February 2015


Racism in the Courtroom

Wednesday 25.02.2015 7:00 PM | Seminar Room 1

Admission: free

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ ReachOut e.V. / KOP


Racism in the courtroom/at court

Lecture and Discussion Series

Session 1/4: ”Lawyers Reporting”


The courtroom, an apparently neutral place!? The discussion that racism can be found at all levels of society in Germany is not a new one. However, the judiciary remains in most cases outside of the discussion. Even though trials are taking place every day, little becomes public. Racism is an everyday phenomenon in the judiciary, but neither actors from the judiciary nor society as a whole address this problem. For this reason, we would like to create a space to discuss this issue. For this purpose lawyers will be reporting on their cases and their experiences in court. By giving account of what difficulties they have when broaching the topic, they will illustrate how racism works in this specific context.


The event is organised by the Prozessbeobachtungsgruppe Rassismus und Justiz, a group that monitors racism in the judiciary, and is a cooperation with ReachOut, a counselling centre for victims of racist, right-wing extremist and anti-Semitic violence and the KOP, the Campaign for Victims of Racist Police Violence. For nearly a year, we have regularly been observing court trials and posing the question: What effects does racism have on/within the judiciary in Germany?


The two Berlin-based lawyers, Asha Hedayati and Maren Burkhardt, have been invited to speak to the public.

Next Sessions: 20.05., 16.09., 9.12.