Civil Disobedience and the German Courts: The Pershing Missile Protests in Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Peter E. Quint

Published April 15, 2008
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9780415443531 - CAT# RU46997
Series: UT Austin Studies in Foreign and Transnational Law

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In the 1980s the West German Peace Movement -- fearing that the stationing of NATO nuclear missiles in Germany threatened an imminent nuclear war in Europe -- engaged in massive protests, including sustained civil disobedience in the form of sit-down demonstrations. Civil Disobedience and the German Courts traces the historical and philosophical background of this movement and follows a group of demonstrators through their trials in the German criminal courts up to the German Constitutional Court -- in which their fate was determined in two important constitutional cases. In this context, the volume also analyzes the German Constitutional Court, as a crucial institution of government, in comparative perspective. The book is the first full-length English language treatment of these events and these constitutional decisions, and it also places the decisions at an important turning-point in German constitutional history.


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