Robert Alexy studied law and philosophy at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen. He wrote a dissertation entitled “A Theory of Legal Argumentation” (Theorie der juristischen Argumentation), published in 1978, for which he received the award of the philologico-historical class of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. In 1984, he qualified as university lecturer in the faculty of law at the University of Göttingen for public law and legal philosophy. His thesis, submitted as his Habilitationsschrift, was entitled “A Theory of Constitutional Rights” (Theorie der Grundrechte). After teaching as a lecturer in Regensburg and Kiel, he received offers of a chair from both institutions, and accepted, in 1986, the offer from the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel. In 1991, he declined an offer from the Karl-Franzens-University Graz to become Ota Weinberger’s successor. In 1997, he received an offer from the University of Göttingen to become Ralf Dreier’s successor, which he, again, declined. From 1994 to 1998, he was president of the German section of the International Society for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR). Since 2002, he has been a full member of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen (Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen). In 2008, he was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Alicante, the University of Buenos Aires, and the University of Tucumán.
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel