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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.
 
Electoral complaint rejected by the German Federal Constitutional Court PDF Print E-mail
01_10_14Judges dismiss charge of juveniles

The German Federal Constitutional Court recently dismissed the electoral complaint of 25 claimants, including FRFG-spokesman Wolfgang Gründinger and 15 children and teenagers aged between 9 and 17. The complaint was supported by the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) and the Plant-for-the-Planet-Foundation. The purpose of this complaint was the abolishment of a minimum age of 18 years to obtain the right to vote in general elections in Germany in order to strengthen democracy and intergenerational justice.

In their statement of claim, the young people objected to the general elections in 2013 in which 13 million German citizens were excluded from the elections simply because of their age. We claim that everyone should be allowed to vote as soon as he or she wants to. Registration in the town hall has to be sufficient to participate in elections.

The judges dismissed the charge from July 8, 2014 after lengthy discussion, referring to the expert opinion of judge Peter Müller published on January 26, 2016. The argumentation and reasoning of the expert opinion does not satisfy or convince the FRFG. We will continue to fight for the reformation of the electoral law in favour of the young generation!
 
2. Legislative Prize for Generationally Just Laws PDF Print E-mail
02_03_16Proposals for 2nd Legislative Prize for Generationally Just Laws required

The FRFG awarded the Legislative Prize for Generationally Just Laws for the first time in 2013. The first winner was the nuclear power phase-out law passed by the 17th Bundestag. At the end of the 18th legislative period in Germany 2017, the FRFG will award the unremunerated prize for a law or legislative initiative again, which either removes a present injustice that affects future generations or protects future generations from future injustices. The law should be mainly based on the principle of intergenerational justice. The acting recipients of the legislative prize could be politicians who are either members of a government (national governments, EU-Commission), members of a parliament (Members of the European Parliament or UK MPs), or incumbents of a political office (secretary general, board member, leader of  youth organization etc.).
The FRFG is looking for nominees for this prize. Everyone who is interested can send us his/her suggestions by E-Mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), if possible with a short explanation.
On the basis of your ideas the selection process is done in cooperation with a jury which will first select the five possible winners. In a second step the jury will finally choose the most generationally just law to win the price. At an award ceremony the parties and politicians concerned will be awarded with the Legislative Prize.
The FRFG wants to thank the Stiftung Apfelbaum, which will pay the costs that arise.

 
Intergenerational Justice Prize 2015/16 PDF Print E-mail

genger preis 15-16_fotoAward ceremony - Intergenerational Justice Prize on November 8th, 2016 at the dbb-Forum in Berlin

 The Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (FRFG) and the Intergenerational Foundation (IF) announce the 8th Intergenerational Justice Prize for young researchers on the topic above. Prizes totalling €10,000, funded by the Stiftung Apfelbaum, will be awarded to the best papers submitted.

 This year's topic was: “Constitutions as millstones? Are regular national constitutional conventions the solution to give successive generations the flexibility they need?”

The award ceremony took place on November 8th in Berlin in cooperation with the Behörden Spiegel. Following the ceremony, the award recipients presented their distinguished works.

The winners:

The 1st prize is shared by

Konstantin Chatziathanasiou, Max-Planck-Institute Bonn and University of Bonn, with his work „Constitutions as Chains? – On the Intergenerational Challenge of Constitution-Making” and
Inigo Gonzalez-Ricoy, University of Barcelona, with his work „Legitimate Intergenerational Constitutionalism“.

The 3rd prize is shared by

Michael Rose, University of Wuppertal, with his work „Constitutions, Democratic Self-Determination and the Institutional Empowerment of Future Generations: Mitigating an Aporia“ and
Shai Agmon, London School of Economics and Political Science, with his work „Could Present Laws Legitimately Bind Future Generations? A Normative Analysis of Jefferson’s Proposal”.

The submissions have been published in the Intergenerational Justice Review and are accessible free of charge under www.igjr.org .

The submission deadline was August 1st, 2016. The official poster for the Intergenerational Justice Prize can be found here

 
FRFG received Award PDF Print E-mail
SRzG received the "Our Task Global Thinking Award"

ourtaskThe FRFG was awarded the Our Task Global Thinking Award at the Earth 2100 Conference, which was held on 26th and 27th July 2014 George Mason University, Virginia, USA. Dr. Bruce Auerbach received the award on behalf of the FRFG. He was impressed with the enthusiasm of Our Task, which is a young organisation which seeks to engage the young in campaigning for environmental change.

For more information about Our Task and the Earth 2100 Conference, click here.

A Video of the Award ceremony can be found here.
 
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