Professor Ulrich Haltern, one of Europe’s leading scholars of comparative and international law, visited UConn School of Law as the inaugural Martin-Flynn Global Law Professor, a three-year appointment under a new program supported by the Martin-Flynn Endowment.
Haltern holds the chair in German and Foreign Public Law, EU Law, Public International Law and Comparative Law at the University of Freiburg, Germany. For two weeks in April, he presented guest lectures on EU and U.S. constitutional law at UConn School of Law and engaged with various faculty on common research interests.
The Martin-Flynn Endowment funds the program, allowing the Law School to appoint renowned professors from around the world to a three-year term as a Martin-Flynn Global Law Professor. One professor will visit the UConn School of Law campus for two weeks each semester to give guest lectures, present workshops and engage with broader law school community.
Professor Peter Lindseth, Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law and Director of International Programs at UConn School of Law, said the program’s purpose is to “enrich the life of the law school community and to strengthen international relationships and programs.” Haltern is the first of an initial group of four Martin-Flynn Global Law Professors who will be visiting over the next two years.
“To have Ulrich Haltern as our inaugural Martin-Flynn Global Law Professor was both an honor and a joy,” Lindseth said. “He is an old friend of so many people on our faculty, but more importantly, he is one of the truly innovative scholars of comparative public law working anywhere in the world today.”
During his visit, Haltern presented a student-faculty workshop on his German-language book about U.S. politics in the Obama era. Entitled Obamas politischer Körper (Obama’s Political Body/Obama’s Body Politic), the book was declared one of the 10 best non-fiction books for 2009 by multiple newspapers and radio outlets in Germany. His many other books include the leading textbook, Europarecht. Dogmatik im Kontext (EU Law: Doctrine in Context).
Professor Haltern received his doctorate in law summa cum laude from Ruhr University, Bochum, his Habilitation from Humboldt University, Berlin, and an LL.M. from Yale Law School. He clerked for Justice Dieter Grimm on Germany’s constitutional court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht.
An award-winning teacher, Professor Haltern has also taught at Yale Law School and the University of Michigan Law, and is an accomplished cellist.