Cultures in Justice Festival I Festival Justice en Cultures

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Country/partner countries

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
Institute of Legal Studies-University of Strasbourg

Pauline Meyer

+33 6 98 74 03 37

Project information – start and end date (if available)
September 15-October 15 2015

October 7 2015: Round table on 'The alienation of Roma people even from Justice', with the attendance of Christine Lazerges from the Advisory Committee on Human Rights and a former Vice-President of the French National Assembly.
Along with this event, photographies of David Geiss will be exhibited-Roma people in Romania and France-in the Law Department Unit of the University of Strasbourg.

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
Here is a very brief summary of the festival:

Some key figures :

 13 topical meetings

Those round tables facilitated by academic researchers, experts, or even writers will be open to the public. The objective is to facilitate from a one-hour presentation the dialogue and the exchanges with the audience.

 4 film projections followed with discussions

Four movies will be displayed on the screens of the Star cinemas. The latter were selected for their connection with the topic and their depiction of the cinema sector -and also sometimes of the society-on this specific issue.

At the end of the film projection, a debate with an expert or the Producer is scheduled in order to favor exchanges and discussions.

 Stage readings, a concert and a photography exhibition

Pierre Diependaële, both a theater director and a French teacher, manages the artistic aspect of those interventions. Thus, actors and musicians from Alsace will intervene on different events.

The theme: 'the margins of Justice'

After 'Justice and People' in 2014, the 2015 edition of the festival dedicated to the margins of justice aims at mentioning situations in which people do not have access to the justice system or although they might have access to it, they are victims of unfair trial having regard to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights.

Values and Objectives of the festival

The festival seeks to bring citizens closer to their justice system allowing thus a reflection on the given theme.

During the first edition in 2014, around 2,000 people attended the events, among whom 400 people on the opening night. Among the attendees, most of them were not students of the Law Faculty.

In order to welcome as many attendees as last year, the festival strongly promotes the quality of the contents and debates secured with the close selection of the speakers. Moreover, there is no entrance fee to the festival. Film projections are the only paying activities.

The festival will also be present in different locations of the city of Strasbourg: the Academic National Library (BNU), the André Malraux media livrary, the Brant Café, the U2-U3 Library, the sociocultural center of Neudorf, etc.

The festival wishes to make art and culture a conductor for discussions and dialogue between the public and the speakers.

Results of the project
To bring closer citizens to Justice

To develop a judicial culture.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
All citizens.

Sources of funding
The University of Strasbourg, the Regional Office of Culture Affairs, the Court of Appeal of Colmar, the Regional Court, the City of Strasbourg, the Kébler Library, the Ideal Libraries, BNU, foreigners' rights associations (CIMADE, etc.), Human Rights NGOs (Human Rights Watch, Amnesty,..) or associations working on the access to justice (CDAD,…).


Document - materials that incurred in the project
Programme Festival