Our profile –
or who we really are?
The akj at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin came into existence
in February 1996 and is neither a formal association nor a corporation
nor any other kind of hierarchically structured organization. More than
anything, the akj is an open forum for legal and political discussion.
In our capacity as law students we engage primarily in the analysis of
the existing legal system and its development. As people with a critical
attitude we take the additional liberty to criticize the law and its development,
to question it and to point out alternatives.
We are entirely independent from political parties. The main characteristic
of our political point of view is our inclination towards social emancipation.
Social Emancipation means that we do not consider the existing structures
of subordination among human beings or between human beings and the State
to be the end of all development, but that we question them and believe
they should be abolished. On this account we discuss for example the following
topics: The growing police competences, the ongoing destruction of the
right to political asylum, repression against migrant workers and the
limitation of employment rights.
During the lecture period we offer discussions and events on different
topics of legal or general politics. Our qualified lecturers give a brief
overview on the topic, followed by an open discussion. The lectures usually
take place on Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Law Faculty (Bebelplatz 1), Room
We participate in the ongoing debate
concerning legal education. We criticise reform proposals that are exclusively
motivated by the intent to save money. The important part for us is the
possibility to study law as a science instead of merely being educated
for legal practice. Law studies should not be subordinated to the job
market. This means that law studies should concentrate on the ability
to critically reflect law and its functions as well as on the understanding
of legal topics and their interaction with economical and social aspects.
Law studies should be organized in such a way that it is possible to pass
the final examinations without having to resort to private lessons given
by a commercial “Repetitor”.
Political Justice is hardly ever mentioned in the legal and political
debate in Germany. On this account we attend and observe trials
on political crimes in order to make them known to the public. In this
area we do not limit ourselves to Germany; among other cases we support
the resistance against the imprisonment and death sentence for Mumia Abu
Jamal in the US.
In addition we organize group
internships in the offices of lawyers with a critical attitude. As
an alternative to the traditional legal internships, where the trainee
is often no more than a suitcase carrier, the participants have the possibility
to exchange their experiences and to discuss the self-conception of lawyers.
The akj is not limited to academic debate. We cooperate with Human Rights
Groups or the Antifascist movement in certain cases.
das freischüßler is the akj journal
and was first published in April 1999. In this journal we intend to write
against the conservative hegemony in legal discussion. Whoever wishes
to participate is welcome to write articles or comments and send them
The “annex” is another
one of our periodical publications. It offers a possibility to discuss
certain legal or political topics in a more extensive way than the limited
pages of the „freischüßler“ allow us. This way we intend to provide a
forum for critical analysis and to support young authors.
The akj has a critical attitude towards a many recent developments, but
with regard to the World Wide Web we keep up with the times. Our continuously
updated homepage is www.akj-berlin.de
and our email address is email@example.com
From the past and a possible future:
Until May 2002, the akj used to be a part of the „Bundesarbeitskreis
kritischer Juragruppen (BAKJ)”, a countrywide
network of law student groups with a critical attitude. In this context
the magazine “Forum Recht” was published as well as a yearbook on Human
Rights called “Grundrechtereport”. The BAKJ regularly organizes conventions
on legal politics. In 2008 the cooperation will be intensified once more.
Latest news on the akj and its activities can be found on our homepage,
in our blog "Sondervotum"
and on the posters advertising our lectures. During the lecture period
we meet on Thursdays at 6.00 p.m. in room 144 of the Law Faculty (Bebelplatz
2, 1st floor) – just come to meet us.
Mail adress: c/o RefRat HUB, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin.