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Prof. Dr. Niels Petersen
Lehrstuhl für öffentliches Recht, Völker- und
Europarecht sowie empirische Rechtsforschung
Universitätsstr. 14-16
48143 Münster

Tel.: +49-251-83-22021

E-mail: niels.petersen [at]

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Study on Equal Protection Guarantees

Most human rights catalogues contain an equal protection guarantee. However, while everybody agrees that equality is an important value, there is little agreement on what equality actually means. Consequently, it is not surprising that the doctrinal conceptualisation differs between jurisdictions. This study wants to look at different doctrinal conceptualisations of the equal protection clause across various jurisdictions. It has both a descriptive and an analytical aim. On a descriptive level, it observes which social groups are protected by the judicial conceptualisation of the equal protection clause in a specific jurisdiction. On an analytical level, it tries to explain the observation. What are the reasons for a particular outcome. Are they doctrinal, cultural, historical?

Balkan Summer University

The Itinerant Balkan Summer University is a project that brings together students, PhD candidates and professors from different Balkan countries as well as from France and Germany for an academic exchange. Every year, the summer university takes place at different universities in the Balkan region. It consists of a conference module for PhD candidates and senior academics and different workshops for students. The main goal of the summer university is to create and strengthen networks between a Balkan universities regardless of nationality, ethnicity and religious background.

2014 – The Balkans on the Way to Europe
3-14 September in Skopje, Prishtina & Tirana

2015 – Accession to the European Union and Identity of the Balkans
9-16 September in Skopje & Prishtina | 28 October - 3 November in Tirana & Podgorica

2016 – Refugees, Migration and Rule of Law in Balkan Countries
11-15 September in Skopje | 3-6 November in Sofia

2018 – Identity in the European Union and the Balkans
17-26 September 2018 in Prishtina, Skopje & Belgrade