Ingolf Pernice studied in Marburg, Geneva, Freiburg and at the College of Europe at Brugge. After his Referendary at the Higher Regional Court in Munich and his Doctorate on European Fundamental Rights, he became an official of the European Commission in Brussels in 1980, first on competition and later in the legal service.
In 1993 he joined the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and then became a Professor of public law, public international law and european law at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 1996. From 1997 to 2001, he was a member of the „European Forum for Environment and Sustainable Development“ of the European Commission.
In 1997, he founded the Walter Hallstein-Institute for European Constitutional Law and in 1998, he founded the European Constitutional Law Network. He is the host of the lecture series „Forum Constitutionis Europae“ (FCE) and „Humboldt-Reden zu Europa“ (HRE). Since 2006, he leads the DFG - Graduate School „Verfassung jenseits des Staates” (Constitution Beyond the State). From 2006 to 2008 he was the dean of his faculty.
After his visit as a senior research fellow and guest lecturer at the Law And Public Affairs (LAPA)-Programme in Princeton in 2008/09, he expanded his research from european commercial law, environmental law, currency law and constitutional law to issues of global constitutionalism, for which he deems the internet to be an essential factor.
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