Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Walter Hallstein Institute

About the Institute

The Walter Hallstein-Institute for European Constitutional Law (WHI) is an academic institution of the Faculty of Law of the Humboldt University Berlin. It was founded in October 1997 by Prof. Dr. Michael Kloepfer and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ingolf Pernice who was head of the institute until spring 2016. When appointed successor to Prof. Pernice’s chair, Prof. Dr. Matthias Ruffert was also entrusted to lead the institute.

The Institute is based on the staff and premises of the Chair for Public Law and European Law of the Law Faculty. It is third-party-funded and supported by a friends’ association. Initial financing had been provided by the European Commission. An extensive description of the institute by Prof. Pernice can be found here (in German). Our ongoing activities can be seen in our current annual report.