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Kommers contributes to new book on constitutional study

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Donald P. Kommers, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, has contributed a chapter to a new book on constitutional interpretation.

The book, “Interpreting Constitutions: A Comparative Study,” was edited by Jeffrey Goldsworthy of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. It consists of essays by legal scholars on the high court decisions of six nations and the methodologies and philosophies employed in the courts’ interpretations of them.

Kommers’ contribution is a 27,000-word essay entitled “Germany: Balancing Rights and Duties.” The other constitutions considered are those of the United States, Canada, Australia, India, and South Africa, and Kommers’ fellow contributors include Peter W. Hogg of York University in Toronto; Heinz Klug of the University of Wisconsin; S.P. Sathe, director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the ILS Law College in Pune, India; and Mark V. Tushnet of Georgetown University.

A member of the faculty of the Notre Dame faculty since 1963, Kommers teaches courses in American and comparative constitutional law and is the author of numerous books, book chapters and articles on German and American politics and law. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the Heidelberg University in Germany in 1998.

Contact: Donald P. Kommers at 574-631-6304 or

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on March 01, 2006.