From the 9th to the 11th November 2015, the delegates will undergo the Committee Work, which is the core of the academic programme of the session. Here, the delegates will develop solutions to European issues in international committees. Additionally, the discussion with experts will constitute a very important additional element to the academic programme. Within this event format the delegates will be offered the opportunity to discuss with experts from academics, politics, society and economy about fundamental rights issues, conflicts and particularities, which are relevant to their respective committee topics. Thereby, they will obtain valuable information as well as suggestions to their committee topics and other committee topics at first hand. The expert hearing will take place on Tuesday 10th November 2015 in the afternoon.

The overarching theme “Fundamental Rights in Europe” includes complex considerations and has large-scale effects on European citizens, it is especially important that participants contemplate the discussed topics carefully. We expect meaningful personalities, who have specialised knowledge and expertise in the fields of the committee topics, and hope that this will induce the delegates to scrutinise their own point of view as well as to think deeper and further.

Expert Format

The challenging task of Committee Work requires diligent preparation and dialogue, which will be encouraged through our expert format on Tuesday, November 10th 2015. Conversations with experts from various scientific, economic, political and civil backgrounds allow delegates to hear about first-hand experiences and the relevance of their committee topic in real life.

During the expert format, committees will work in topic clusters, which consist of three different committees with a different topic each. Topics in the same cluster are likely to include some similar conflicts or challenges. The clusters are sub-areas of the session’s theme “Fundamental Rights in Europe” and are as follows:

  • – Good Governance
  • – Solidarity
  • – Equality
  • – Identity
  • – Justice

For the rounds of discussion each committee will be split up into three sub-groups in order to be joined by two sub-groups of the other two committees of its cluster. Consequently, each expert discussion will consist of representatives of all three committees from one cluster. These newly formed groups will thus benefit from each other’s already acquired knowledge and engage in a debate that will enable participants to put their topic into a broader context as well as widen their horizons.

These newly formed groups will initially meet to define common discussion goals and set a joint agenda for the expert discussion. They will then go on to meet two experts on two of the cluster’s topics. Here, the participants will learn something new about the other topics and engage in broader debates that will help them in the further run of committee work.

Good Governance

Dr. Stefan Lehne, Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe, Vienna

Frank Burgdörfer, Team Europe of the Representation of the European Commission in Germany

Dr. Ramin Dadasov, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the European Research Centre on Corruption and State-Building, Berlin

Otfried Nassauer, Director of the Berlin Information Center for Transatlantic Security, Berlin


Michelle Oliel, Founder of the Stahili Foundation, The Hague

Markus Altmann, Officer at the German Bundesbank, Dresden

Jörg Haas, Researcher at the Jacques Delors Institute, Berlin

Dr. Evita Schmieg, Researcher at the German Institute for Foreign and Security Policy, Berlin

Holger Bär, Research Fellow at the Environmental Policy Research Centre at the Free University, Berlin


Nadja Wenger, Amnesty International in Germany, Berlin

Charlotte Kastner, Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, Berlin

Kajsa Berg, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin


Roland Jahn, Officer of the German government for Stasi documents and Journalist, Leipzig

Ruth Ennis, YouAct

Aleksandra Semeriak, European Network on Statelessness, London

Dr. Cornelia Lange, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin


Almuth Haensch, German Ministry for Justice and State Prosecutor, Berlin

Dr. Gunther Schnabl, Professor at the Institute for Economic Policy, Leipzig

Julian Staben, Alexander von Humboldt Institut for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin





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