November 25, 2012

Book Announcement: Kommers & Miller, The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany (3d ed.)

We are introducing a new feature on the blog: periodic announcements of recent or forthcoming books by members of the network.  This is the first installment of what we hope and expect will, over time, be a long series.  Additional notices of recent publications are also available in the tab above, under "Recent Books by Network Members."

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Duke University Press recently announced the publication of the third edition of The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany.  Network member Russell Miller (W&L University School of Law, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the German LawJournal) has joined the project’s original author – Notre Dame’s Donald Kommers – on this third edition.  This renowned English-language treatise on German constitutional law has been fully updated and significantly expanded to incorporate previously omitted topics and recent decisions of the German Federal Constitutional Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the foreword while also contributing a cover blurb, along with (network member) Kim Scheppele, Vicki Jackson, and Aharon Barak.  The book was also recently the subject of a symposium – hosted by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the American Academy inBerlin – honoring Professor Kommers on his 80th birthday.  

Aside from its inherent interest in comparative constitutional law, this volume will be invaluable to those who seek a better understanding of the role of the German jurisprudence in European integration and the Eurozone crisis.  In that regard, the book features a new chapter on the jurisprudence of Germany’s “open state” – exploring the tangled relationship between German constitutional law, international law, and European integration.  We urge all network members – indeed, the broader public – to take a look.

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