School of Transnational Governance

STG Fellows meet Maximilian Steinbeis, editor of Verfassungsblog

The event was the sixth of the 'My Career' series of the School of Transnational Governance (STG). During these events, prominent policy professionals share their personal stories and provide valuable insights on their careers.

Maximilian Steinbeis, lawyer, writer and journalist based in Berlin, delivered a talk on Wednesday in front of the STG’s Fellows. During the event, he engaged the audience with a reflection on his journey as founder and editor of Verfassungsblog, one of the leading blogs on constitutional law in Europe.

 

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Photo: Maximilian Steinbeis with STG's Young Policy Leaders

 

‘When I founded Verfassungsblog, I was not expecting such a success,’ said Steinbeis, recalling that he started the blog 'as an experiment' in 2009, after almost ten years of career as a journalist.

‘During its initial stage, the focus of Verfassungsblog was constitutional law and politics in Germany,’ he said, recalling how he used to write commentaries on Court’s decisions, trying to ‘provide contents that were both engaging and reliable on topical events and themes’.

The aim, said Steinbeis, was to gradually develop a platform for jurisprudential expertise: eventually, Verfassungsblog enlarged its reach and scope, encompassing the emerging constitutional space in Europe and beyond.

‘Today, more than 500 authors from all over the world have published articles and debate contributions on Verfassungsblog,’ said Steinbeis, highlighting the important role of the blog’s institutional partners. Verfassungsblog is currently supported by the Center for Global Constitutionalism at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and the Law in Context research network at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin - Institute of Advanced Study.

Answering to the Fellows’ inquiries on the perks and drawbacks of the blog medium, Steinbeis affirmed that blogs can be a powerful tool for academics to disseminate knowledge. ‘The blog format has proved to be enormously attractive: being less burdened by editorial bureaucracy, you can react quickly to current events and get immediate resonance’, he said.

Verfassungsblog also cooperates with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL) in Heidelberg and the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague in organising online symposia.