Europäische
Netzwerktagung

Das Anliegen von
„Christ und Jurist“ ist es, christlichen Glauben und juristische Arbeit so zu verbinden, dass der Einsatz für das Recht zum Dienst am
Menschen wird.

Sommerkolleg
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Overview

For each workshop session (A and B) you can choose between one of the following workshops offered:
(please scroll down for detailled workshop descriptions)

Workshops A: About Freedom

  1. Freedom in Law – Freedom in the State – Freedom in the Society
  2. Living in Freedom – Dying in Freedom? Discussing Euthanasia
  3. Expériences concrètes de liberté lorsque l'on est dans la position de l'accusé (franz.)
  4. “Towards Freedom” – Free Forms in the Penal System
  5. Freedom for the Oppressed: IJM’s work for Justice (probably in English)
  6. Religious Freedom Worldwide
  7. Pastoral Care – a practical workshop for Christian lawyers
  8. Living your faith in the workplace: As Christian lawyers in the professional life
  9. Learning freedom – Sharing freedom. How we as a society can cope with the challenges of the refugee crisis

Workshops B: Freedom in the workplace

  1. Judiciary
  2. Advocates, consultants, accountants and law-firm employees
  3. Enterprises and federations (in-house lawyers)
  4. Administration and Civil Service
  5. "Young Talents" (law students and junior lawyers)
  6. Media, Public Relations, Politics
  7. Freedom in Private Law – Between Private Autonomy and the Obligation to Contract
  8. Living your faith in the workplace: From lawyer‘s to priest’s robe?
  9. Ways of Achieving Freedom and the Attitude of the Free Man (in English)


Workshop Descriptions:

(Workshops A: About Freedom)

1. Freedom in Law – Freedom in the State – Freedom in the Society
Prof. Dr. Fabian Wittreck, Münster

Freedom is one of the central values of our society and one of the fundamental concepts of law. Following the lecture on „Freedom in the Constitutional State”, this workshop will give the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion on the various facets of the concepts of freedom in law, state and society.

2. Living in Freedom – Dying in Freedom? Discussing Euthanasia
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Schockenhoff, Freiburg

What does it mean to die in a humane way? The political and public debate concerning this topic is in full progress. Cases of active euthanasia in Belgium for both children and people suffering from depression caused a stir. In November 2015, the German Parliament passed a new law concerning palliative and hospice care. Which of the positions in the present debate are viable, also from a Christian point of view? The workshop will leave space to discuss ethical, theological, and legal questions regarding euthanasia and palliative care.

3. Expériences concrètes de liberté lorsque l'on est dans la position de l'accusé –
Experiencing freedom when being accused
(French speaking workshop, without translation)

Georgina Dufoix

Georgina Dufoix, ancienne ministre aux affaires sociales et de la Solidarité nationale, mise en cause à l’époque dans l’affaire du sang contaminé, s'est trouvée dans la position de l’accusé dans les médias et face à la justice française. Comment peut-on, face à des critiques personnelles et politiques, vivre et être libre ? Dans cet atelier, Madame Dufoix se penchera sur les aspects de la notion de liberté chrétienne, au regard de son vécu et de sa foi.
As the former French minister of social affairs during the scandal about contaminated units in blood banks, Georgina Dufoix suddenly found herself in the position of the accused, both by the media and the French judiciary. How can one experience freedom in such a situation of personal and political hostility? Based on her own personal history, Ms Dufoix will examine some interesting aspects of the Christian concept of freedom in this workshop.

4. “Towards Freedom” – Free Forms in the Penal System
Tobias Merckle, Seehaus Leonberg

At the Seehaus Leonberg (near Stuttgart) and Seehaus Störmthal (near Leipzig) young inmates are received into families and prepared for a life without crime through school, apprenticeship, sports, community service, and the demonstration of Christian values. Seehaus e.V. also offers a counseling service for victims and the program „Offenders and Victims in Dialogue”, where victims and offenders (not of related cases) meet together in discussion groups.

