Share Economy

Prof. Dr. Frank Schorkopf and Dr. Julian Dörr, both Fellows at the FnG, as well as Prof. Dr. Nils Goldschmidt have compiled the interdisciplinary volume "Share Economy", which deals with economical, historical, juridical and ethical issues regarding the economy of sharing.

For more information, please visit the website of the publisher Mohr Siebeck.


Die Weimarer Verfassung. Aufbruch und Scheitern

Udo Di Fabio provides an analysis of the "Weimar" Society, it's (constitutional) politics and its downfall. It goes beyond a historic and comparative examination of the Weimar Republic’s constitution, studying among others the role of the people in public office, the Reichswehr and the Press. With regard to the societal foundations of liberal and constitutional democracies, insights are gained into the timeless preconditions of their functioning which offer orientation for contemporary problems as well.

Prof. Di Fabio gives a summary of the book in this interview on YouTube (in German).

Four new publications

Contributions on the Normative Foundations of Society (BnGG)

The series "contributions to the Normative Foundations of Society" (BnGG) is launched with four volumes:

BnGG 1 Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo Di Fabio: "Herrschaft und Gesellschaft/Authority and Society" The first book of the series outlines the principal research approach of an interdisciplinary, normative analysis of institutions. From the perspective of system theory, it scrutinizes informal elements of authority which unfold in various interactions of social systems.
BnGG 2 Klaus Thomalla: "Herrschaft des Gesetzes, nicht des Menschen/Rule of Law, not of Man " (awarded with the Best Dissertation Prize 2018 of the faculty of law of the University of Bonn)
BnGG 3
Tobias Schieder: "Ethisch motivierter Rechtsungehorsam/Ethically Motivated Disobedience of the Law. Debates on the Right to Resist, Freedom of Conscience and Civil Disobedience in the Federal Republic of Germany 1949-1998"
BnGG 4
Ferdinand Weber: "Nationality and Status. Static and Dynamic in Political Community-Building"

For further information, please see the presentation of the series and consult the website of the publisher Mohr Siebeck.


Commentary to the 'Parlamentsbeteiligungsgesetz'

Malte Seyffarth, research associate of the FnG, has authored a new commentary about the German Parlamentsbeteiligungsgesetz (ParlBG, the parliamentary act governing German foreign military engagements). The volume also considers the latest suggestions for modification of the law.

For more information, please visit the website of the publisher C.F. Müller.


The inviolable. About the philosophical term of human dignity as a ratio of difference.

Klaus Thomalla, postgraduate of Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Josef Isensee at the University of Bonn gave a lecture about a key term to the understanding of normative foundations of society in the Western World: human dignity. Therein, he proposed the possibility of reorientation of that term in an interdisciplinary dialogue between philosophy, theology and jurisprudence: the aspect of "inviolability" should be emphasised. He unfolded this idea with various examples from the ancient world to postmodern thought.


State and Diversity

Prof. Dr. Frank Schorkopf, Fellow at the FnG, has released his study "State and Diversity", Volume No. 30 of the series "Schönburger Gespräche zu Recht und Staat", in which he deals with the theoretical implications of various concepts and claims of diversity, especially regarding democratic pluralism.

For more information, please visit the website of the publisher
Ferdinand Schöningh.


Institutions. On the normative structure of modern societies

On 22nd and 23rd June 2017, the colloquium "Institutions. About the normative structure of modern societies" took place at the FnG in Bonn. Along with its local researchers, distinguished representatives of the disciplines of law, social sciences, economics and history were invited to the event to discuss an interdisciplinary concept of institutions and its applicability to the analysis of modern society and its foundations.

New series

Contributions on the Normative Foundations of Society

The FnG is founding a new series encompassing its own research as well as other works relating to its field of study and research approach. "Contributions on the Normative Foundations of Society" (Beiträge zu normativen Grundlagen der Gesellschaft – BnGG) will be edited by Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo Di Fabio and Prof. Dr. Frank Schorkopf and published by Mohr Siebeck Verlag.