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globaler konstitutionalismus

Global Constitutionalism and the Internet

The Global Constitutionalism and the Internet research group focuses on new legal and institutional approaches to transnational and global governance for a digital society. The group aims at translating widely accepted constitutional principles such as human dignity, fundamental rights and freedoms, democracy and participation, separation of powers and the rule of law into specific institutional arrangements that can claim legitimacy on different political levels.

In view of the increasing need for effective regulation of the internet as a global infrastructure for communication and control – i.e. for regulation beyond the state, not limited to but especially in the areas of the environment, security and trade – the group is seeking new approaches to the legal construction of processes and institutions in which human rights and democratic legitimation form the basis for a normative framework for the various forms of governance.

Global constitutionalism is to be understood as a normative theory that places the individual, not state structures, at its centre and sees generally accepted constitutional principles such as human dignity, freedom and equality rights, democracy and participation, the separation of powers and the rule of law as inviolable values in the increasingly dense world of politics. Relations between people at the global level and the legal framework will be explored. The aim is to “translate” these principles into democratic legitimised decision-making processes at the various political levels. The internet could play a significant role in this. This potential needs to be explored – but so do the risks associated with the use of information technologies – in order to understand the necessary normative consequences.

Global Constitutionalism and the Internet

In the Global Constitutionalism and the Internet research group, we investigate how technologies contribute to the formation of norms beyond the state and deal with the question of how these processes can be reconstructed from the perspective of constitutionalism theories. We address questions from the fields of data protection, cyber security and public administration that extend beyond their application cases from a both a transdisciplinary  and a legal point of view. We focus in particular on the following questions:

 

European Identity

The individual

Can we think of different orders from the individual? What shifts result if we focus on the individual in the governance of the Internet or the reform of administration?

Globalization

Global negotiation process

How are the new global orders that will shape life in the world being negotiated? How does unity and diversity emerge in areas such as data protection or IT and cyber security?

Digital constitution

What does a constitution mean in a “digital constellation”? What are the principles behind digital technologies such as the Internet?

  • Politics & law · Society & culture

    Cybersecurity

    The project explores the important, both mutually beneficial and conflict-prone relationship between cybersecurity and privacy. It also aims to find common ground for regulating...
  • Politics & law

    The Public International Law of the Internet

    The research project "The Public International Law of the Internet" at HIIG aims at redefining the relationship between human rights law and the internet.
  • Media & data · Politics & law

    Global Privacy Governance

    This project aims to better understand processes of global negotiations, problem framing, regulation and enforcement in this field, both empirically and conceptually.

Completed research projects

 

Former employees

Books

Pohle, J. (2018). Datenschutz und Technikgestaltung: Geschichte und Theorie des Datenschutzes aus informatischer Sicht und Folgerungen für die Technikgestaltung. Berlin, Germany: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. DOI: 10.18452/19136 Publication details

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Henningsen, S., Florian, M., Rust, S. & Scheuermann, B. (2020). Mapping the Interplanetary Filesystem. IFIP Networking 2020. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2018). Risk Management in the Digital Constellation – A Constitutional Perspective (part II). Revista de Internet, Derecho y Política (IDP)(27), 79-95. Publication details

Djeffal, C. (2018). Künstliche Intelligenz in der Öffentlichen Verwaltung. Berichte des Nationalen E-Government Kompetenzzentrums, 3. Publication details

Edited works

Kettemann, M. C., & Lachmayer, K. (2021). Pandemocracy in Europe. Power, Parliaments and People in Times of COVID-19. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing. Publication details

Pernice, I., & Pohle, J. (2018). Privacy and Cyber Security on the Books and on the Ground. Berlin, Germany: Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. Publication details

Papadopoulou, L., Pernice, I., & Weiler, J. H. H. (Eds.) (2018). Legitimacy Issues of the European Union in the Face of Crisis: Dimitris Tsatsos in memoriam, 2. edition., 2. unedited Baden-Baden: Nomos. Publication details

Papadopoulou, L., Pernice, I., & Weiler, J. H. H. (Eds.) (2017). Legitimacy Issues of the European Union in the Face of Crisis: Dimitris Tsatsos in memoriam. Baden-Baden: Nomos. Publication details

Pohle, J. & Knaut, A. (2014). Fundationes I: Geschichte und Theorie des Datenschutzes. Münster: Verlag Monsenstein und Vannerdat. Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

