Notre Dame Law School Professor Emeritus Donald Kommers recently completed work on a translation of the Basic Law, Germany’s Constitution. The Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, recognized as one of the world’s great constitutions, entered into force in May 1949. Its 146 articles have been amended over 50 times, most recently in 2006 when numerous provisions governing the financial relationship between the national and regional government were changed. Kommers worked with Prof. Christian Tomuschat of Berlin’s Humboldt University law faculty on the project, which was commissioned by Germany’s national parliament.
Kommers recently won the prestigious Berlin Prize Fellowship from The American Academy in Berlin. An expert in comparative constitutional law, Kommers will spend a semester in Berlin—beginning in January 2009—to complete a research project on Germany’s constitutional culture.
With scores of major publications to his name, Kommers’ work has been highly acclaimed by legal scholars and political scientists alike. A leading American authority on Germany’s political and constitutional system, he was honored recently by Heidelberg’s Ruprecht-Karls-University “for advancing cooperation between American and German legal scholars and for the role his publications have played in bringing Germany’s constitutional jurisprudence to the attention of Anglo-American legal audiences.”
For more information about Professor Kommers, visit his faculty profile page.