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Prof. Dr. Niels Petersen
Lehrstuhl für öffentliches Recht, Völker- und
Europarecht sowie empirische Rechtsforschung
Universitätsstr. 14-16
48143 Münster

Tel.: +49-251-83-22021

E-mail: niels.petersen [at]

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New Blogpost: How to Strengthen Rule of Law Through Legal Education - Lessons from Pakistan

A contribution on how to strengthen the rule of law through legal education that I co-authored with Syed Imad-ud-Din Asad was published on the Peacelab Blog. Here’s the teaser:

A proper training of lawyers is key for rule of law promotion. The earlier it starts, the more receptive the students. Academic and cultural interaction between law students, academics and practitioners in developing and western countries should be part of this training. It helps both sides to improve understanding, analytical skills and context sensitivity.

ERC Consolidator Grant for Project Correcting Inequality through Law

My project on Correcting Inequality through Law: How Courts Conceptualize Equality in their Constitutional Jurisprudence will be supported by an ERC Consolidator Grant for the next five years. The project explores the meaning of equality. It analyses how apex courts conceptualize equality in constitutional and international human rights law. It will be based on a comparative study of the equality jurisprudence of 16 jurisdictions and has three aims. Firstly, it intends to create a comparative map of equality jurisprudence, i.e. to describe and categorize the constitutional jurisprudence on equality: Which doctrinal choices do courts make and how do these choices inform the conception of equality? Secondly, it seeks to explain the doctrinal choices of the analyzed courts: Which factors influence courts to arrive at particular conceptions of equality? Thirdly, it has a normative goal and examines whether courts are better suited to correct certain kinds of inequalities than other kinds of inequalities.

Review of Proportionality and Judicial Activism in I.CON

Iddo Porat published a review of my book on Proportionality and Judicial Activism in the International Journal of Constitutional Law

EJIL:Live Interview on The ICJ and the Judicial Politics of Identifying Customary International Law

Proportionality and Judicial Activism published

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Cambridge University Press has published my book on Proportionality and Judicial Activism. The book addresses the question whether courts use the proportionality test as an instrument for judicial activism. It analyzes the fundamental rights jurisprudence of the apex courts of Canada, Germany, and South Africa.