The suspension of the legal order is often said to be the (natural) consequence of the declaration of the state of emergency. This paper examines the role of suspension from a theoretical and legal point of view.
The idea of the suspension of (certain) rules in times of crises is not at all new. On the contrary, the ancient Latin phrase necessitas non habet legem, coined by Seneca the Elder, already expresses a similar idea. In 20th century German legal thought, the idea of suspension was wildly received and became a seminal topos in the discourse on the state of exception. It was in particular Carl Schmitt in his Political Theology from 1922 who popularized the idea: “To decide about the state of exception means to decide on the suspension of the whole constitution” (translation by A.-B. K.).
From that point onward, the mechanism of suspension has always been associated with the state of exception. Numerous authors such as Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Giorgio Agamben, Otto Depenheuer and Matthias Lemke still conceive the figure of suspension as an integral part of the legal institute of the state of exception. Thus, suspension became the cipher for the exceptional state.
This paper calls the depicted narrative into question. It answers the following questions: Where and why did the idea of suspension come up after 1789? And why was it so important for Schmitt’s thinking?What was the influence of Søren Kierkegaard on the concept? Last but not least: Do we find legal evidence for the idea of suspension in the legal orders of Germany and France when it comes to the state of exception?
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Die Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung, Köln, hat heute ihre Entscheidung mitgeteilt, dass sie Förderpartner der Konferenz „Ausnahmezustand – Eine Bestandsaufnahme“ sein wird, die am 13. und 14. November 2017 in Paris stattfindet. Sie leistet damit einen ungemein wichtigen und dankenswerten Beitrag zum Zustandekommen und Gelingen der Konferenz.
Today, the Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung, Cologne, announced its decision to become a partner in funding the 2017 conference on „State of emergency – An Overview“, which will take place on November 13-14, 2017 in Paris. The organizing committee is very thankful for this important engagement, allowing an international exchange during the conference.
Today and tomorrow at the German Historical Institute, Paris: Text as a Ressource (#dhiha7). Conference discussing Text Mining Infrastructures, Use Cases and Research Strategies. Keynote by Gregory Crane, today at 6 p.m.
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Die auf die Initiative von Eberhard Schuett-Wetschky (1937-2015) zurückgehende Stiftung mit Sitz in Kiel hat sich die Förderung einer praxisrelevanten Politikwissenschaft zur Aufgabe gemacht. Praxisorientierung bedeutet „umstrittene Sachfragen mit wissenschaftlichen Mitteln optimal zu klären und die Ergebnisse der Untersuchungen der Allgemeinheit zugänglich zu machen“, so die Präambel der Satzung.
Today, the Foundation for Science and Democracy announced its decision to become a partner for funding the 2017 conference on „State of emergency – A Stocktaking“. This engagement is of utmost importance to the whole conference.
Going back to an initiative of Eberhard Schuett-Wetschky (1937-2015), the foundation from Kiel, Germany, sees its role as an important funder of political science research having an impact on practical issues of democratic societies. Orientation towards practical issues means “to address controversial issues scientifically and to communicate the results to a general public”, as it is stated in the preamble of the of the foundation’s statute.