Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann

Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (VRÜ) / World Comparative Law (WCL)

„World Comparative Law / VRU“ analyses developments in constitutional and public law in states and regions outside Europe and North America (in what used be called the ‘Third World’) as well as their regional and international integration. Founded in 1968 and inspired by the ideals of ‘decolonization’ and fair cooperation, the Journal also has a special interest in the entanglements between ‘Global South’ and ‘Global North’, including the presence of the ‘South in the North’. Looking beyond the surface of globalization, ‘World Comparative Law / VRU’ promotes scholarship that uncovers the particularities of legal configurations as well as their interdependencies in an interconnected world. 

The journal seeks to publish theoretically and historically informed studies of law in context, but is equally open to contributions from social sciences and from practitioners. It has a particular interest in analyses that compare several legal orders but is equally attentive to studies in international law and its impact on Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as comparative international law.

„World Comparative Law / VRU“ addresses authors and readers on all world regions and aims to serve as a forum of mutual exchange. It publishes research articles, shorter reports about current events or conferences as well as book reviews. As a special service, each issue of „World Comparative Law“ contains a select bibliography of relevant publications from around the world, compiled in cooperation with the Leibniz-Institute for Global and Regional Studies in Hamburg (GIGA).

All manuscripts undergo a double-blind peer-review. The journal is published quarterly and welcomes contributions in English, and exceptionally in German, Spanish and French. Guidelines for authors are available here.

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Research Fellowship for Young Researchers

VRÜ/WCL Scholarship: The Chair for Public and Comparative Law at Humboldt University Berlin (Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann) in collaboration with the journal VRÜ/WCL offers two short-term research fellowships for emerging legal scholars from India. Scholarship holders will spend two months in Berlin in order to work on a self-chosen research project. They  will be part of a vibrant research community around Professor Philipp Dann and interact with German as well as international researchers at the Chair.
For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann.