December 2015


Racism in the Courtroom

Wednesday 09.12.2015 7:00 PM | Saal

Admission: free

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


Even though it is increasingly acknowledged that racism can be found at many levels of society, the judiciary is usually thought to be a 'neutral' and 'objective' sphere. Thus, the aim of the series of lectures “Racism in the Courtroom” is to open up a space to criticise racism as an everyday phenomenon in the criminal justice system.

The event is organised by a group that monitors racism in the judiciary (Prozessbeobachtungsgruppe Rassismus und Justiz), mainly in Berlin. We cooperate with ReachOut (counselling centre for victims of racist, right-wing extremist and anti-Semitic violence) and KOP (campaign for victims of racist police violence) and have regularly been observing trials for about two years.

After lawyers reported about the courtroom atmosphere for people of colour, a comparative perspective on how the issue is dealt with in the UK, and, most recently, an insight into the psychological dimension of racism within the courtroom, we will use the fourth session to give an account of our work. We would like to present and discuss some transcripts of trials with regard to the following questions: How does racism manifest itself in the courtroom? What recurring patterns can be identified? What difficulties come along with the monitoring of trials? What strategies can we develop for the future?


Lecture and Discussion Series in Co-Operation with ReachOut and KOP