The Federal Commissioner for Migration, Refugees, and Integration, Aydan Özoğuz, is the patron for our Law Clinic. It is a great honor to have a Minister of State as our patron.
Law firms in Hamburg
The Refugee Law Clinic Hamburg cooperates with a number of specialist law firms in Hamburg, where our students complete an internship as part of the training program. The lawyers Heiko Habbe and Björn Stehn also regularly supervise the legal consultations.
Organizations in Hamburg
The RLC Hamburg offers legal advice at different locations in Hamburg in cooperation with local initiatives. The Clinic also works with Hamburg organizations on a variety of projects.
The Willkommensbündnis Harburg opened the Refugee Support Café at the Welt*RAUM center in November 2015. The RLC Hamburg offers consultations here once a week.
Thalia Theater opened the “Embassy of Hope”—Café International in the ballroom at its Gaußstraße location in November 2015. Besides tea, coffee, and free Wi-Fi, it offers language courses and creative workshops, along with weekly legal consultations by the Refugee Law Clinic Hamburg. Other groups involved in the Embassy of Hope are the St. Pauli church, the Lampedusa St. Pauli group, Quartiersmanagement Altona, CJD Hamburg Eutin, Sprachbrücke-Hamburg e. V., Why not?, Altonavi, alma terra e. V., United Friends Hamburg, Fördern und Wohnen Schnakenburgsallee, and Baschar Alali, who provides the food and drinks.
Further locations include Die Insel hilft in Wilhelmsburg, the Bücherhalle Wandsbek, the Poliklinik Veddel, and the preliminary reception center in Nostorf/Horst.
The Refugee Law Clinic Hamburg cooperates with the Flüchtlingsrat Hamburg, an association of different groups, initiatives, and individuals whose activities focus on refugee policy. In cooperation with the Flüchtlingsrat Hamburg, the RLC Hamburg holds legal consultations (with a lawyer present) in the preliminary reception center in Nostorf/Horst once a month. The Flüchtlingsrat Hamburg also provides legal support for the RLC Hamburg’s advisory work in Harburg as part of its advice center project.
Savîa advises refugees living in preliminary reception centers or other refugee housing who are victims of a violent relationship, sexualized violence, or violence due to their sexual orientation or identity. Most of the victims are women experiencing domestic or sexualized violence, or who are facing a forced marriage. The RLC’s representatives for women’s issues are on hand to assist with asylum law matters.
Other law clinics
The RLC Hamburg is a member of the European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE) and the Refugee Law Clinics Deutschland umbrella organization. It is in regular communication with the law clinic at the Bucerius Law School and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic.
The RLC Hamburg works closely with other University partners, such as #UHHhilft, the General Lecture Series, legal translation workshops, the European Master in Law and Economics (EMLE), and many others. We are unfortunately not in a position to provide refugees or volunteers for research projects.
The Refugee Law Clinic Hamburg is available to answer journalists’ questions about refugee law and for reports about the Law Clinic. For reasons of confidentiality, reports generally cannot be filmed at our consultation locations, nor can we provide refugees’ details for interviews.