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Prof. Dr. Philip Kunig from Freie Universität Berlin Awarded Honorary Doctorate from the University of Athens

№ 171/2012 from Jun 21, 2012

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens awarded Professor Philip Kunig from the Department of Law at Freie Universität Berlin an honorary doctorate in recognition of his academic achievements. Representatives of the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Political Science at the University of Athens, drew particular attention to his work on the rule of law, comparative constitutional law, and the development of international law. During a ceremony in the Great Hall of the University of Athens, Kunig held a lecture on "Function Shifts between State and Society – Challenges to Constitutional Jurisprudence."

Philip Kunig, born in 1951, studied law and East Asian studies at the University of Hamburg and earned his doctorate in 1980 with a dissertation on international developments in Africa. His habilitation, entitled "The Rule of Law. Reflection on Its Importance to the State Law of the Federal Republic of Germany," was published in 1985. Kunig held positions in Kiel, Hamburg, and Heidelberg before accepting a professorship in public law at Freie Universität Berlin in 1988. Shorter periods of teaching and lecturing, as well as visiting professorships took him to Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hanoi, Bangkok, Seoul, Istanbul, and Ankara, to name just a few. Since 2010 he has been vice president of a consortium of German universities founded to create a German-Turkish University in Istanbul.

The National University of Athens was founded in 1837 and is one of the oldest modern universities in the region of the eastern Mediterranean.

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Philip Kunig, Department of Law, Freie Universität, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-53010, Email: