70 years Basic Law – the German Federal State as Reflected in International Experiences

From 4 to 5 November 2019 in Berlin
in the Federal Council, Berlin Leipziger Str. 3-4 10117 Berlin

On the occasion of the upcoming 70th year anniversary on the Basic Law in 2019, the international conference will address current issues surrounding German federalism. Since German unification, there have been significant reforms with far-reaching amendments to the Basic Law. The German federal state has had to repeatedly adapt to changing framework conditions as a result of this. The unique, historically developed model of federalism has not been fundamentally revised, however. Federalism in Germany has continually proven to be versatile and adaptable. Nevertheless, the question arises as to whether federalism in its present form is prepared for the challenges of the future or whether there is a need for further reforms, including those that modify the Basic Law.

This question requires a historical and comparative analysis. Based on a review of major developments in the German federal state, particularly against the background of important constitutional reforms, as well as on an appraisal of the current situation, the aim is to discuss the change and constancy of German federalism on the one hand and its efficiency and future viability on the other. The objective is to open up interdisciplinary perspectives and to conduct dialogue between science and practice.

Furthermore, the view on the German debate will be broadened to include international perspectives: How is German federalism internationally perceived? What can we learn from other federal states for the challenges that lie ahead?

The event is divided up into three interrelated content blocks:

–Review and reflection: 70 years Basic Law –versatility and adaptability

–Stocktaking and analysis of current political challenges based on selected policy fields: Education, domestic security, integration

–Dialogue between science and practice about future perspectives

The conference will take place with simultaneous interpreting German/English.

English Agenda
German Agenda

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