The Department of Legal Studies
cordially invites all to
a distinguished public lecture
THE GERMAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
AS A GUARDIAN OF GERMAN CONSTITUTIONAL IDENTITY
(HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITY, BERLIN)
Constitutional identity has been one of the most popular concepts in constitutional law for more or less the last 10 years: Especially the influential German constitutional court has used this concept quite often and constitutional scholars have straightaway fallen in love with the concept. In a first part, the lecture shall deal with the respective adjudication of the German constitutional court; by respective adjudication all those decisions are meant, which explicitly deal with “constitutional identity”. A second short part shall look at some decisions of the court, in which on second thought one would expect a reasoning with constitutional identity; the lecture shall check, whether this expectation is justified. A third part of the lecture will, leaving its subject to some degree, have a look at veiled instances of launching other ideas of identity by the German constitutional court – not constitutional identity, but collective identity. A fourth part will have a look at concepts of identity.
Alexander Blankenagel is emeritus professor at Humboldt University, Faculty of Law. Between 1997 and 2017 he served as a recurrent visiting professor at the Department of Legal Studies.
Reception to follow.