Research and Knowledge Transfer Hub for Rule of Law Promotion – RSF Hub
Restricting and binding state power in the interest of the protection of individual freedom and material justice are fundamental preconditions for peace, security, and sustainable development. Advancing the rule of law in line with this understanding is the goal of projects on rule of law promotion.
As a focal point bringing together scholarship and practice, RSF Hub supports the German Federal Foreign Office's engagement in rule of law promotion and transitional justice through research, advisory, and networking activities. To this end, RSF Hub staff are seconded to the German Federal Foreign Office and support its Directorate-General for Humanitarian Assistance, Crisis Prevention Stabilisation and Post-Conflict Reconstruction.
In the field of research, RSF Hub currently works on the Handbook on Rule of Law Promotion for Research and Practice (in German) which will be published at the end of 2020. RSF Hub staff furthermore contribute articles to scientific journals and academic blogs on rule of law promotion and related topics. In 2019, RSF Hub curated the debate on rule of law promotion on the PeaceLab blog which made a substantial contribution to the development of the German government’s strategy on rule of law promotion.
As part of its advisory and networking activities, RSF Hub organises round tables and expert talks which are subsequently summarised and published in the form of reports and impulse papers. A first, ongoing series of expert talks is conducted under the guiding theme "Innovation for Rule of Law Promotion and Transitional Justice". Following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, a second series of expert talks was launched on the challenges of the pandemic on rule of law promotion. All papers and reports published so far are available for download:
Expert talk series “Rule of Law Promotion in Times of Covid-19“:
The last expert discussion in this series on global perspectives will take place on 8 July 2020 and will be held as a public webinar. Further information can be found here, the link to the event can be found here.
Expert talk series “Innovation for Rule of Law Promotion and Transitional Justice“:
Round table series on rule of law promotion in the German Federal Foreign Office:
Dr. Tilmann Röder (Research Coordinator) and Johannes Socher (Research Fellow)
Ines Obel (Project Administrator)
Michelle Benzing, Merle Jungenkrüger, and Stephanie Lorang (Student Assistants)
Freie Universität Berlin
Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft (OSI)
Arbeitsstelle Transnationale Beziehungen, Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (ATASP)