Alexandra Kemmerer, Germany
"As an administrator entrusted with the development of new strategies to make legal scholarship in Germany more responsive to the challenges of globalization and fragmentation, I can only marvel at Michigan’s spirit of innovation and—at the same time—stability. A tradition of legal-academic entrepreneurship that found its early protagonists in Eric Stein, the European émigré, and other men and women of his generation flourishes here in ever new and inspiring ways."
Research Focus: An intellectual biography of Eric Stein that reconstructs the life of one of the 20th century’s leading scholars in international, comparative, and European law. The biography connects the history of international law, the experience of emigration and exile, the evolution of the UN system, the transformation of American universities and research institutions through Cold War-philanthropy and many other aspects of 20th-century history with the narrative of the European “Integration Through Law” and the emergence of a transnational constitutional paradigm which Stein himself had coined. The biography is planned as a book-length project, developed from a comprehensive set of video and audio interviews with Stein as well as a survey of his personal correspondence, diaries, papers, and files housed at the University of Michigan.
About Kemmerer: She is academic coordinator of Recht im Kontext and co-director of its program Rechtskulturen: Confrontations beyond Comparison at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and Humboldt University Law School, where she also teaches. Kemmerer has served as a researcher at the University of Würzburg, Faculty of Law (Jean Monnet Chair for European Law), a law clerk with the European Commission’s Delegation to the United Nations, New York, a senior research fellow and head of the section “Law, Politics, Institutions” at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig, and a research scholar at the EUI’s Department of Law. A member of the Frankfurt Bar, Kemmerer holds an LLM in European Law from the University of Würzburg. As biographer of Eric Stein (1913-2011), Kemmerer is particularly interested in interrelations between biography, doctrine, and theory. She is a member of the editorial board of Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte and the advisory board of the German Law Journal, and contributing editor of Verfassungsblog: Prospects of Scientific Communication in Legal Scholarship, a project she also coordinates. In her continuing parallel career as a writer and journalist, Kemmerer has published more than 600 essays, articles, interviews, reviews, profiles and shorter pieces in, inter alia, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Internationale Politik. Her research interests include international law, European public law, constitutional theory, comparative constitutional law, context(s) of law, and the media theory and communicative praxis of law. Currently, her research concentrates on the history of European and international law as a history of ideas and on transnational citizenship in Europe.
Visitor during the 2013-2014 academic year.