Pohle, J. (2016). Die kategoriale Trennung zwischen ‘öffentlich’ und ‘privat’ ist durch die Digitalisierung aller Lebensbereiche überholt: Über einen bislang ignorierten Paradigmenwechsel in der Datenschutzdebatte. In Plöse, M., Fritsche, T., Kuhn, M., & Lüders, S. (Eds.), Worüber reden wir eigentlich? – Festgabe für Rosemarie Will (pp. 612-625). Berlin: Humanistische Union. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2015). Das Völkerrecht des Netzes. Konstitutionelle Elemente eines globalen Rechtsrahmens für das Internet. In Biaggini, G., Diggelmann, O., & Kaufmann, C. (Ed), Polis und Kosmopolis: Festschrift für Daniel Thürer. Zürich/St. Gallen, Switzerland: DIKE/ Nomos. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2014). Die Verfassung der Internetgesellschaft. In A. Blankenagel, Den Verfassungsstaat nachdenken (pp. 171-208). Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. Publication details

Pernice, I. (2013). Die Politik und die Internet-Gesellschaft. In Franzius, C. et al (Eds.), Beharren. Bewegen. Festschrift für Michael Kloepfer zum 70. Geburtstag (pp. 102-118). Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. Publication details

 

Lectures and presentations

Regulation of AI: One Approach to Rule them All?
Ethics X AI. German-Finnish Chamber of Commerce and Embassy of Germany, Helsinki, Finland: 13.05.2022 Further information

Matthias C. Kettemann

Digital rights of the future
Safeguarding human rights online for future generations. 60th Commission on Social Development 2022. UN Youth Delegates from Austria, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Peru, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United States of America, New York, USA: 17.02.2022

Matthias C. Kettemann

Strategien globaler Cyber(sicherheits-)Politik – ein transatlantischer Vergleich
Recht und Sicherheit im digitalen Raum – wer macht was im föderalen System? (Session: Außenperspektiven). Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Villa la Collina, Griante, Italy: 22.08.2019

Ingolf Pernice

Strategien globaler Cyber(sicherheits-)Politik – ein transatlantischer Vergleich
Recht und Sicherheit im digitalen Raum – wer macht was im föderalen System?. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Villa la Collina, Cadenabbia, Italy: 21.08.2019

Ingolf Pernice

Future of Law and Government
Future of Law (Session: Sustainable AI Development). Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany: 29.11.2018 Further information

Christian Djeffal

Künstliche Intelligenz und Automatisierung in der Sozialverwaltung – Chance oder Risiko?
Tag der kommunalen Jobcenter 2018 (Session: Herausforderungen meistern – Digitalisierung voranbringen). Benchlearning der Optionskommunen. Ellington Hotel, Berlin, Germany: 26.11.2018 Further information

Christian Djeffal

Überholt die Technik das Recht oder lässt sich die Digitalisierung der Verwaltung rechtlich einhegen?
Jahrestagung 2018 der Deutschen Sektion des Internationalen Instituts für Verwaltungswissenschaften (Session: Die Verwaltung und ihr Recht). Deutsche Sektion des Internationalen Instituts für Verwaltungswissenschaften. Bundesverwaltungsgericht, Leipzig, Germany: 23.11.2018 Further information

Christian Djeffal

Gute künstliche Intelligenz gestalten
Citrix Technology Exchange (Session: Vision Track). Citrix. World Conference Center, Bonn, Germany: 19.11.2018 Further information

Christian Djeffal

Technik in Grenzen? Welche Rahmenbedingungen müssten wir setzen, damit aus KI „gute“ KI wird?
Herbsttagung (Session: Künstliche Intelligenz). Think Tank 30 Deutschland. Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany: 17.11.2018 Further information

Christian Djeffal

Mehr Menschlichkeit durch künstliche Intelligenz?
E-Government Summit. Vogel-IT. Wartburg, Eisenach, Deutschland: 15.11.2018 Further information

Christian Djeffal

Risk Management in the Digital Society - A Constitutional Perspective
Managing risk in the digital society: Internet, Law & Politics (Session: Panel on Privacy & Data Protection). Law and Political Science Studies - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Cosmocaixa, Barcelona, Spain: 30.06.2017

