Verfassungsblog (lit.'constitution blog') is an academic blog published in German and English, which focuses on the constitutional law of Germany and Europe in general.[1][2] It was founded on 30 July 2009 by Maximilian Steinbeis [de][3] and is now published in cooperation with the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study and Humboldt University Berlin.[1]


Maximilian Steinbeis [de], a Berlin-based lawyer and journalist,[4] opened the blog on 30 July 2009, stating that his blog was the first German-language blog on constitutional law.[3] Beginning as a personal blog, Steinbeis soon invited others to publish their contributions on the website.[4] The blog initially focused on German law, eventually broadening its focus to constitutional law in Europe.[5] In 2011, it began to cooperate with the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study.[4] Verfassungsblog publishes content in four categories: blog posts, debates between multiple scholars, podcasts, and an editorial section.[1] It is open access and all content published on the website receives a DOI for long-time archival.[2] More than 1,000 people have published on the blog; contributors include Jürgen Habermas, Pedro Cruz Villalón, Giuliano Amato, and Yuval Shany.[6] As of 2020, Steinbeis is still the chief editor of the blog.[1]


The "Recht im Kontext" research association's external evaluation described the blog as "one of the most interesting and most widely read forums for constitutional law and policy" and a "must read" for legal scholars who research constitutional law in Europe.[7] The School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute described the blog as "one of the leading blogs on constitutional law in Europe".[5] Der Tagesspiegel described it as "an important discourse platform for European law".[4]

The 2020 European Commission rule of law report stated that Verfassungsblog is "A widely read platform for discussions on rule of law related topics [that] has gained in importance over recent years and has become a forum for both domestic as well as European discussions on the rule of law."[8]

Verfassungsblog has been cited in case law, including by Germany's Federal Court of Justice[9] and the Supreme Court of Poland.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d Henze, Hendrik. "Verfassungsblog | On Matters Constitutional". Verfassungsblog. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b Dalkilic, Evin. "What we do". Verfassungsblog. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Hallo Welt!". Verfassungsblog. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Herbold, Astrid (19 February 2015). "Kurz und persönlich". tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b "STG Fellows meet Maximilian Steinbeis, editor of Verfassungsblog". European University Institute. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  6. ^ Steinbeis, Maximilian. "Our Authors". Verfassungsblog. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  7. ^ Hörnle, Tatjana; Möllers, Christoph; Wagner, Gerhard (2020). Gerichte und ihre Äquivalente. Nomos Verlag. p. 8. ISBN 978-3-8452-8158-2.
  8. ^ European Commission rule of law report 2020, chapter on Germany, page 12
  9. ^ Bundesgerichtshof. "Urteil des VI. Zivilsenats vom 18.12.2018 – VI ZR 439/17 –".
  10. ^ "Sąd Najwyższy, II PO 3/19".

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