LAPA Fellow


Ingolf Pernice

Former LAPA Fellow, 2008-2009
Humboldt-Universität of Berlin

Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
D -10099 Berlin
phone: +49 30 2093 3440 ; fax: + 49 30 2093 3449

While at LAPA
Ingolf Pernice is a Professor and holds the Chair for Public Law, International and European Law at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin, where for the past two years (until March 2008) he was the Dean of the Faculty of Law. Formerly, he was a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission and served as the legal advisor to the European delegation in their negotiations in preparation for the Rio Summit 1992, including the Framework Convention of Climate Change. From 1997 to 2001 he served as a member of the European Forum for Environment and Sustainable Development. Pernice founded and directed the Walter Hallstein-Institut for European Constitutional Law of the Humboldt University Berlin and advised the German government in the preparation of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe. After specializing in European antitrust and environmental law in practice, Pernice devoted his academic research to more general questions of legal philosophy, constitutional law and, in particular, European constitutional law. His publications include a book (in French), commentaries (in German) and numerous articles in German, French and English on how to conceptualize the relationship of national and European law. In October 2006 Pernice was awarded a doctor honoris causa by the New Bulgarian University, Sofia. At LAPA he will be examining a multilevel constitutionalism as a theoretical pattern for a global law system.


Life after LAPA
Back in Berlin since summer 2009 I am teaching the general course on European law as well two specialized courses for advanced students the Specialized Program on The Law of the European and the International Community at the Law Faculty of the Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin. I am also teaching an on-line course in the EOA-Masters Program on European Law and guide the law-program of the French-German Master of European Goverance and Administration (MEGA). As the Speaker of the interdisciplinary DFG doctoral research group "Multilevel Constitutionalism. European Experiences and Global Perspectives" of Humboldt-University, sponsored by the German Research Fund, I have sucessfully applied for the second phase-of this program (2010-2015). My research on Europeanl constitutional law focusses on a textbook on European Law. I am advising the European Central Bank on the cases regarding the Financial Market Stability Measures, pending before the German Federal Constitutional Court. I was advising the German Government on the new EU law regarding Bilateral Investment Trieaties, and participated to the Fourth Luxembourg Expert Forum on the Development of European law with a contribution on the future of the European Court of Justice. Together with Jose Marfa Beneyto I am organzing the nineth international ECLN-Symposion on European Constitutional Law in Madrid (2010), with my own contribution on "MOTOR OR BRAKE FOR EUROPEAN POLICIES? Germany’s new role in the EU after the Lisbon-Judgment of its Federal Constitutional Court".

LAPA gave me an incredible insight in American Academic and political life. And the personal environment including not only a wonderful team but also most stimulating other LAPA fellows and colleagues at the fourth floor of Robertson Hall allowed me to taking a deep breath of academic air and broadening my horizon as from Biotechnology over American constitutionalism up to the most fascinating electoral campaign with the reaction of Princeton to the victory of Barack Obama. During my LAPA Fellowship, I was primarily working on questions of European Constitutionalism, in particular regarding the ratification problems of the Treaty of Lisbon, and on my specific project exploring the emergence of what may be called "global constitutionalism" in terms of constitutional theory. This led to an article published in the Columbia Journal of European Law (2009), and to a number of projects regarding constitutional matters of European Integration preparing a book on European Constitutional Law, on the one hand, and to further collection of materials and some drafting for a book on Global Constitutionalism, on the other.


-    La Rete Europea di Costituzionalità, Der Europäische Verfassungsverbund und die Netzwerktheorie, ZaöRV 70 (2010), p. 51-71, see also WHI-paper 01/2010.
-    Editorial: Herren der Verfassung?, EuZW 2010, p. 321.
-    (with Steffen Hindelang): Potenziale europäischer Politik nach Lissabon – Europapolitische Perspektiven für Deutschland, seine Institutionen, seine Wirtschaft und seine Bürger, EuZW 2010, p. 407-413.
-    Does Europe need a Constitution? Achivements and Challenges after Lisbon, in: A. Arnull/C. Barnard/M. Dougan/E. Spaventa (eds.), A Constitutional Order of States? Essays in EU Law in Honour of Alan Dashwood", forthcoming Hart Publishing in 2010 – see also WHI-paper 02/2010.
-    Verfassungsverbund, in: Claudio Franzius (Hrsg.), Strukturfragen der Europäischen Union. Recht und Politik für das Europäische Gemeinwesen, 2010, forthcoming

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