Ingolf Pernice

Panels

Article 12 of the Digital Services Act: Terms and Conditions and Fundamental Rights
´Article 12 of the Digital Services Act: Terms and Conditions and Fundamental Rights. Universiteit van Amsterdam / European Commission. IVIR, Amsterdam, Netherlands: 25.02.2022

Matthias C. Kettemann

5G, IoT and AI - Addressing Digital Inclusion and Accessibility
Internet Governance Forum 2018. Internet Governance Forum of the United Nations. UNESCO Headquaters, Paris, Frankreich: 14.11.2018 Further information

Christian Djeffal

Streitgespräch zum Für und Wider von Künstlicher Intelligenz (KI) und ihrem Einsatz in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Digital Kontrovers. Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Repräsentanz der GIZ, Berlin, Germany: 12.11.2018 Further information

Christian Djeffal

Organisation of events

Globalizing the European Media Order: The Brussels Effect in Times of Crisis
Insights and Power: Internet Scientists meet Platform Decision-Makers. with attending Vip: Wolfgang Schulz. 07.04.2022. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: Leibniz Institute for Media Research I Hans-Bredow-Institute (International) Further information

Matthias C. Kettemann

Great Expectations: What Research Expects from Platforms and Platforms from Research (High-Level Talk Insights and Power with Susan Wojcicki, CEO YouTube)
Insights and Power: Internet Scientists meet Platform Decision-Makers. 10.02.2022. TIDE Hamburg YouTube channel, Hamburg, Germany. Co-Organised by: Leibniz Institute for Media Research I Hans-Bredow-Institute (International) Further information

Matthias C. Kettemann, Wolfgang Schulz

Innsbrucker Theoriekolloquium. Positionen zur Rechtstheorie als kritische Praxis
From 25.11.2021 to 02.06.2022. Online, Innsbruck, Austria. Co-Organised by: Hans-Bredow-Institut, Junges Forum Technikwissenschaften, Network of Internet and Society Research Centres (International) Further information

Matthias C. Kettemann

Hosting Visionaries
From 05.11.2021 to 30.11.2021. Online, Hamburg, Germany. Co-Organised by: Hans-Bredow-Institut (International) Further information

Matthias C. Kettemann

Innsbrucker Zukunftsgespräche. Innovation, Nachhaltigkeit und Verantwortung
From 21.10.2021 to 23.06.2022. Online, Innsbruck, Austria. Co-Organised by: Hans-Bredow-Institut, Junges Forum Technikwissenschaften, Network of Internet and Society Research Centres (International) Further information

Matthias C. Kettemann

Innsbrucker Digitaldialog
From 14.10.2021 to 09.06.2022. Online, Innsbruck, Austria. Co-Organised by: Hans-Bredow-Institut, Junges Forum Technikwissenschaften, Network of Internet and Society Research Centres (International) Further information

Matthias C. Kettemann

Digital Rights in Context. Global Digital Human Rights Network Highlights Lecture Series
From 04.05.2021 to 25.01.2022. Online, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Tallinn, Germany, Estonia. Co-Organised by: Mart Susi (International) Further information

Matthias C. Kettemann

Courts of the Future - The Future of Courts
From 22.04.2021 to 15.07.2021. Online, Hamburg, Germany. Co-Organised by: Hans-Bredow-Institut, Baffi Carefin Center der Universität Bocconi (International) Further information

Matthias C. Kettemann

Digital Ideas Lunch Series: Law in the Algorithmic Society
From 03.03.2021 to 26.05.2021. Online, Online, Online. Co-Organised by: Humboldt Universität Berlin, University of Amsterdam, King's College London, Network of Internet and Society Research (International) Further information

Matthias C. Kettemann

Völkerrechtslunch. Your Career in International Law
From 11.01.2021 to 17.05.2021. Online, Online, Online. Co-Organised by: MPIL Heidelberg, HBI, Völkerrechtsblog (National) Further information

Matthias C. Kettemann

Fake News, Online disinformation and democratic processes in Europe
11.01.2019. Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) (International) Further information

Jacek Wiland, Konstantinos Tsakiliotis, Kai Gärtner, Ingolf Pernice

Völkerrecht des Netzes
08.09.2014. Walter-Hallstein Institut, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: Office of Foreign Affairs (National)

Emma Peters, Adrian Haase, Osvaldo Saldías, Ingolf Pernice