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Legal basis

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Protection against discrimination (in higher education institutions) is enshrined in various legal bases and is an elemtary part of the university's work due to the diversity of its members.

The interplay of international treaties, European directives and national regulations provides a foundation from which the university responsibility arises to create a place of diversity, de facto equal treatment and equal opportunities for all university members through targeted measures.

On this page, we provide an overview of the legal framework of diversity-related anti-discrimination work, as well as some of that of gender equality.

In addition, you can find information on the legal basis for reconciling work/study and family on the page of the Service for Families (only available in German) and on equal opportunity work on the page of the Equal Opportunity Coordination Office.

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International treaties as legal basis

Charter of the United Nations

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

European Convention on Human Rights

Legal bases at the European level

Treaty of Amsterdam

Directive on the application of the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin

Directive establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation

Directive on the implementation of the principle of equal rights for women and men as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion, and working conditions

Directive implementing the principle of equal treatment between women and men in the access to and supply of goods and services

Legal bases at federal level

Basic Law

General Equal Treatment Act

Act on the Equality of Persons with Disabilities (BGG)

Legal bases at state level

Brandenburg Constitution (BbgVerf)

Brandenburg Higher Education Act (BbgHGG)

Law of the State of Brandenburg on Equality for People with Disabilities (BbgBGG)

"Offensive for a discrimination-free society"

Framework Agreement 2019 - 2023 between the State of Brandenburg and the Universities of the State of Brandenburg

Legal basis at university level

Basic Regulations of the University of Potsdam (GrundO)

University Development Plan of the University of Potsdam (HEP)

Mission Statement of the University of Potsdam