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Janna Wessels receives grant from German Research Foundation DFG

30 March 2022
Janna Wessels has received a grant from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).

The project entitled “Who is empowered by Strasbourg? Migrants and States before the European Court of Human Rights” focuses on the ambivalent role of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) as an actor and forum for the human rights turn in legal discourses on migration.

It is one of ten projects which together form the interdisciplinary research group “Human Rights Discourses in Migration Societies” (Menschenrechtsdiskurse in der Migrationsgesellschaft, MeDiMi). The aim of MeDiMi is to determine the scope, forms and consequences of the expansion of human rights discourse in contemporary migration societies.

Wessels: ‘By tracing the advance of human rights in migration discourse not only in the legal system, but also in areas of political action, and other professional and everyday socio-cultural contexts, we seek to achieve a new understanding of the role of human rights in contemporary European societies.’

On the basis of this grant Janna can appoint two PhD candidates.