Karlson Preuss - Doctoral Researcher


Karlson Preuss

Doctoral project:
The Unwritten Constitution as an Intersection between Global Law and World Politics


 

Biography
since 03/2018 Doctoral Researcher in the Research Training Group "World Politics", Bielefeld University
09/2017 - 02/2018 Teaching & Research Associate, Chair Prof. Dr. Armin Nassehi, Institute for Sociology, LMU München
2017 LLM Comparative Constitutional Law, Central European University Budapest, Hungary
2015 M.A. Sociology, LMU München
2015 Magister Artium Philosophy, LMU München
2014 - 2016 Student Assistant, Chair Prof. Dr. Armin Nassehi, Institute for Sociology, LMU München
2011 - 2012 Erasmus, Sorbonne Paris IV, France
2011 B.A. Sociology, LMU München
Abstract

In the early 20th century, different legal frameworks experienced the emergence of unwritten constitutional law as an established doctrine both in judicial practice and scholarship. In ordinary and constitutional adjudication, unwritten constitutional law increasingly figured as a legitimate source Courts relied on to settle a variety of legal issues. Assuming an historical perspective, this research retraces the emergence of the doctrine of unwritten constitutional law by examining Court verdicts and the accompanying judicial doctrine in different national frameworks. In order to pay justice to the global character of this development, my research builds on the concept of world society as developed in the theoretical framework of sociological systems theory. Taking the perspective of sociology of law, the emergence of unwritten constitutional law as an established doctrine shall be considered by taking into account societal transformations occurring beyond the legal sphere. What is the societal function the introduction of unwritten constitutional law into jurisprudence may serve? Hereby, the interrelation between law and politics constitutes the primary focus of this project. Court verdicts that heavily rely on constitutional norms or values of supra-positive nature can oftentimes be read not only as legal texts but also have a strong political coloration. Likewise, advocates of supra-positive outreaches stress the political character of their profession. Processes of judicial decision making are often communicated as political acts. When the judiciary increasingly invokes supra-positive values and principles, it appears as if the boundary between the legal and the political sphere becomes blurry to a certain extent. How is this blurriness to be conceptualized from the perspective of differentiation theory? Hence, apart from historically reconstructing the emergence of the doctrine of the unwritten Constitution in the legal sphere, this project pursues the question if this emergence results in a punctual dedifferentiation of law and politics.

Conferences
  • Preuss, K. (2018) "Gesellschaftstheoretische Anmerkungen zur Kultursoziologisierung der Rechtswissenschaft im frühen 20. Jahrhundert."
    Paper presented at the DGS Conference "Komplexe Dynamiken globaler und lokaler Entwicklungen," Universität Göttingen, 24-28 September, Göttingen.
  • Preuss, K. (2018) "Was ist neu an der heutigen 'Krise des Rechts'? Radikale Rechtskritik zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts."
    Paper presented at the Conference "Abschaffung des Rechts?" 14-15 September, Basel.

News

Forthcoming in October and November: RTG-Workshops

Two-day workshops at Bielefeld University on 'Imagining Belonging in World Politics: Concepts, practices and struggles' (01 & 02 Oct.18) and 'Balance and Competition in World Politics' (09 & 10 Nov.18) organized by the RTG members.

13/09/2018:
Workshop with Deborah Ruggieri

"Attention please & the power of persuasion." A workshop for female PhD students funded by the RTGs equality fund.

 

12/07/2018:
Guest Lecture by Georgios Varouxakis (London)

Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Towards a genealogy of the concept of the West" presented by Prof. Dr. Georgios Varouxakis (Queen Mary University), Thursday 12 July at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.

19/06/2018:
Guest Lecture by Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld)

Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Observing transnational labor markets through the lens of economic sociology - on the production of a transnational labor market in the meat industry" presented by Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld University), 19 June at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.

07/06/2018:
Workshop with Jennifer Pitts (Chicago)

Workshop jointly organized with the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology on "Boundaries of the International" held by Prof. Dr. Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago)

05/06/2018:
Guest Lecture by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Bielefeld)

Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Cultural Convergence or Political-economic Divergence: A Comparative Perspective on the Welfare Development in Greater China" presented by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Bielefeld).

08/05/2018:
Guest Lecture by Or Rosenboim (London)

Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Globalism: Historical Perspectives on a Contested Concept" presented by Dr. Or Rosenboim.

10/04/2018:
RTG newsletter was launched

The RTG successfully launched its newsletter. The first issue is now available online. The newsletter provides an overview of past developments and events of the RTG and informs about future events. The next issue is expected to be published at the end of the summer semester.

02/03/2018:
New doctoral researcher joined the RTG

On 01 March, Karlson Preuss took up his position in the Research Training Group. In his doctoral dissertation, he focuses on "The Unwritten Constitution as an Intersection between Global Law and World Politics".

 

19/12/2017:
A touch of world politics in Bad Salzuflen

The RTG participated in the Annual Retreat of the Institute for World Society Studies on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Bad Salzuflen. More.

 

08/11/2017:
Guest lecture by George Lawson (LSE) on 28 November

We would like to invite you to the Guest lecture "Global Historical Sociology" by Dr. George Lawson (LSE) on Tuesday, 28 November at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

 

27/10/2017:
RTG "World Politics" officially launched

Ten international young scientists and eleven principal investigators will investigate the emergence of world politics as a specific type of politics from an interdisciplinary perspective. More.

13/10/2017:
Official Opening of the RTG on 24 October

We would like to invite you to the Official Opening of the RTG and the guest lecture "'Lies are the Law of the World!' News and Global Media Networks in the Twentieth Century" by Prof. Dr. Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) on Tuesday, 24 October at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

01/10/2017:
The RTG "World Politics" started on 01 October

On 01 October 2017, the Research Training Group "World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society" started. Nine doctoral researchers and one post-doctoral researcher took up their positions.

01/11/2016:
The RTG is approved

We are pleased to announce that the DFG has approved our Research Training Group application. The new Research Training Group `World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society´ will start 01 October 2017.