Winter School WORKSHOPS

Winter School WORKSHOPS


Prof. Friedrich Edelmayer 

 The Holy Roman Empire


 Dr. Klaas Dykmann 

The European Union in the World


Prof. Klaus Bachmann
The Prosecutor versus Laurent Kabuga

Transitional Justice in action - a court room simulation

During the workshop participants will take part in the simulation of a trial session at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha. In order to prepare them for the simulation, an introduction into the functioning of the tribunal, its jurisdiction and the rule of procedure and evidence will be given at the beginning. In a second step, participants take over the roles of prosecutors, defense counsels and judges and will get additional information (a "mandate" for their role, background information and legal explanations). Then they will have to prepare a strategy. The step consists of the proceedings in court, which may be interrupted in order to provide the parties with additional information.

The workshop is conceptualized in a way, that inclines participants to negotiate a trade off between contradictory / competing values (justice vs. freedom, fairness vs. efficiency) and introduces them to the basic principles of international criminal and humanitarian law. It encourages them to argue and dispute with legal arguments and to use knowledge about conflicts and law in order to influence the outcome of the proceedings.


Justin Brown works for the consultancy GPR Dehler. He is an alumnus from the global studies program and was formerly a tutor of international politics at Deakin University.


 The workshop will analyze resource extraction and the “commodity curse” in Africa, with particular reference to the role of corporations from a practitioner’s perspective. We will begin by providing an overview of various theories of globalization, before turning to an analysis of the different actors and their interests in the “plight of Africa” (e.g., African governments, great powers, NGOs, multinational corporations, local African communities, and so on). Broader themes will be explored, such as knowledge and education, technology, methods of production, consumption, provision of capital, the private sector and civil activism. After providing this multifaceted overview of the various power dynamics impacting Africa, we will attempt to define “political development”, “social development” and “economic development” (in both our own societies and in Africa), relating our definitions to resource extraction in Africa.

Throughout the workshop we will maintain a strong focus on our own role in the emerging world order as students and future alumni of the global studies program. We will explore the values underpinning our own particular perspective, and how we each individually understand processes of change.

The final part of the workshop will be a debate. Participants will break into groups and deliver an argument on resource extraction in Africa, taking into account the relationship between theory, practice and advocacy as explored during the workshop. Each group will be given a chance to rebut the arguments of the other groups.