academic title
Prof. Dr.

Klaus Günther

Research Interests

Systematic and historical Philosophy of Law; Discourse Theory of Law and the Theory of Legal Argumentation; Concepts and Theories of Responsibility; Legal Theory of Globalization, Sociology of Law, Law and Literature (Law as Literature), Foundational Problems of Criminal Law, including European and international references


Born in Berlin in 1957. Studied Philosophy and Law in Frankfurt am Main. 1983 First State Examination in Law. 1983 to 1996 research assistant and university assistant in Frankfurt am Main, among others in a working group on legal theory funded by the DFG within the framework of the Leibniz Program under the direction of Jürgen Habermas (1986-1990). 1987 doctorate, 1997 habilitation. Appointments to professorships at the EUI Florence and at the Universities of Rostock and Zurich.
1995/96 Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. 2000 Visiting Professor for Comparative Criminal Law at Buffalo Law School (State University of New York), 2001 Visiting Fellow at Corpus Christi College in Oxford, 2003 Professeur invité at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Maison des Sciences de l'Homme) in Paris and 2012 Visiting Professor in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics.
1997 to 2001 Member of the Program Advisory Board of the Werner Reimer Conferences for Innovative Issues in Science at the Werner Reimers Stiftung in Bad Homburg v. d. H. and Speaker of the Program Advisory Board 1999 to 2001. Since 1998 Member of the Board of the German Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR). Since 2001, member of the Research Council at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt am Main.
2007 Coordinator of the application for the establishment of a Cluster of Excellence “Formation of Normative Orders / Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen” within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments.
Since November 1, 2007 Speaker of the Cluster of Excellence 243 “Formation of Normative Orders.”

Publications (selection)

Günther, Klaus 2005: Schuld und kommunikative Freiheit. Studien zur individuellen Zurechnung strafbaren Unrechts im demokratischen Rechtsstaat. Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann.

Günther, Klaus 1988: Der Sinn für Angemessenheit – Anwendungsdiskurse in Moral und Recht. Frankfurt
a. M.: Suhrkamp. [English translation: The Sense of Appropriateness (1993)]

Günther, Klaus and Stefan Kadelbach (eds.) 2011: Recht ohne Staat? Zur Normativität
nichtstaatlicher Rechtsetzung. Frankfurt am Main and New York: Campus.

Günther, Klaus, Camil Ungureanu and Christian Joerges (eds.) 2011: Jürgen Habermas. 2 vols. (International Library of Essays in the History of Social and Political Theory). Farnham: Ashgate.

Günther, Klaus, Gret Haller and Ulfrid Neumann (eds.) 2011: Menschenrechte und
Volkssouveränität in Europa. Gerichte als Vormund der Demokratie? Frankfurt am Main and New
York: Campus.

Günther, Klaus and Rainer Forst (eds.) 2011: Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen.
Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven. Frankfurt am Main and New York: Campus.

Günther, Klaus, Cornelius Prittwitz, Michael Baurmann, Lothar Kuhlen, Reinhard Merkel, Cornelius Nestler and Lorenz Schulz (eds.) 2002: Festschrift für Klaus Lüderssen zum 70. Geburtstag. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Günther, Klaus and Lutz Wingert (eds.) 2001: Die Öffentlichkeit der Vernunft und die Vernunft der Öffentlichkeit, Festschrift für Jürgen Habermas zum 70. Geburtstag. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

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