(Cancelled) Interaction with ‘state deniers’ – ‘Reichsbürger’, ‘self-governors’, civil law proponents and other problematic clients

Start Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
End Date: Friday, May 28, 2021
Category: Rule of Law
Venue: Wustrau, Germany
Country: Germany
Leading organisation: The Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV)
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Language(s): German
Training level: Introductory
Target audience: Open to judges & prosecutors
Participants(EJTN): 5
Contact: Heike Sperling
Contact e-mail:
Contact phone: +49 2284106656

Course Description

The conference addresses judges of courts at all levels as well as public prosecutors.It is designed to serve as an introduction to the phenomenon of state deniers and their bizarre belief systems. This is a very heterogeneous group of individuals: some believe in the continued existence of the German Reich (so-called ‘Reichsbürger’ – Citizens of the Reich), some that it is possible to ‘drop out’ of the ‘system’ of the Federal Republic of Germany and be answerable only to themselves (so-called ‘self-governors’), while others claim that Germany is a business, namely ‘BRD GmbH’, which has no sovereign powers and only has authority to act under civil law (so-called ‘civil law proponents’). They often adopt a menacing and belligerent attitude, and can be very difficult for servants of the court and other officials to deal with.Ever since shots were fired at police officers, it has become increasingly apparent that these groups are also potentially very dangerous.The event will inform participants about the ideology of those who embrace these mindsets and will consider the typical arguments put forward by such individuals. De-escalation and preventive strategies will also be considered from a psychological and psychiatric perspective. Recommendations for legal and concrete responses will also be proposed.


Registration deadline: 06/04/2021


Accommodation offered.


Meals offered