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Prof. Dr. Mattias Kumm

Portrait Prof. Dr. Mattias Kumm (Foto: K. Kumm)
Research Fields
  • Rule of Law
  • European Law
  • International Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
fon: +49 30 25491 256
fax: +49 30 25491 542
mail: mattias [dot] kumm [at] wzb [dot] eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Managing Head of the

09 to 12 2014
Visiting Professor at Yale Law School

Since 01 2012
Managing Head of the Rule of Law Center

Since 08 2010
Research Professor: “Rule of Law in the Age of Globalization” at the Social Science Research Center Berlin and Humboldt University. The research professorship is funded by the Irmgard Coninx Foundation.

Since 06 2000
Professor at the New York University School of Law (since 2010 only in the Fall Semester): European Law, International Law, Comparative Constitutional Law and Legal Philosophy

2000 Assistant Professor of Law
2003 Associate Professor of Law
2006 Professor of Law (Tenure)
2011 Inge Rennert Professor of Law

Other Appointments:
2001-2005: Director of the J.S.D.-Program
2004 - 2010: Director of the LL.M.- J.S.D. Program in International and Comparative Law

Appointments: Cornell Law School, Pennsylvania Law School, Texas Law School, und NYU School of Law

Since 2000
Visiting Professorships, Lectureships, etc.

European University Institute (Florence) (Fall 2012)
Harvard Law School, Visiting Professor of Law and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization (Fall 2009)
National University of Singapore (Summer 2007/2008)
Bucerius Law School, Commerzbank Visiting Professor of Law (Fall 2003)
University of Navarra (Pamplona) 2006/2007/2008
Central European University (Budapest) 2007
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts) 1999/2000
European University Institute (Florence) 1998

1997 - 2000
Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Program
Title of the dissertation: “Policing the Leviathan: Constitutional Democracy, National Courts and the Enforcement of Supranational Law”.

Emile Noelle Fellow (1998), Ethics Fellow (Kennedy School of Government 1999/2000), several scholarships and awards

