David Werdermann is a lawyer working for the GFF (Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte / Society for Civil Rights), a Berlin-based non-profit NGO. Its mission is to establish a sustainable structure for successful strategic litigation in the area of human and civil rights in Germany and Europe. In addition to his work at GFF, David works for Thomas Rechtsanwälte, a law firm focussing on media and freedom of information law.
After studying law in Freiburg and Manila, David worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Political Science and Philosophy of Law at the University of Freiburg. He completed his legal clerkship at GFF, at a law firm in Berlin and at the Federal Constitutional Court. Most recently, he earned an LL.M. in International Migration and Refugee Law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Updated November 2021
More from David Werdermann
David Werdermann: Mobilized for justice in Freiburg’s Stühlinger
Senior Fellow David Werdermann speaks about an alleged racist incident within police in Freiburg’s Stühlinger on Radio Dreyeckland (RDL) 102,3mhz (a free German radio live stream).
Constitutional appeal against Saxon police law
Senior Fellow David Werdermann and his organization Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF) are pursuing a constitutional appeal against the reform of the Saxon police law. This law currently allows the police to monitor people before they commit any crime.
Kafkaeske Rechtsetzung – Der Ausschluss von Menschen aus sicheren Herkunftsstaaten vom Arbeitsmarkt
2017 John Lewis Fellow David Werdermann published a piece on Verfassungsblog.de, a German blog on constitutional law. The piece, "Kafkaeske Rechtsetzung – Der Ausschluss von Menschen aus sicheren Herkunftsstaaten vom Arbeitsmarkt," challenges legal developments in the context of asylum law's definition of "safe countries."
Moving on for Social Justice
Fellows' Collective Critiques of the 2017 Appeal for Human Rights
Assuming the Voice of the Georgia Governor in 1960, The 2017 John Lewis Fellows Respond to an Appeal for Human Rights
John Lewis Fellows Reflective Essays 2017