Introduction to German Constitutional Law

Provided by: UMA
Master's degree (EQF level: 7)

The course provides a general introduction to German Constitutional Law i.e. the constitution, its background and contents and methods to work with constitutional legal texts. The German Grundgesetz (Basic Law) which up to this day forms the formal constitutional document of the Federal Republic of Germany has its roots in the allied occupation of Western Germany after World War II. It has proven to be a reliable foundation for the development of the German democratic system and the federal state. The provision of fundamental rights (Art. 1 19) puts the Grundgesetz in the tradition of European and North American human rights thinking. It has had an enormous impact on all German law. Although experiencing some changes throughout the years especially during the process of the German reunification the general structure and main provisions of the Grundgesetz remained unchanged. The course will cover the structure of the German Grundgesetz and its most important provisions while putting a particular focus on the first chapter containing the fundamental rights provisions. Additionally, students will learn about constitutional law in general, the federal structure and the fundamental constitutional principles of the Federal Republic and its integration in the European Union legal system as well as understand the function of the constitutional organs and the legislative process.

  • Spring 2024

    Course start date 2024-02-12
    Course end date 2024-05-31
    Language English
    Credits 8 (ECTS)
    Grading scheme: very good (1,0 - 1,5)
    good (1,6 - 2,5)
    satisfactory (2,6 - 3,5)
    sufficient (3,6 - 4,0)
    failed (5,0)