№ 190/2015 from Jun 23, 2015
The first German-Israeli joint doctoral program “Human Rights under Pressure” will be officially opened on June 26. The interdisciplinary doctoral program is a joint project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Minerva Center for Human Rights and Freie Universität Berlin. It aims to attract doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers from such social science disciplines as law, political science, or sociology, as well as philosophy and history. The opening ceremony will be attended by the Israeli ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Yakov Hadas-Handelsmann. It is one of the events taking place this year in recognition of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel. The participating graduate students of both universities will then meet for a summer school, where they will give presentations about their doctoral research projects, as well as visit various memorials to German-Jewish history and the House of the Wannsee Conference. Media representatives are cordially invited to both meetings. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org using the heading “Menschenrechte.”
Currently 12 graduate students are working toward their doctorate, and 12 more will begin in October. Two postdoctoral research fellows are also involved in the interdisciplinary program. The graduate students are based either in Berlin or in Jerusalem and are supervised by professors from both universities. A stay at the partner university is part of the training, and upon graduation, the students can receive a joint PhD from both universities. The project is being funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Another partner is the Human Rights Center at the University of Potsdam.
The research training group is a component of the strategic partnership between Freie Universität Berlin and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An important focus of this extensive cooperation is the joint promotion of junior researchers. The two universities recently signed a joint doctoral degree agreement, the first of its kind between German and Israeli institutions of higher learning, and they set up the joint Berlin-Jerusalem Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
The summer school will include a public evening lecture in the “Meeting Einstein” series of the Einstein Foundation Berlin. The lecture will be given by Avner de-Shalit, Professor of Democracy and Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Advance registration is requested under www.einsteinfoundation.de.
Can Human Rights Law Prevent Torture?
Prof. Dr. Stephen J. Toope, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs – University of Toronto