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Team Global Constitutionalism
Bernhard Ludewig

Mattias Kumm's research focuses on the theory and practice of constitutionalism and human rights on the national, European and global levels. How should we think of the basic institutions and categories of existing law and how should they be progressively developed, if we take seriously the widely embraced idea that any claim to legitimate authority must be based on the rule of law, democracy and human rights? Conversely, which concepts, doctrines and institutional practices effectively fall short in light of the principles they claim to reflect? One of his current projects is to analyze constitutionalism theoretically and historically as a revolutionary, transformative, and militant practice, to help better understand contemporary challenges and reflect on possible responses to these challenges.