A talk by scholar Dominik Steiger will explore the status of citizen participation.

Deutsches Haus at NYU will present a talk by Dominik Steiger, the Deutsches Haus at NYU DAAD Visiting Fellow, on A Citizen's Guide to the Participatory State: Beware of the Leopard? on Friday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. The event at 42 Washington Mews, New York, N.Y., is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required: please send an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat.

In his presentation Dominik will explore citizen’s participation which is demanded not only by the people in Russia or the Maghreb but also in Germany – a country one might not immediately identify as displaying a democratic deficit. Although it is true that Germany already performs at a very elevated democratic level, Dominik will argue that there are many things to be improved in order to truly speak of a Participatory State. Even if politicians and others warn of the dangers of participation, it will be shown that the dangers are containable; either because they are no dangers at all or because the application of the separation of powers doctrine to participation prevents these dangers from realizing.

Dominik Steiger is an Emile Noël Fellow at New York University School of Law’s Jean Monnet Center where he is pursuing his current research project The Separation of Powers Doctrine and the Power of Participation which is founded by the DFG (German Research Foundation). He is also a Senior Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin and currently completes his Habilitation entitled The Participatory State. Dominik studied in Regensburg, Aix-en-Provence and Potsdam and obtained a Dr. iur. at the Potsdam University with a thesis on The Prohibition of Torture in Public International Law and the 'War on Terror‘. His research and teaching focuses on Human Rights Law, Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, United Nations Law, European Law and (Comparative) Constitutional and Administrative Law. He has worked inter alia for the German Foreign Office’s Department of Human Rights and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. In 2012, Dominik was a Visiting Senior Fellow at Stellenbosch University.

This event is presented with generous support by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

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