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Rule of law - what does that mean to you and your daily life?!

JUNGES FORUM RECHT is a project that we are launching together with young people: Together we want to develop a small exhibition that will be visible to everyone in the Foundation’s space in Karlsruhe. 

Based on your ideas, we will jointly set up a digital or analogue exhibition to creatively address the question: What does it mean to you to live under the rule of law? 

What are the challenges of a democracy?
Is the rule of law always just?
Do fundamental rights apply equally to everyone?
Where do you encounter law in your daily life?
Do you rely on the state? And: Does the state rely on you?
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Share your thoughts, wishes, or questions with us!

Jointly with you we will find ways to realise your ideas.

For example, you can

    produce a short film

    conduct interviews or

    design objects or a poster exhibition.

We will act as co-creators and guide you all along the way: From refining your idea, through realising the exhibition until opening night. 

Any questions? Here are our FAQs:

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Please send us:

  • a short project proposal with your first idea.
  • information on what materials would be necessary for your project.
  • a rough estimate of the costs.
  • a short description of yourself and your group (How many participants would be part of the project, your age group etc.)

Every year we are selecting up to three exhibition projects. The topic should be close to your heart, something you want to raise awareness for and which has a connection to the legal field. For example, you could touch on topics like democracy, climate politics, discrimination, human rights or justice.

Are those topics relevant to your daily life and is your perspective taken into account? If you have any questions regarding choosing your topic, please, do not hestitate to get in touch!

No, absolutely not! Our team will support you on your way from the initial idea, to realising the exhibition up to opening night.

Yes, there are budgets for the concepting and realising the exhibitions.

The Junge Forum Recht is targeted towards young people all over Germany. We can work on the project together online or at a specific locetion (e.g. your school or a workshop room) – we will be happy to visit you. We can help fund travel expenses to our location in Karlsruhe for the opening event.

The timeframe is dependent on the date of your concept submission. After submitting your idea, your group will have up to four months to work on the project with our team. Afterwards we will open your exhibition to the public in Karlsruhe. Friends and family are obviously more than welcome to join you!

What could a project look like?

Instagram Project

Goethe Gymnasium and Bismarck Gymnasium Karlsruhe

Over the course of several months the group of five pupils of two Gymnasiums in Karlsruhe worked on a series of Instagram posts. The posts inform about legal matters which are relevant to the groups everyday life. The young editors took over the Forum’s Instagram account from 13th until 24th of June 2022. The team published six videos and posts concerning the following topics: Hate speech online, climate justice, stalking, (Boat-)refugees, and the fight against terrorism.

Together with the education team, the young editors brainstormed topics, which would be suitable, and means of presenting them.

“My topic [boat refugees, editor’s note] is a problem that has been very much out of the public eye in recent years. With this project, I seized the opportunity to revisit the problem on the Mediterranean and remind others of it. Human rights apply equally to everyone.”


The next step was researching background information. With the help of the outreach team, the young editors familiarised themselves with their topics, conducted interviews with experts like Kalrsruhe’s mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup, journalist Dr. Wolfgang Janisch, or Federal Constitutional Judge Prof. Dr. Gabriele Britz. The young editors received coachings on design possibilities for social media in order to be equipped for the task. 

“I enjoy explaining large quantities of information in an accessible way.”


From 13th to 24th of July 2022 the instagram channel featured young perspectives on the topics law and rule of law. You can find the videos on instagram and here.

On 26 July 2022, the youth editorial team presented their topics and videos to friends, family and the school community. In the rooms of the Law Forum Foundation, the project group organised a panel discussion and was available for questions at presentation stations afterwards.

“It’s nice to see that law can be implemented in many ways and not just as an office job.”

– Meret

Photographer: Felix Grünschloß

The thumbnails are the first slides of the information posts. You can find the full information slide sets here (only in German)!

And what was the group’s take away? Well, here is what they have to say!

"The opportunity to creatively realise my project appealed to me directly."


"The project [...] appealed to me above all because of its creative component. On the part of the foundation, we were given numerous opportunities to design our ideas and concerns in an appealing way and to implement them graphically, which is something you don't learn anywhere else as a student."


"It was challenging to break down such complex topics in a user-friendly way and make them appealing, but in the end it was definitely worth it with the final product."


„Gesetzgebung kann nie perfekt sein und ich möchte mit meinem Projekt genau das unterstreichen. Wir müssen unsere Teilhabe zeigen, um Veränderung zu schaffen.“


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You want to take part, have any questions or feedback?

Please, get in touch with our outreach team: vermittlung[at]


Copyright: Felix Grünschloß

Illustrations: Johanna Benz

Eine Handzeichnung zeigt eine Personengruppe aus 4 Menschen, die Schilder in der Hand hält. Darauf steht "Recht", "haben", "bekommen", "schützen" "und verteidigen".