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Prof. Dr. Nettesheim



There has never been a more exciting time to study legal issues of international governance - in public international law, in European Union law and issues regarding the role of the state in international relations. And it is a particular privilege to do so at Tuebingen University with its long tradition in academic excellence, its wonderful setting in a pittoresque old town and its international flair.

Research in issues of international governance at Tuebingen University stresses the theoretical dimension while remaining closely focused on the practical implications of international governance. You will not be encouraged to engage in theory for theory's sake. However, to do this right, knowledge about the history of legal structures and concepts is as indispensable as the understanding of their cultural background, the accompanying and supporting ideas and their function. Without such a theoretical background, an accurate description of what the law actually is and does is impossible; and normative reflections about what it ought to be will remain speculation. Thus, the cultural and political dimensions of international law, European Law and national constitutional law as well as their practical impact will always be an important dimensionn of legal research and studies.

At Tuebingen University, international and supranational governance are considered to be elements of an emerging multi-level-structure of governance. While the state still plays a very important role, Europe is witnessing the emergence of a federal-type structure of European and national governance. Moreover, on the international level, institutions such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization are not only gaining political importance but are also the power and techniques of governance of law. While some are talking about the emergence of a 'global village', the evolving picture, at the same time heterogeneous and fragmented, is raising considerable legal challenges.

Prof. Dr. Martin Nettesheim


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