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STEM - State of Emergency Mapping (Database Project)

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State of Emergency Mapping (STEM) is a project established by Prof. Andrej Zwitter as a collaborative project between the departments of legal philosophy and international relations through the research section Research in Ethics and Globalization (GSG-REG).

It aims to map state of emergency declarations worldwide. The declaration of a state of emergency status is the tool of last resort for democracies to defend its people and itself against threats from inside and outside. It can grant extended powers to the executive, and accelerate decision-making and judicial processes – to some extent at the expense of democratic control and rule of law. Autocracies as well use this tool in a similar fashion. However, their end goal, most often than not, is solely to preserve the autocratic rule without regard for the citizens.

STEM Database Project
STEM Database Project

We have compiled a database that contains information on emergency powers de lege and de facto in order to gain a better understanding of the politics of law in different regions of the world. As a first phase, this database has a unique emphasis on the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) as it focuses on the reported derogations of the various human rights this treaty contains. In the next phase of the project the database will be expanded to include emergency declarations below the threshold of the ICCPR.

This is an open access database for researchers to study the occurrence, circumstances and backgrounds against which emergencies are being declared and to connect these with the laws governing the declarations as well as providing further literature.

Last modified:08 April 2014 1.28 p.m.