Peter Quint

Jacob A. France Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law




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  • AB, 1961, LLB, 1964, Harvard University
  • Diploma in Law, 1965, Oxford University

Professor Quint practiced law for several years in Detroit and in New York City, and he has taught at Wayne State University School of Law. He joined the University of Maryland faculty in 1972.

In 1978-79 Professor Quint was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. In 1985-86 he was a Fulbright senior research fellow at the law faculty of the University of Tuebingen (Federal Republic of Germany). In 1992-93 he was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) in Berlin. In 1999-2000 he was a visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University.


Civil Disobedience and the German Courts : The Pershing Missile Protests in Comparative Perspective (2008).

The Imperfect Union: Constitutional Structures of German Unification (1997).

Editor, Der Vereinigungsschock. Vergleichende Betrachtungen zehn Jahre danach [The Shock of Unification–-Comparative Views Ten Years Later] (2001) (with Wolfgang Schluchter).

Book Chapters

Der Eináuss des Supreme Court der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika auf die Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit in Europa [The Influence of the Supreme Court of the United States of America on Constitutional Review in Europe], in Handbuch Ius Publicum Europaeum Band VI: Ius Publicum Europaeum (Armin Bogdandy et al., 2016).

German Unification and the Federal Constitutional Court: A Retrospective View after Twenty Years, in German Unification: Expectations and Outcomes 153 (Peter C. Caldwell and Robert R. Shandley eds., 2011).

Sources of Fundamental Rights, in Fundamental Rights in Europe and North America (Albrecht Weber, ed. 2003).

The Constitutional and Legal Framework of German Unification, in Der Vereinigungsschock. Vergleichende Betrachtungen zehn Jahre danach 19 (Wolfgang Schluchter & Peter E. Quint eds., 2001).

Constitutional Law, in American Law, An Introductory Survey of Some Principles, Cases and Text 362 (Shuman & West ed., 1971) (with S.I. Shuman).


Reflections on Donald Kommers' "Prolegomenon", 20 German Law Journal 557 (2019).

Ave Atque Vale, 76 Maryland Law Review 522 (2017). Abstract

Implications of the President's Appointment Power, 73 Maryland Law Review 85 (2013). Abstract

A Return to Lüth, 16 Roger Williams University Law Review 73 (2011). Abstract

60 Years of the Basic Law and its Interpretation: An American Perspective, 57 Jahrbuch des oeffentlichen Rechts der Gegenwart 1 (2009). Abstract

The Universal Declaration and South African Constitutional Law: A Response to Justice Arthur Chaskalson, 24 Maryland Journal of International Law 40 (2009). Abstract

David Currie and German Constitutional Law, 9 German Law Journal 2081 (2008).

Silences and Peculiarities of the Hamdan Opinions, 66 Maryland Law Review 772 (2007). Abstract

What is a Twentieth-Century Constitution?, 67 Maryland Law Review 238 (2007). Abstract

Book Review, Farewell to Social Nostalgia, 23 Constitutional Commentary 423 (2006) (reviewing Edward L. Rubin, Beyond Camelot: Rethinking Law and Politics for the Modern State).

"The Most Extraordinarily Powerful Court of Law the World Has Ever Known"?--Judicial Review in the United States and Germany, 65 Maryland Law Review 152 (2006). Abstract

Leading a Constitutional Court: Perspectives from the Federal Republic of Germany, 154 University of Pennsylvania Law Revew 1853 (2006) Abstract

Book Review, 4 I.CON: International Journal of Constitutional Law 752 (2006) (reviewing Uwe Wesel, Der Gang nach Karlsruhe: Das Bundesverfassungsgericht in der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik [The Road to Karlsruhe: The Federal Constitutional Court in the History of the Federal Republic]). Abstract

Toward Flawlessness, 14 The Good Society 22 (2005). Abstract

The Border Guard Trials and the East German Past--Seven Arguments, 48 American Journal of Comparative Law 541 (2000). Abstract

International Human Rights: The Convergence of Comparative and International Law, 36 Texas International Law Journal 605 (2001).

Judging the Past: The Prosecution of East German Border Guards and the GDR Chain of Command, 61 Review of Politics 303 (1999).

The Constitutional Guarantees of Social Welfare in the Process of German Unification, 47 American Journal of Comparative Law 303 (1999).

Toward First Amendment Limitations on the Introduction of Evidence: The Problem of United States v. Rosenberg, 86 Yale Law Journal 1622 (1977).

Constitution-Making by Treaty in German Unification: A Comment on Arato, Elster, Preuss and Richards, 14 Cardozo Law Review 691 (1993)

The Comparative Law of Flag Desecration: The United States and the Federal Republic of Germany, 15 Hastings International and Comparative Law Quarterly 613 (1992).

The Constitutional Law of German Unification, 50 Maryland Law Review 475 (1991).

Free Speech and Private Law in German Constitutional Theory, 48 Maryland Law Review 247 (1989). Abstract

Reflections on the Separation of Powers and Judicial Review at the End of the Reagan Era, 57 George Washington Law Review 427 (1989).

The Federalist Papers and the Constitution of the United States, 77 Kentucky Law Journal 369 1988-89).

Gewaltenteilung und Verfassungsauslegung in den USA [The Separation of Powers and Constitutional Interpretation in the United States], 1987 Die Öffentliche Verwaltung 568.

Amerikanisches Verfassungsrecht -- ein aktueller Überblick [American Constitutional Law -- A Contemporary Overview], 1986 Juristenzeitung 619.

The Separation of Powers Under Carter, 62 Texas Law Review 785 (1984).

The Separation of Power in American Constitutional Law - Perspectives and Recent Trends, 1984 Annals of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade 86.

The Separation of Powers Under Nixon: Reflections on Constitutional Liberties and the Rule of Law, 1981 Duke Law Journal 1.

Toward First Amendment Limitations on the Introduction of Evidence: The Problem of United States v. Rosenberg, 86 Yale Law Journal 1622 (1977).

Constitutional Law, 13 Wayne Law Review 89 (1966).