September 2015


Racism in the Courtroom

Wednesday 16.09.2015 7:00 PM | Saal

Admission: free

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


Psychological Perspectives

The series "Racism in the Courtroom" aims to open up a space, in which racism in the justice system can be addressed and criticized. In Germany, racism is being increasingly discussed as a phenomenon that affects all levels of society. The judiciary, however, remains mostly outside of the discussion.

A similar exclusion is taking place in psychological professional debate: Here, migration is often problematized as a psychological risk factor, yet the role of everyday experiences with racism in this context is not discussed.

These hidden topics we would like to bring together and discuss in the third event of our series - Racism in the Courtroom: The mirage of neutral courts suggests justice without the respect of persons. Assuming that it is permeated by racism and other power structures, this promise of neutrality is not respected. The extent to which the institution of the judiciary is an unsettling factor for people affected by racism, is what we would like to consider this evening and discuss.

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?




Eben Louw: Alternative Practicioner for Psychotherapy, Systematic Therapist (SG), BSc (hons.) Psychology, MSc Health Psychology, Dipl. Med. Tech., working as psychologist at counseling center "Opra" for victims of right-wing extremist, racist and anti-semitic violence.