Bernhard Schlink

Visiting Professor of Law


Referendar 1968; J.D. 1974, Heidelberg University

Ph.D. 1981, Freiburg University

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Law
Constitutional Law


Bernhard Schlink, a regular visitor to Cardozo since 1993, is a former judge and best-selling novelist. He is a professor of public law and legal philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and he previously taught at the Universites of Bonn and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University-Frankfurt. From 1987 to 2006, Professor Schlink was a judge on the constitutional court for the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Münster. His many novels include the international bestseller The Reader, which was translated into 46 languages and made into an Oscar-winning film. The Reader was the first German book to reach the number one position on the New York Times bestseller list. Professor Schlink has also written several books on constitutional law, fundamental rights, and the separation of powers, and he edited, with Professor Arthur Jacobson, Weimar: A Jurisprudence of Crisis.


Contact Information


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
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