In 2012 the German Research Foundation (DFG) awarded the renowned Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize to Prof. Forst in recognition of his outstanding research in political philosophy and theory on the basic political concepts ‘justice,’ ‘tolerance,’ and ‘democracy’. The Leibniz Research Group Transnational Justice is funded through the Leibniz Programme and is based at the Chair in Political Theory and Philosophy at Goethe University in Frankfurt.
The members of this research group examine normative questions of transnational justice by starting with the assumption that social or political justice in its core means justified or non-arbitrary rule. Their aim is to unpack this core meaning on the basis of analyses of various struggles for social and political justice.
More specifically, the members of this research group study the uses of the concept of justice in various national and transnational social conflicts. Thereby they construe an empirically informed conception of justice that is rooted in a far-ranging and openly structured inquiry into diverse struggles for justice. Thus social scientific and philosophical analyses of disparate experiences of social or political injustices should form part of the justification of critical conceptions of justice.
The research group organizes conferences, lectures and workshops on issues of transnational justice. For that purpose it cooperates with the Cluster of Excellence Normative Orders, the Centre for Advanced Study Justitia Amplificata, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.