Gunnar Folke Schuppert

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Gunnar Folke Schuppert (born May 23, 1943 in Praschnitz / Poland) is a German law and administration scientist .


From 1962 Schuppert studied law at the universities of Berlin , Munich and Göttingen . After the first state examination in law in 1967, he worked as a research assistant at the Legal Department of the University of Göttingen until 1972. In 1972 he was with his work on the constitutional judicial review of the Foreign violence (published in 1973) graduated . After his second state examination in 1973, he became a research assistant at the Law Faculty of the University of Göttingen and from 1973 to 1976 he was seconded as a research assistant at the Federal Constitutional Court to the judge of the Federal Constitutional Court Helmut Simon .

After studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Public Administration course) from 1976 to 1977 and a postdoctoral fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 1977 to 1978, in which Schuppert examined the fulfillment of public tasks by independent administrative units, he completed his habilitation In 1979 he attended the Law Faculty of the University of Göttingen for public law and administration .

In 1979 he was appointed to a C3 professorship for administrative science at the University of Hamburg . In December 1983, appointments were made to chairs at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer and the University of Augsburg . There he was appointed full professor of public law in 1984. In 1983 he gave a lecture in Cologne at the annual conference of the Association of German Constitutional Law Teachers on the management of administrative action through budget law and budget control (see VVDStRL 42 [1984], p. 216 ff.).

From 1993 to 2008, Schuppert Chair of Heads of State and Public Administration, in particular Heads of State and Administrative Law at the Humboldt University of Berlin . As part of this professorship, he headed the bureaucratic transparency research project of the Werner Bonhoff Foundation from 2007 to 2012 . From 1996 to 1999 he was also co-director of the European Center for Political Science and State Practice in Berlin, from 1999 to 2000 visiting professor at the Science Center Berlin for social research and from 2000 to 2002 a fellow at the Max Weber College for cultural and social science studies in Erfurt . From 2001 to 2003 he was chairman of the Association of German Constitutional Law Teachers . From October 2003 to September 2011, Schuppert held a research professorship “New Forms of Governance” at the Social Science Research Center Berlin and from 2008 to 2012 he was also the Managing Director of the WZB Rule of Law Center. He was an adjunct professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he taught in particular in the field of governance theory and was also a member of the institution's board of trustees until the end of 2018. In addition, from 2006 to 2017 he headed the sub-project B7 Law and the rule of law in areas of limited statehood at the Collaborative Research Center 700 of the DFG. Schuppert has been a fellow at the Max Weber College at the University of Erfurt since 2012. In 2014 Schuppert held a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, which dealt with “Governance Structures of Religious Communities” and was repeated in 2015. He was also a guest at the Vienna Institute for Human Sciences in 2016 . One of his current research interests is the global history of ideas and law.

Fonts (selection)

  • The constitutional control of external violence. Baden-Baden 1973.
  • The fulfillment of administrative tasks by independent administrative units. Göttingen 1981.
  • with Klaus König , Jan Heimann (Ed.): Asset allocation. Concentration of tasks in the new federal states (= administrative organization, state tasks and public service. Volume 29). Nomos, Baden-Baden 1994, ISBN 3-7890-3608-0 .
  • Administrative science. Administration, administrative law, administrative theory. Baden-Baden 2000, ISBN 3-7890-6763-6 .
  • Political Science. Baden-Baden 2003, ISBN 3-8329-0324-0 .
  • (Ed.): Governance Research. 2nd Edition. Baden-Baden 2006.
  • with I. Pernice, U. Haltern (Ed.): Europawwissenschaft. Baden-Baden 2005.
  • Administrative organization and administrative organization law as control factors. In: Schmidt-Aßmann, Hoffmann-Riem, Vosskuhle (ed.): Basics of administrative law. Volume I. Munich 2006, § 16.
  • Political culture. Baden-Baden 2008.
  • State as a process. A sketch of the theory of the state in seven acts. Frankfurt 2010.
  • Alles Governance oder was ?, Writings of the Munich Center for Governance Research Volume 4. Baden-Baden 2011.
  • Governance and regulation. Basic questions of a modern regulatory science. Baden-Baden 2011.
  • Interwoven statehood. Globalization as a governance story. Frankfurt 2014, ISBN 978-3593501802
  • The World of Rules. A somewhat different measurement of the world. Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2016-01. Online at:
  • Governance of Diversity. On dealing with cultural and religious plurality in secular societies. Frankfurt / New York 2017.
  • The World of Rules. A Somewhat Different Measurement of the World . Translated from the German by Rhodes Barrett. Global Perspectives on Legal History. Vol. 10. 2017. Online:
  • A global history of ideas in the language of law (A Global History of Ideas in the Language of Law). Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2019-02. Open Access:

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