3 1/2 questions to Professor Kämmerer

Jörn Axel Kämmerer has been a Professor and holds the Chair in Public Law, European Law and Public International Law at Bucerius Law School since 2000.

1.    Should we learn from other jurisdictions and, if so, how?

Absolutely! In a globalized world learning from others helps optimize legal systems – after all, doing law means striving for the most persuasive approach. Moreover, markets and legal systems have become intertwined so much that they cannot be handled without knowledge of other jurisdictions and what “makes them tick”. That other jurisdiction can be found right in front of our doors – just think of British Ltd. domiciled in Germany. Of course, the best way to understanding foreign jurisdictions is to study, or to work, abroad.

2.    If you would be in charge of designing an international legal research agenda what three topics would be on your list?

(1)    Sovereign default and Law, a recurring topic that still awaits a consistent legal approach;
(2)    The future of the Nation-State, challenged by new perceptions of sovereignty (supranationalization; indigenous autonomy)
(3)     Brexit and its legal shockwaves, rattling more than just the internal market.

3.    Which measures are most effective to internationalize legal research?

International university networks should provide permanent bases for cooperation but also for exchanges of academic staff. European universities are often underrated internationally because their members do not – and cannot, considering the language of law – always teach, and write, in English. To overcome that lopsidedness of appreciation, more sophisticated translation software might be helpful.

1/2. What legal article is a good read?

A good, not an easy read: Niamh Moloney, European Banking Union: Assessing its Risks and Resilience, 51 CMLR (2014), 1609 - the most extensive EU reform agenda for twenty years in a nutshell.