2014, Sun, Mar 16

Forensics and Human Rights Abuse

Wolfgang Kaleck in conversation with Anselm Franke

Wolfgang Kaleck, specialized in European and international criminal law and human rights, and general secretary for the ECCHR in conversation with Anselm Franke

Moderation: Silvia Fehrmann


Wolfgang Kaleck, specialised in European and international criminal law and human rights, founded the human rights law organization ECCHR in 2007 together with other lawyers working internationally, and is its general secretary. The Berlin-based ECCHR investigates and supports a range of legal proceedings in Europe against state and non-state actors suspected of committing crimes against international law. In the field of business and human rights, ECCHR uses legal mechanisms to combat inhumane working conditions. Since 1998 he has been an advocate for the Koalition gegen Straflosigkeit (Coalition against Impunity) which fights to hold Argentinian military officials accountable for the murder and disappearance of German citizens during the Argentinian dictatorship era. From 2004 until 2008, together with the New York Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), he pursued criminal proceedings against members of the US military, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Wolfgang Kaleck is a member of the Centre of European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen (ZERP) and the Forum for International and Criminal and Humanitarian Law (FICHL). Two of his books were recently published in German by Klaus Wagenbach: Mit zweierlei Maß. Der Westen und das Völkerstrafrecht (Double Standards: The West and International Criminal Law), 2012, and Kampf gegen die Straflosigkeit. Argentiniens Militärs vor Gericht (Fighting against Impunity: Argentina’s Military on Trial), 2010. Since recently, Wolfgang Kaleck is the German legal advisor of Edward Snowden.


Anselm Franke is a curator and writer based in Berlin as well as a research fellow on the Forensic Architecture project. Since 2013 he has been Head of Visual Art and Film at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin. He was the curator of the 2012 Taipei Biennial. His project “Animism” has been presented in Antwerp, Bern, Vienna, Berlin, New York, Shenzhen, Seoul, and Beirut from 2010 to 2014. At the HKW, he co-curated (with Diedrich Diederichsen) “The Whole Earth. California and the Disappearance of the Outside” (2013), and (with Annett Busch) “After Year Zero. Geographies of Collaboration” (2013). From 2006 to 2010 he was artistic director of Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen, where he curated exhibitions such as “Sergei Eisenstein: The Mexican Drawings.” He was a co-curator of Manifesta 7 in Trento, Italy. Until 2006, he was curator at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Franke has edited numerous publications and regularly contributes articles to magazines such as e-flux journal and Parkett.