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Webinar 11 December: The Protection of Fundamental Rights in the European Union – A Transnational Portrait

We were pleased to invite 3IN Alliance staff and students to join our third webinar on 11 December at 13:30-15:00 CET. The webinar was organised by University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS) as part of their Human Rights Week.

The Protection of Fundamental Rights in the European Union – A transnational portrait

The European Union and its member states have long been committed to Human Rights. The main goals are to grant those rights to all EU citizens and to promote them worldwide. However, violations of those rights still occur and are often justified with questionable policies, e.g. in the fields of asylum, security, economy and trade, etc. Therefore, our focus lies on the European Union and its member states and, more precisely, on their course of action when it comes to protecting and promoting Human Rights.

Four experts from 3IN Members provided a transnational portrait of several European regions and their Human Rights situation. We started with Achim Foerster analysing the relation between the “Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union” and German national law. He tackled the question, how EU instruments of fundamental rights are integrated into the German legal system and pointed out current discourses in this field. Our colleague in France, Julien Cazala, elaborated on a similar topic, from the French perspective. Our colleague in Finland, Marja Katisko, described the contemporary topic in Finland about the rights of undocumented persons, who have applied for asylum in 2015 and have been rejected. In the end, our colleague in Norway, Hans Morten Haugen, focused on three topics, when comparing the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Norwegian Constitution: the environment, the freedom of conscience, and the scientific and artistic freedom.


13:30 – 13:35
Welcome & Introduction
Stefanie Witter (FHWS)

13:35 – 13:55
The Protection of Fundamental Rights in the European Union –  German Perspective
Achim Förster (FHWS)

13:55 – 14:15
The Protection of Fundamental Rights in the European Union – French Perspective
Julien Cazala (USPN)

14:15 – 14:35
Undocumented migrants and their Constitutional and Human Rights – Case Finland
Marja Katisko (Diak)

14:35 – 14:55
The Norwegian Constitutional Reform 2014; emphasising the right to environmental protection , and omission of freedom of conscience and of academic freedom
Hans Morten Haugen (VID)

14:55 – 15:00
Conclusion & Wrap Up
Stefanie Witter (FHWS)


Registration for the webinar was closed on 2 December.

More Information

For more information and late registration, please contact Stefanie Witter at FHWS: stefanie.witter(at)