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Principles of European Constitutional Law

Head of Section:

Armin von Bogdandy

About the Project:

At the heart of the project on European constitutional law lies the book Principles of European Constitutional Law. The German version (Europäisches Verfassungsrecht) appeared in its second, significantly revised and elaborated edition in 2009. A few months later the revised English version, which builds on the first English edition in 2006, was published with Hart Publ. and C. H. Beck.

Building on a scholarly rather than black-letter law account, the book shows European constitutional law as it looks following the Treaty of Lisbon, with the EU's foundational treaties mandating the exercise of public authority, establishing a hierarchy of norms and legitimising legal acts, providing for citizenship, and granting fundamental rights. In this way the treaties shape the relations between legal orders, between public interest regulation and market economy, and between law and politics. The contributions demonstrate in detail how a constitutional approach furthers understanding of the core issues of EU law, how it offers theoretical and doctrinal insights, and how it adds critical perspective.

Co-operation partners

The scientific cooperation of the authors to the second edition of “Europäisches Verfassungsrecht” (2nd ed. 2009) and “Principles of European Constitutional Law” (2nd ed 2009) was financially supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

External partners: Josef Drexl (München), Ulrich Everling (Wachtberg-Pech, Richter am Europäischen Gerichtshof a.D.), Christoph Grabenwarter (Graz, Richter am Verfassungsgerichtshof), Ulrich Haltern (Hannover), Armin Hatje (Hamburg), Stefan Kadelbach (Frankfurt a.M.), Thorsten Kingreen (Regensburg), Paul Kirchhof (Heidelberg, Bundesverfassungsrichter a.D.), Jürgen Kühling (Regensburg), Christoph Möllers (Berlin), Jörg Monar (Sussex/Brüssel), Martin Nettesheim (Tübingen), Franz C. Mayer (Bielefeld), Stefan Oeter (Hamburg), Florian Rödl (Frankfurt), Daniel Thym (Berlin), Robert Uerpmann-Wittzack (Regensburg), Manfred Zuleeg (Frankfurt, Richter am Europäischen Gerichtshof a.D.).


  • von Bogdandy, Armin, Jürgen Bast (eds.): Principles of European Constitutional Law. Hart Publishing & C.H. Beck, Oxford und München, 2. revised edition 2010, 806 p.
  • von Bogdandy, Armin, Jürgen Bast (eds.): Europäisches Verfassungsrecht: Theoretische und dogmatische Grundzüge. Springer, Heidelberg, 2. voll. aktualisierte u. erw. Auflage 2009, 1094 p.
  • von Bogdandy, Armin: Grundprinzipien des Unionsrechts - eine verfassungstheoretische und -dogmatische Skizze. In: Europarecht 44/6, 749-768 (2009).
  • von Bogdandy, Armin, Jochen von Bernstorff: The EU Fundamental Rights Agency within the European and International Human Rights Architecture: the Legal Framework and Some Unsettled Issues in a New Field of Administrative Law. In: Common Market Law Review 46, 1035-1068 (2009).
  • von Bogdandy, Armin: Die Europäische Union und das Völkerrecht kultureller Vielfalt – Aspekte einer wunderbaren Freundschaft. In: Pluralistische Gesellschaften und Internationales Recht: Berichte der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht 43, Nolte / von Bogdandy / Keller / Mansel / Büchler / Walter (ed.). C.F. Müller, Heidelberg 2008, 69-104.
  • von Bogdandy, Armin: The European Union as Situation, Executive, and Promoter of the International Law of Cultural Diversity - Elements of a Beautiful Friendship. In: European Journal of International Law 19/2, 241-275 (2008).
  • von Bogdandy, Armin: Pluralism, direct effect, and the ultimate say: On the relationship between international and domestic constitutional law. In: International Journal of Constitutional Law 6, 397-413 (2008).