30.04.2013

Hanna-Mari Kivistö, MA, L.Soc.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate

Email: hanna-mari.kivisto(a)jyu.fi

Tel. +358 40 8054151

Room: Y333 (Ylistönmäentie)

Debating right to asylum: a rhetorical and conceptual reading

My doctoral study looks at the theme of asylum and the debates surrounding it from a conceptual historical and rhetorical angle. The dissertation examines the political history of the asylum paragraph of the 1949 Grundgesetz of Federal Republic of Germany. With the article 16(2) 2 GG asylum was quite uniquely conceptualized as an individual right of the politically persecuted. As primary material of analysis I benefit from the debates of Parlamentarischer Rat, the, in my reading quasi-parliamentary, forum responsible for the drafting of the post war Basic Law. To contextualize, a reference is made to the contemporary UN debates concerning the creation of the article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and finally also to the debates leading to the alteration of the asylum paragraph in the early 1990’s. A further aim of the study is through the asylum deliberations to explore the politics related to the ‘new beginning’ of the Federal Republic as well as to offer a perspective into the post war rights discussions.