5. Freedom for the Oppressed: IJM’s work for Justice (probably in English)
Dr. Andreas Weiss, Lawyer and Board Chair International Justice Mission Deutschland e.V.

Today, there are an estimated 36 million slaves in the world according to the Global Slavery Index, and 2 million children in the commercial sex trade according to UNICEF. The UN estimates that approximately 4 billion people live outside the protection of law. How can lawyers, prosecutors and judges help to bring freedom to the oppressed and real change to our world today? This workshop from International Justice Mission (IJM), the world's largest anti-slavery organization, shows the important role of legal professionals and the rule of law.

6. Religious Freedom Worldwide
Dr. Thomas Müller, Open Doors

Freedom is a perennial issue, and currently there is much discussion about it. Yet one freedom is in danger of not being taken note of – religious freedom. Being constitutive for one's personality, it is a freedom that around the globe is being limited most often. In this workshop, we want to explore the meaning of religious freedom and evaluate the current situation.

7. Pastoral Care – a practical workshop for Christian lawyers
Susi & Michael Leitenstorfer

Christian lawyers can be challenged in various ways to help others towards freedom by offering pastoral care: in their profession, in church, or in private settings. Through real life case studies, this workshop will serve to finding helpful ways of dealing with different situations of pastoral care.

8. Living your faith in the workplace: As Christian lawyers in the professional life
Martin Franke, Attorney-at-law and others

Both our Christian faith and our work in the legal professions present us with numerous challenges. How can we successfully combine our faith and our professional life? Christians in various legal professions will testify to how they have experienced God’s working in the workplace. (Part I and Part 2 of this workshop can be attended separately).

9. Learning freedom – Sharing freedom. How we as a society can cope with the challenges of the refugee crisis
Ulrich Bubeck, Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands e.V.

When a large number of people migrates, both sides are challenged – the refugees as well as the receiving societies. Not only is the administration and its processes strained, but different views and ideas about culture and civil society clash and cause tension. At the same time, both sides are interested in the success of a joint solution: the refugees desire to build a new life in freedom and security within the western societies, thus offering the possibility to solve the demographically induced problems in the job market and social systems of these societies – if we act with wisdom, a sense for the intercultural dynamics,  and being confidently rooted in the fundamental values of our society.


(Workshops B: Freedom in the workplace)

1–6. Different legal professions

  1. Judiciary
  2. Advocates, consultants, accountants and law-firm employees
  3. Enterprises and federations (in-house lawyers)
  4. Administration and Civil Service
  5. "Young Talents" (law students and junior lawyers)
  6. Media, Public Relations, Politics

7. Freedom in Private Law – Between Private Autonomy and the Obligation to Contract
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hanns Prütting, Köln

The workshop endeavors to shed light on the concept of freedom within private law. Discussing pertinent examples of case-law, both the fundamental importance of contractual freedom and its limits will be examined.

8. Living your faith in the workplace: From lawyer‘s to priest’s robe?
Pastor Dr. iur. Friedemann Kuttler and others

In this workshop, we will hear from Christian lawyers whose professional life took a particular turn. After having completed their legal education, they took to serving full-time as ministers in the church. In a conversational style, this workshop will offer personal perspectives on  profession, calling, and faith. (Part I and Part 2 of this workshop can be attended separately)

9. Ways of Achieving Freedom and the Attitude of the Free Man (in English)
Latcho Popov, President of Advocates Europe

In the New Testament, the concept of freedom is often understood as freedom from the slavery of sin. Someone who believes in Jesus is seen as truly free even if persecuted for his faith. In contrast, someone who does not accept that he needs redemption is described as unfree and subordinate to his own egoistic compulsions. In this workshop, relevant bible portions concerning the freedom from sin will be regarded in the context of political systems that did not accept the existence of God such as Soviet communism.