Centering Collectivity: German and European Jurisprudence on Gender and Refugee Status
I am currently working on a case study that includes rulings by the ECHR, the CJEU, the German Federal Contitutional Court and the German Federal Administrative Court. The study shows that normative collectives, such as the particular social groups or vulnerable persons, were and are crucial for protection from gender-based persecution and considers the question of the relationship between gender, collectivization and asylum law. While I worked with traditional legal methods in my PhD thesis, I am now taking an empirical socio-legal approach to assess the interplay between feminist approaches and doctrinal practice. My research shows, for example, that – without ever using the term intersectionality – courts have acknowledged the interdependence of (gender-related) persecution grounds for some time and thereby contributed to a system that understands violence as an intersectional phenomenon. In a broader sense, my work also draws on the approach of Feminist Judgement projects.
- P.Sußner, Vulnerability and Border Crossings in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Law and Society Association (LSA), Annual Meeting, Washington, 2019, 30.5.-2.6 2019.
- P. Sußner, Vulnerabilität als Ressource. Aufnahmebedingungen für LGBTIQ Asylwerber*innen , 4th Conference of the German-Speaking Associations for Legal Sociology, University of Basel, 2018, 9/13-15.
- P. Sußner, Flucht ins Kollektiv. Geschlecht und Sexualität im Asylrecht, SoSe 2020, course, designed and taught at Humboldt University Berlin.
- P. Sußner, Knotenpunkt Kollektiv. Geschlecht, Sexuelle Orientierung und geschlechtliche Identität als soziale Gruppe(n) im europäischen Asylrecht”, 3rd Conference of the German-Speaking Associations for Legal Sociology, Humboldt University Berlin, 2015, 9/9-11.