001. Fundamental Rights (Not Only) in Times of a Pandemic

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Key aspects

  • Hardly any situation legitimates to restrict fundamental rights,
    and any restriction needs to be explicitly limited in time.
  • Any (temporary) restriction of fundamental rights requires
    prior public and broad discussion, at least in parliament.
  • Restrictions applied during the COVID-19 pandemic
    are largely unconstitutional (at least in Germany).
  • A public and broad debate about the restrictions
    is shockingly absent in most western societies.
  • Academics have a special responsibility towards society.
    If we don't reflect and intervene, who else?

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COVID-19

Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany

Arts and sciences, research and teaching shall be free. The freedom of teaching shall not release any person from allegiance to the constitution. Article 5, paragraph 3, Basic Law

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