1994/95 and 1996/97
Legal Clerkship in Kiel & Hamburg & 2nd Bar Exam

Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program; New York Bar Exam

Selected Publications
  • Kumm, Mattias/Lang, Anthony F./Tully, James/Wiener, Antje (2014): "Editorial. How Large Is the World of Global Constitutionalism?". In: Global Constitutionalism, Vol. 3, No. 1, S. 1-8.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2014): "Rebel Without a Good Cause. Karlsruhe's Misguided Attempt to Draw the CJEU into a Game of 'Chicken' and What the CJEU Might Do about It". In: German Law Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, Special Issue "The OMT Decision of the German Federal Constitutional Court", S. 203-215.
  • Kumm, Mattias/Walen, Alec D. (2014): "Human Dignity and Proportionality. Deontic Pluralism in Balancing". In: Grant Huscroft/Bradley W. Miller/Grégoire Webber (Eds.): Proportionality and the Rule of Law. Rights, Justification, Reasoning. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, S. 67-89.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2014): "Welcher chinesische Traum? Vom Konstitutionalismus und seinen gefährlichen Alternativen". In: WZB-Mitteilungen, H. 144, S. 10-12.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2014): "Why Armstrong is Wrong and there IS in Fact a Legal Duty to Appoint Juncker". In: Verfassungsblog - On Matters Constitutional, 13.06.2014.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2013): "The Cosmopolitan Turn in Constitutionalism. An Integrated Conception of Public Law". In: Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2, S. 605-628.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2013): "No to a Transfer Union, Yes to an Economic Justice Union". In: Franklin Allen/Elena Carletti/Joanna Gray (Eds.): Political, Fiscal and Banking Union in the Eurozone?. Philadelphia, PA: FIC Press, S. 103-106.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2013): "Kosmopolitischer Staat und konstitutionelle Autorität. Eine integrative Konzeption Öffentlichen Rechts". In: Der Staat - Zeitschrift für Staatslehre und Verfassungsgeschichte, deutsches und europäisches öffentliches Recht, Beiheft 21 "Verabschiedung und Wiederentdeckung des Staates im Spannungsfeld der Disziplinen", herausgegeben von Andreas Voßkuhle/Christian Bumke/Florian Meinel. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, S. 245-266.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2013): What Kind of a Constitutional Crisis is Europe in and What Should Be Done about It?. WZB Discussion Paper SP IV 2013-801. Berlin: WZB.
  • Merkel, Wolfgang/Kumm, Mattias/Zürn, Michael (2013): "Und wer hat das Sagen? Die Euro-Krise und die Demokratie - Wolfgang Merkel, Mattias Kumm und Michael Zürn im Gespräch". In: WZB-Mitteilungen, H. 139, S. 25-28.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2012): "Democratic Challenges Arising out of the Eurocrisis". In: European Parliament's Policy Department C "Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs" (Ed.): Challenges of Multi-tier Governance in the EU. Workshop, Thursday, 4th October 2012, PHS 3C50 - Outlines of the Presentations. Brussels: European Parliament, S. 33-35.
  • Kumm,  Mattias (2012): "The Moral Point of Constitutional Pluralism. Defining the Domain of Legitimate Institutional Civil Disobedience and Conscientious Objection". In: Julie Dickson/Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Eds.): Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, S. 216-246.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2012): "Constitutionalism and experimentalist governance". In: Regulation & Governance, Vol. 6, No. 3, S. 401-409.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2012): "Alexy's Theory of Constitutional Rights and the Problem of Judicial Review". In: Mathias Klatt (Ed.): Institutionalized Reason. The Jurisprudence of Robert Alexy. Oxford ; New York, NY: Oxford University Press, S. 201-217.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2012): "Rethinking Constitutional Authority. On the Structure and Limits of Constitutional Pluralism". In: Matej Avbelj/Jan Komárek (Eds.): Constitutional Pluralism in the European Union and Beyond. Studies of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law, Vol. 14. Oxford/Portland, OR: Hart Publishing, S. 39-65.
  • Kumm,  Mattias (2012): "The Idea of Thick Constitutional Patriotism and Its Implications for the Role and Structure of European Legal History". In: Helle Porsdam/Thomas Elholm (Eds.): Dialogues on Justice. European Perspectives on Law and Humanities. Law & Literature, Vol. 3. Berlin/Boston, MA: Walter de Gruyter, S. 108-137.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2012): "Representativeness and Independence of Courts". In: Adriana Silvia Dreyzin de Klor/Miguel Poiares Maduro/Antoine Vauchez (Eds.): Courts, Social Change and Judicial Independence. RSCAS Policy Paper. Florence: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, S. 53-55.
  • Kumm,  Mattias (2011): "European Legality and Jurisdictional Justification. How the ECJ Should Determine the Legality of Legislation under Art. 114 TFEU". In: Flavia Carbonell/Agustín José Menéndez/John Erik Fossum (Eds.): Hope, Reluctance or Fear?. The Democratic Consequences of the Case Law of the European Court of Justice. Arena Report. Oslo: Arena Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo, S. 115-165.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2011): "Comment: Contesting the Management of Difference. Transnational Human Rights, Religion and the European Court of Human Rights' Lautsi Decision". In: Kolja Raube/Anika Sattler (Eds.): Difference and Democracy. Exploring Potentials in Europe and Beyond. Frankfurt a.M./New York, NY: Campus, S. 245-259.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2011): "How Does European Union Law Fit into the World of Public Law? Costa, Kadi, and Three Models of Public Law". In: Jürgen Neyer/Antje Wiener (Eds.): Political Theory of the European Union. Oxford/New York, NY: Oxford University Press, S. 111-138.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2010): "Internationale Handelsgesellschaft, Nold and the New Human Rights Paradigm". In: Miguel Poiares Maduro/Loïc Azoulai (Eds.): The Past and Future of EU Law. The Classics of EU Law Revisited on the 50th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty. Oxford/Portland, OR: Hart Publishing, S. 106-118.
  • Kumm, Mattias (2010): "The Idea of Socratic Contestation and the Right to Justification. The Point of Rights-Based Proportionality Review". In: Law and Ethics of Human Rights, Vol. 4, No. 2, S. 141-175.

Kumm, Mattias (2009): "The Cosmopolitan Turn in Constitutionalism: On the Relationship Between Constitutionalism in and Beyond the State". In: Ruling the World? International Law, Global Governance, Constitutionalism, eds. J. L. Dunoff /J. P. Trachtman, Cambridge 2009, 258 – 326.


Various articles on jurisprudential and doctrinal aspects of “Constitutional Pluralism” in Europe and Beyond.

Book Project: European Legal Exceptionalism: The New Ius Publicum Europeaeum and the Cosmopolitan Turn in Constitutionalism:  (under contract with Oxford University Press).

From Human Dignity to Total Rights: On the function and limits of rights discourse – A global and comparative perspective  (book project).

Rethinking Global Law: The Cosmopolitan Turn in Constitutionalism (book project).