Draft program

IARLJ Workshop in Berlin 1 June 2015
‘Refugee Recognition and Discrete Behaviour‘
Europaïsche Akademie Berlin
Bismarckallee 46/48
D - 14193 Berlin
Sunday, 31 May 2015 Arrival of Participants
Monday, 1 June 2015
Words of Welcome
9.15 - 10.00
Actual Judicature of CJEU and ECtHR on Refugee Law - a general overview (Hugo
10.00 - 10.30
Refugee Recognition and Discrete Behaviour - The CJEU-Judgment on Religion
(Harald Dörig)
10.30 - 11.00
Reflections on Credibility Assessment (Prof. Gregor Noll, Sweden)
11.00 - 11.30
Coffee Break
11.30 - 12.30
Working Groups on how to assess the credibility of conversion and religious practise
which can constitute persecution
12.30 - 13.30
13.30 - 14.00
Refugee Recognition and Discrete Behaviour - The two CJEU-Judgments on
Homosexuality (Dutch Council of State)
14.00 - 15.30
Working Groups on how to assess the credibility of a person claiming to be a
15.30 - 16.00
Coffee Break
16.00 - 17.00
Processing Asylum Claims for EU Member Countries in Northern Africa (Prof. Gregor
Noll, Sweden) - including discussion
Additional Offer for Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Our colleague Dirk Maresch has offered us a very interesting excursion for those who would like to
stay on Tuesday:
We could rent a coach and see the Kammergericht (15 minutes from the European Academy), the
highest civil and criminal court in Berlin. It is working in the very building Germany as a whole was
governed from by the four allies directly after WW II. You can still see boards in English, French and
Russian. We could have a guided tour which ends in the plenary hall where in August 1944 the
Volksgerichtshof presided by Roland Freisler sentenced to death a significant number of Germans
who were involved in the attempt to kill Hitler. The Nazis filmed the trials secretly through a hole in
a giant swastika flag. Afterwards, although the film was supposed to become a propaganda coup, it
turned out to be so terrible that they didn´t dare show it to the German people. It went to a secret
archive and was recovered in West Germany after the war. Freisler had shouted so horribly that it
was difficult to process the film to let people understand what he had said.
We will be shown a 5 minutes sequence of the film. It is hard to stand watching the film when you
are sitting in the same room, with the same parquet floor and fireplace still there. After seeing the
film there would be some time to ask questions and to have a look at the memorial commemorating
the victims.
From the Kammergericht it would be a 20 minutes trip by coach to the Gedenkstätte Plötzensee
where the defendants were hanged immediately after their trial.
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It is a silent memorial site, no guided tour.
The memorial site is close to Tegel Airport. Given the new single airport in Schönefeld will not yet be
operated at that time, the coach could bring the majority of participants directly to Tegel Airport. All
others could be dropped out at a convenient public transport station.
The whole programme would take up to 3 hours (15 minutes coach trip, 1 ½ hours Kammergericht,
20 minutes coach trip, ½ hour Plötzensee).