Event Detail

Jamie Raskin: The Unthinkable - Fighting for American Democracy

Dear Members, Friends and Supporters of the AmerikaHaus NRW,
We cordially invite you to a virtual talk and discussion with U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin. Please join us online or in-person in Bochum: 
The Unthinkable: Fighting for American Democracy
Virtual talk by
The Honorable Jamie Raskin, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
followed by a virtual discussion with 
Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, Institute for International Law of Peace and
Armed Conflict, Ruhr University Bochum
moderated by 
Viktoria Harbecke, Director of the AmerikaHaus NRW e.V.

Friday, May 31, 2024 | 6.00 p.m.
Bochumer Fenster (Main Entrance) | Lecture Hall BF EG/22
Massenbergstr. 11 | 44787 Bochum
and via Zoom

Is American democracy in danger? Congressman Jamie Raskin, member of the Democratic Party, expert in constitutional law and lead impeachment manager in the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump, will speak about January 6, 2021, how he experienced that day in Congress and how he perceives its aftermath. The lawyer has written a very personal book about the subject, which is also the moving story of his late son Thomas B. Raskin. 

Jamie Raskin represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was chosen by the Democratic Caucus to be the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability in the 118th Congress. He was the lead impeachment manager in the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump and served on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. Prior to his time in Congress, Raskin was a three-term State Senator in Maryland. He was also a professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law for more than 25 years. He has authored several books, including the Washington Post best-seller Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People, the highly-acclaimed We the Students: Supreme Court Cases For and About America’s Students, and the New York Times #1 best-seller Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth and the Trials of American Democracy.

Pierre Thielbörger is Professor of German Public Law and International Law, with a focus on International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, at the Ruhr University Bochum. He is also the Executive Director of the Institute for the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) in Bochum. He holds degrees in law, journalism and public policy from the universities of Hamburg and Harvard as well as a PhD in international law from the European University Institute in Florence. He studied at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and at McGill University, Montréal. He is also Chairman of the General Assembly of the Europe-wide "Network on Humanitarian Action" (NOHA) as well as the co-convener of the interest group on human rights at the European Society of International Law (ESIL).

The event will be held in English. 
Registration is not required. If you would like to attend online, please use this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/4095924654 (Meeting-lD: 409 592 4654; Kenncode: fritzbauer)
The event is also part of the virtual event series Road to Election 2024, a collaboration of over 30 transatlantic partners. More information can be found here
We cordially thank our partners for their cooperation: