Symposium The Weimar Constitution – An Impulse for Current International Debates

Nationaltheater Weimar Photo: Thomas Müller

Sat, 02.02.2019

Nationaltheater Weimar

Theaterplatz 2
99423 Weimar

Nationaltheater Weimar


Remembering the first Weimar National Assembly 100 years ago is not just about honouring the great achievements of the constitution such as assuring fundamental and equal rights. The shadows of later interpretations are also reflected in the current dialogue about the future of democracy. For the wording of the Weimar Constitution laid the foundation for many other European and non-European constitutions. But how familiar are we, the citizens, with the content of this constitution and what does it mean to us? Are we ready to defend it?
Former Bundestag president Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert will hold the opening address. The high-ranking panel will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Martin Sabrow, director of the Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam.
Pablo Holmes, professor of political and constitutional theory at the Universidade de Brasilia, Fernando Vallespín Oña, professor of political science at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Ece Göztepe Çelebi, professor of constitutional law at Bilkent Üniversitesi in Ankara will debate from the perspectives of their countries and regions.
A symposium organised by the Goethe-Institut, the Dramaturgische Gesellschaft and the DNT.
Admission is free.
Symposium The Weimar Constitution – An Impulse for Current International Debates
11 am: Welcome
11:10 to 11:30 am: Opening address by Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, former Bundestag president
11:30 am to 1 pm: Panel with Prof. Dr. Pablo Holmes (BRA), Prof. Dr. Ece Göztepe Çelebi (TUR), Prof. Dr. Fernando Vallespín Ona (ESP)
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Martin Sabrow (DE)
Followed by a discussion with the audience 

Further information on the participants of the discussion panel:
Digital invitation card