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Welcome Print
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The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) is a think-tank on the interface of science, politics and the business world. To FRFG, intergenerational justice means that today's youth and future generations must have at least the same opportunities to meet their own needs as the generation governing today. The foundation publishes the journal "Intergenerational Justice Review" (IGJR),
which is an English-speaking journal on intergenerational justice, seeking to publish articles of the most important research and current thinking from political science, ethics, and law. The FRFG Newsletter provides information on our current projects.
Campaign "Wir wollen wählen!" Print
The FRFG submits electoral complaint to the Bundestag

wahlenOn the 20th of November 2013, over a dozen of children and youth submitted, together with the FRFG, an electoral complaint to the Bundestag. The electoral complaint was submitted within the time limit, and its delivery has been confirmed.

In the following weeks, the Bundestag will evaluate the submitted electoral complaints, and decide whether the objections will be allowed. We anticipate that the electoral complaint submitted by FRFG will be rejected. A final decision is expected within the next weeks.

In case the electoral complaint is going to be rejected, FRFG and the children and youth participating in the petition are going to sue in front of the Federal Constitutional Court. All supporters involved in our campaign will also be listed as claimants.

At the parliamentary elections to the Bundestag, children and youth have no voice. Millions of German people are excluded from the election, just because they are under the age of 18. Hence, 17 % of the population is not entitled to state their opinion in basic political questions. This violates the constitutional laws on democracy and sovereignty of the people. The situation is no longer defensible. Therefore, the FRFG has, together with children and youth, taken the initiative to start the campaign “We want to vote” .

A formal complaint in front of the Federal Constitutional Court contains expenses. Hence, we kindly ask you to give financial support to our campaign through the Call for Donations initiated on the website of Better Place.

Further information about German electoral law can be found here.
The position paper “Voting Right without Age Limits” can be found here.
The current press release from the FRFG regarding the campaign can be found here.

A relevant article from FRFG-speaker Wolfgang Gründinger and Felix Finkbeiner in the newspaper der Zeit, can be found here.

You can support our campaign! Please fill out and return this form to the FRFG. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Call for Papers: “Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice”

gege7_jugendbewegungenThe Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) and the Intergenerational Foundation (IF) will award the Intergenerational Justice Prize 2013/14, endowed with €10,000. The prize was initiated and is funded by the Stiftung Apfelbaum.

The topic of the 2013/14 prize is: “Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice”

Submissions will be accepted until 15 October 2014. All documents required for a submission, including the full call for papers and formal entry requirements, are obtainable by sending an email to kontakt(at)srzg.de.
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Final results of the 4th Demography-Prize 2012/2013 on Youth Quotas

youth_quotasOn the 1st of July 2013 the deadline for taking part in the 4th Demography-Prize 2012/2013 expired.

initiated and funded by the Stiftung Apfelbaum, the prize was organised and internationally spread by the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) and the Intergenerational Foundation (IF). Overall, 13 entries in German or English have been submitted by junior scientists.

The following papers were awarded by the jury:

1st Prize: Juliana Bidadanure: "Better Procedures For Fairer Outcomes: Are Youth Quotas Required by Intergenerational Justice?"

2nd Prize: Fatema Jahan: "Youth Quotas and Youth-i-zation Or Youth Leadership and Youth Movement? - A response to age demographics"

Two 3rd Prizes: Tobias Hainz: "Sind Jugendquoten eine Form der Altersdiskriminierung?" and Elias Naumann, Moritz Heß & Leander Steinkopf: ""Der Generationenkonflikt in Europa. Die Jugendquote: von den Europäern gewollt?"

Further information regarding the Demography-Prize 2012/2013 and the awarded works can be found here.
The conference program can be found here.
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Symposium on the 3rd of November 2012 in Stuttgart

gg6_plakat_startseiteOn 3 November 2012, the symposium for the award of the 6th Intergenerational Justice Award, endowed with a financial reward of €10,000, took place in Stuttgart. The topic of the symposium was “The debt brake - Evaluation in the national and international context”. After the award ceremony followed two workshops which again took up the theses of the winning works. The workshops were moderated by Dr. Ed Turner and Dr. Gisela Meister-Scheufelen. In the workshops, the participants were able to express their view of the symposium on the subject of debt brake and to discuss the main theses of the winning works.

