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Promotion of Young Talent

The Centre's research and documentation activities thrive on the close involvement of students and doctoral candidates. The ICWC supports their student research projects, provides them with the necessary infrastructure and offers them a forum for discursive exchange. For example, young academics can present their work at the Centre's monthly colloquium and discuss it with the interested professional public. The Centre is currently supervising two doctoral projects.

Alexander Benz: "Need for Reform of the StPO with Regard to International Criminal Law Proceedings" (working title)

In this project, special attention is paid to the demand that the German Code of Criminal Procedure (StPO) be revised with regard to international criminal proceedings in order to better take account of their particular requirements. A central element of the dissertation is an investigation of such proceedings before the State Security Senate of the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt, which were located in the context of international criminal law. For this purpose, the daily reports produced by the Trial-Monitoring Programme of the ICWC at the Philipps University Marburg within the framework of trial observation will be evaluated by means of a qualitative secondary analysis. In order to verify the findings gained from this analysis, qualitative interviews with the parties involved in the proceedings are envisaged. After evaluation of the material, an attempt will be made to develop and discuss solutions to the problems identified.

Dirk Stolper: "Eichmann's Lawyer. Impact and Perceptions of Robert Servatius (1894-1983)" (working title)

The project deals with the work and perception of the Cologne lawyer Robert Servatius (1894-1983). The research focuses on the analysis of the defence strategies developed and applied by Servatius in Nazi proceedings between 1945 and 1968 and their reception in the West German and international public. The study thus makes a contribution to the research on the legal confrontation with the Nazi past and crimes, and in particular the role of defence lawyers in this context. However, it also aims at developping and changing NS-related views of history in the German and international public in the decades after 1945.