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Research and judicial training at the Administrative Court of Braunschweig 2020

From 24 to 28 February 2020, Dr Larissa Vetters explored a research and judicial training concept with judges at the Administrative Court of Braunschweig. Timm Sureau, together with four other academics from the "Law & Anthropology" department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle), the Forschungsstelle Migrationsrecht (Migration Law Research Unit) of the Faculty of Law and Economics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Integrative Research Institute Law & Society at Humboldt University Berlin, engaged in critical analyses of asylum proceedings on Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iran, Iraq and Turkey and held short lectures and discussion rounds with 15-25 participants. Prof. Dr Winfried Kluth gave an introductory lecture entitled "Requirements of interdisciplinarity in the judiciary from a jurisprudential perspective". The aim of the stay was, on the one hand, to create a framework for further training and reflection for judges and, on the other hand, to gain empirical insights for interdisciplinary legal research. In a concluding session on the last day, the researchers compiled and systematised the collected observations of the trials and linked them to the contents of the group discussion of the previous days. The very active participation of the judges of the VG Braunschweig and the great openness towards the observations of the research team enabled an intensive exchange between academia and practice and made the event beneficial for both sides.