More information about the symposium can be found here.
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Intergenerational Justice Review (IGJR) 2012: The Interdependencies between Justices

igjr_2012_cover_kleinThe 2012 edition of FRFG's flagship peer-reviewed journal, proudly produced in cooperation with our UK partner, The Intergenerational Foundation (IF), is now available. It contains a range of articles that attempt to bridge the gap between the demands of social, international and intergenerational justice, with a strong focus on implications for policy.

A hard copy of the journal can be ordered from the FRFG directly for €12. Members will receive a copy as part of their membership. In line with FRFG’s aim to disseminate scientific knowledge as widely as possible, a free online version is accessible on our website: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > IGJR

This year’s edition is the product of close cooperation between the FRFG and the newly founded Intergenerational Foundation, who have worked as joint-partners in its production. The editorial team for the 2012 edition comprised of Editors-in-chief James Wilhelm (FRFG) and Boris Kühn (FRFG) as well as Guest Editor Antony Mason (IF).

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Legislative Prize for Generationally Just Laws


Coinciding with the next general election in Germany in 2013, the newly created “Legislative Prize for Generationally Just Laws” will be awarded for the first time. Thereafter, the unremunerated prize will be awarded every 4 years. With the award of this new prize, the FRFG wants to recognise a law or legislative initiative which either removes a present injustice that affects future generations or protects future generations from future injustices. The FRFG plans to hold the award ceremony at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin.

Full details on the prize can be found here.

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Symposium on the 16th January 2012 in Berlin

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On the 16th January 2012, the Symposium for the award of the 3rd Demography Prize, endowed with a financial reward of €10,000, took place in Berlin. The theme of the Prize and the Symposium itself was devoted to a possible “Power shift between generations” in reference to the ageing majority in society and the consequences thereof. The political, societal and economic strategies which can be adopted to cope with the fact of ageing societies were discussed in small groups as well as by experts during a podium discussion. Over 70 participants from positions in economy and politics in addition to interested members of the general public attended.

More information about the Symposium can be found here.

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FRFG receives award from the EU Commission

sdc16445-1On 17th of May, 2011, the European Commission awarded FRFG a certificate for an outstanding project with regard to the hosting of a European Voluntary Service project. FRFG was awarded this certificate together with Mrs. Marisa Quaresma dos Reis (right side on the picture). Mrs. dos Reis had been volunteering at the FRFG from August 2009 to July 2010. She was in charge of the issue 1/2010 of the IGJR and organised an international conference on "Ways to Legally Implement Intergenerational Justice" in Lisbon, Portugal. 

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The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations is planning an artwork 

srzgThe FRFG is planning the creation of an artwork to remind us of our obligations towards future generations. The artwork will be displayed permanently in a public venue in the future. The FRFG is searching for patrons who want to support the creation of this piece of art financially. You will soon be able to find further information about the project on our homepage.
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Fifth Intergenerational Justice Award Ceremony in Berlin on March 23 2011

ImageFor the fifth time, the FRFG awarded the Intergenerational Justice Prize funded by the Apfelbaum Foundation, awarding a cash prize of €10,000. The award ceremony took place in the Federal Representation  of the Land Sachsen-Anhalt in Berlin on March 23rd, 2011. In addition to the award ceremony a panel discussion was held with renowned members of the German Bundestag on the topic “Away from Constant Campaigning? Towards More Issue-Driven Policies”. Joerg Tremmel, assistant professor for Intergenationally Just Policies at Tübingen University, hosted the discussion.

You can find a short documentation of the event here.

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FRFG Conference on the EU 2020 Strategy

ImageIn June 2010 the EU presented its new strategy EU 2020, the successor of the Lisbon Agenda. For this task, the European Commission invited the FRFG as the German partner organisation. On June 24, the FRFG and the German Representation of the European Commission organised a conference on the EU 2020 Strategy at the Commission Representation in Berlin. 

Three panel discussions "Sustainable Growth", "Smart Growth", and "Inclusive Growth" represented the most important aspects of the strategy. 

Further information on the conference is available here.