CPG Constitutional Law Series

on the occasion of the

75th anniversary of the German Basic Law

online via Zoom video conferencing


Today, exactly 75 years ago, on May 23, 1949, the German constitution, widely known as the Basic Law, came into force, following its passage in the Parliamentary Council on May 8 and approval by the occupying Western Allies of World War II on May 12.

Initially thought to serve as a provisional constitutional framework for West-Germany until the hoped-for German re-unification, the Basic Law quickly proved its quality as the constitutional foundation and has maintained this role for the entire German state after the eventual re-unification in 1991. It has been and continues to be recognized as a mainstay of democratic governance, the rule of law, and human rights protection in Germany. Outside Germany, it has inspired and referenced as a source for the development and creation of constitutions in many countries across the world.

To celebrate the Basic Law’s 75th anniversary, CPG is hosting a series of online events as part of the “CPG Constitutional Law Series” to explore and discuss some of the many facets of the Basic Law. Among others, the series will include expert talks on

🔹 the historical origins, developments, and current challenges of the Basic Law;
🔹 the concept of human dignity;
🔹 the role, function, and power of the German Constitutional Court;
🔹 the principle of proportionality in German fundamental rights adjudication;
🔹 the concept of militant democracy, among others.

The series will feature as speakers constitutional law scholars including CPG Director Henning Glaser, Prof. Dr. Oliver Lepsius, Prof. Dr. Niels Petersen (both Faculty of Law, University of Münster), Professor Dr. Dr. Rainer Hofmann (Faculty of Law, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main), Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitz (School of Law, Maqsut Narikbayev University), among others.

Stay tuned for more details to follow soon and join us in exploring the German Basic Law and its enduring impact on democracy, freedom, and the rule of law in the heart of Europe and beyond