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Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät Prof. Dr. Tilmann Altwicker

Lecture Comparative Constitutional Law

Dear students,

We would like to inform you that the podcasts will be removed from the web at the end of January 2021.


What is a constitution? How are constitutions made? What is constitutional review? How are fundamental rights protected in the constitution? How is power distributed among different branches of government?

This lecture presents the principles and structures of constitutional review, fundamental rights and government of selected constitutional states (including France, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States) in a comparative perspective. In addition, selected topical issues will be explored (empirical comparative constitutional law, emergency regimes, the role of international law in constitutional law, constitutional transplants, decline of liberal constitutionalism).

Participants are expected to read and discuss case law from the selected jurisdictions as well as research literature provided in the lecture materials. Language of materials, lectures and examination will be English.


Course Information and Syllabus (PDF, 324 KB)


The lecture will be held on "Zoom" on Thursday (16:15-18:00). Podcasts will be available on Fridays after session.

To attend the lecture you need to download and install "Zoom" and follow the instructions on OLAT.(see above). 

Weiterführende Informationen

Course Catalogue

Course number 0508

Thursday, 16:15–18:00 (ZOOM live), also recorded as podcast