Niels Petersen Do Constitutional Courts Use Balancing to Promote Judicial Activism?

Niels Petersen is a Professor of Public Law, International Law and EU Law at the University of Muenster and a Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn (Germany). His research interests are law and social sciences, international law, comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory as well as antitrust law. He was a Hauser Research Scholar and Emile Noël Fellow at the New York University School of Law.

Area of Research

Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, International Law, Law & Economics

Niels Petersen. "Balancing and Judicial Self-Empowerment: A Case Study on the Rise of Balancing in the Jurisprudence of the German Federal Constitutional Court." Global Constitutionalism 4 (2015): 49-80.  
Niels Petersen. "Avoiding the Common-Wisdom Fallacy: The Role of Social Sciences in Constitutional Adjudication." International Journal of Constitutional Law 11 (2013): 294-318.  
Niels Petersen. "Determining the Domestic Effect of International Law through the Prism of Legitimacy." MPI Collective Goods Preprint No. 39 (2009).  
Niels Petersen. "Customary Law without Custom-Rules, Principles, and the Role of State Practice in International Norm Creation." American University International Law Review 23 (2007): 275-310.  

since 2015

Professor of Public Law, International Law and EU Law

University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) (more details)

Faculty of Law

2014

Visiting Professor of Public Law

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth)

2012-2013

Hauser Research Scholar and Emile Noël Fellow

New York University School of Law

2012

Visiting Professor of International Law

Hertie School of Governance

2007-2015

Senior Research Fellow

Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

2006-2007

Visiting Doctoral Researcher

New York University School of Law

2004-2005

Research Fellow

Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

2010

Master in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Columbia University, New York

2008

Doctor of Laws

Goethe University of Frankfurt (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

2005

Second State Exam in Law

Frankfurt Circuit Court

2003

First State Exam in Law

University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) (more details)

2001

Certificate of Transnational Law

University of Geneva

Asian Journal of International Law

Cambridge and Oxford University Press

European Journal of International Law

Göttingen Journal of International Law

International Journal of Constitutional Law

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies

Leiden Journal of International Law

American Society of International Law

Asian Society of International Law

Association Henri Capitant

European Association of Law & Economics

European Society of International Law

German Society of International Law

International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy

International Law Association, French and German Branch

International Society of Public Law

Society of Empirical Legal Studies

Vereinigung der Deutschen Staatsrechtslehrer [Society of German Public Law Professors]

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University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)


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In an empirical analysis of the German and the South African constitutional courts and the Canadian Supreme Court, the study presented in this video examines the use of the concept of balancing. Contrary to the common understanding, NIELS PETERSEN shows that courts do not use balancing to engange in judicial activism. Instead, they restrain themselves and employ proportionality as an instrument of rationality review, i.e. a means for compensating political market failures.

LT Video Publication DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10012

Verhältnismäßigkeit als Rationalitätskontrolle. Eine Rechtsempirische Studie Verfassungsrechtlicher Rechtsprechung zu den Freiheitsgrundrechten

  • Niels Petersen
  • Jus Publicum 238
  • Published in 2015

Chicago

Niels Petersen. Verhältnismäßigkeit als Rationalitätskontrolle. Eine Rechtsempirische Studie Verfassungsrechtlicher Rechtsprechung zu den Freiheitsgrundrechten. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015.