30. - 31. Mai 2024

Solange 50th Anniversary Conference

Constitutionalism Beyond the State and the Role of Domestic Constitutional Courts

Fifty years have almost passed since the German Federal Constitutional Court rendered one of its most widely discussed and influential decisions: Solange I. On May 29, 1974, the Court famously held that it would review European Community law by the standards of German constitutional law for so long as the Community had not received a catalogue of fundamental rights, which is adequate in comparison with the catalogue contained in the German Basic Law. What the decision of Marbury v. Madison was for domestic constitutionalism, Solange I was arguably for constitutionalism beyond the state.

It is not our intention to simply celebrate Solange I on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary but to reexamine the landmark decision critically; to reassess its historical context, its legacy, and its significance today with the benefit of fifty years of academic reflection; to trace the ensuing transformational judicial and political development; to examine the various and partially competing narratives flowing from the decision; and to comparatively analyze receptions and adoptions in other jurisdictions in Europe and beyond.


Mattias Kumm
Inge Rennert Professor of Law at NYU
Research Professor on Global Constitutionalism at WZB
Professor of Law at Humboldt University Berlin

Kriszta Kovács
Associate Professor at ELTE University Budapest
Research Fellow of the Research Professorship Global Constitutionalism
Senior Research Fellow at SCRIPTS Berlin

Andrej Lang
Visiting Professor in Public Law at University of Bremen
Senior Researcher at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg


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