Germany has increasingly found itself in a leadership role in the twenty-first century. On challenges ranging from Russian aggression in Ukraine, to the European economic crisis, to the turmoil and resulting refugees from the Middle East, it is Germany who has been in the driver’s seat. This role was nearly unthinkable seventy years ago.
The German approach to these and other twenty-first century challenges is underpinned by a legal outlook that is deeply rooted in civil law and a tendency to depict issues through “a formalistically legal lens.” This outlook has at times put Germany at odds with its partners, but it has allowed Germany to assume a position of strength and legitimacy on the world stage.
This volume of AICGS’ German-American Issues series discusses the evolution of the German legal system and its use in various contexts, including economic and security. It portrays Germany’s legal foundation as a particular strength that has allowed the country to gain soft power in international affairs.
Made possible by the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt - AA)