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Law Versus Power: Our Global Fight for Human Rights

  • When
  • January 22, 2019
    12:30–7:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Speakers
  • Jonathan Birchall and Wolfgang Kaleck
  • Programs
  • Open Society Justice Initiative

Wolfgang Kaleck on the State of the Human Rights Movement


Wolfgang Kaleck is a leading German lawyer and human rights activist who has spent more than two decades involved in the global struggle to hold powerful people and governments accountable for abuses. He is the founder of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin, an organization partly funded by the Open Society Foundations that has prepared numerous important legal actions against politicians, military leaders, and corporations for crimes against humanity.

Kaleck shares insights into the state of the global human rights movement, drawing from his new book, Law Versus Power: Our Global Fight for Human Rights.


  • Jonathan Birchall


    Jonathan Birchall is senior advisor for communications at the Open Society Foundations.

  • Wolfgang Kaleck


    Wolfgang Kaleck, founder of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, currently heads the international legal team representing Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower. 

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