Berlin Hearing

Berlin Hearing (online)

9 June 2021, 1 pm – 3 pm CEST 
9 June 2021, 4 pm – 6 pm CEST 
11 June 2021, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm CEST 

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights invites you to join the next hearing of the Airspace Tribunal. 

In the past decades, humans have radically transformed the sky – militarily, chemically, territorially and psychologically. Technological developments mean that this transformation is accelerating and growing in complexity. Technology such as armed or surveillance drones are only one of the visible impacts that are leaving people increasingly vulnerable to expanding commercial and military exploitation of airspace and outer space and to the consequences of environmental change.

The Airspace Tribunal, a people’s tribunal established by Nick Grief and Shona Illingworth, is examining the case for and against a proposed new human right to protect the freedom to live without physical or psychological threat from above. Hearings have previously been held in London, Sydney and Toronto. The Berlin hearing will be hosted by ECCHR, supported by the University of Kent. 

Speakers will bring their personal and/or professional expertise to the Tribunal to further develop the discourse around this proposed human right. Each speaker will be questioned by Counsel to the Tribunal, Kirsty Brimelow KC, who will then facilitate questions from the audience. Andreas Schüller, director of ECCHR’s International Crimes and Accountability program, serves as Chair of the Tribunal. Shona Illingworth and Nick Grief (University of Kent) will introduce each session.

9 June 2021, 1 pm CEST 
Chris Woods (founder and Director of Airwars)
Andreas Schüller (Director of ECCHR’s International Crimes and Accountability program)
Jutta Weber (science & technology studies scholar, University of Paderborn) 

9 June 2021, 4 pm CEST
Lisa Ling (whistleblower on US drone surveillance systems)
Alirio Uribe Muñoz (lawyer, CAJAR)
Sebastián Escobar Uribe (lawyer, CAJAR)

11 June 2021, 11:30 am CEST 
Omar Mohammed (journalist, Mosul Eye)
Pratap Chatterjee (journalist and Executive Director, CorpWatch)
Baraa Shiban (Reprieve) with Adel Al Manthari (survivor)
Fadel Abdul Ghany (founder and Director of SNHR)

We invite you to be part of an active audience that will be the Airspace Tribunal’s judges, challenging the traditional state-centric view of how international law is usually created. At the end of the proceedings, members of the audience will be able to vote for or against recognizing the proposed human right.

Organised with Kitty Austin, Human Rights Lawyer and Researcher, ECCHR