Director of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at the University of Bonn in Germany
Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt was born 1958 in Muenster. Since 1997 he has been Director at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) in Bonn, which he helped to set up. Between 1991 and 1997 he was Professor of Political Science at Freiburg University, where he also served as Dean of his Faculty. After studies of history, philosophy and political science at Bonn, Geneva, Tokyo and Harvard, Kühnhardt wrote a dissertation on the world refugee problem and a second thesis (Habilitation) on the universality of human rights. He was speechwriter for Germany’s Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker and a visiting professor at various universities around the world. He has lectured in all continents and is adviser to various governments and institutions in Europe. In 2002, he was a Public-Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.
His recent publications include: Europäische Union und föderale Idee, Munich 1993; Revolutionszeiten. Das Umbruchjahr 1989 im geschichtlichen Zusammenhang, Munich 1994; Von der ewigen Suche nach Frieden. Immanuel Kants Vision und Europas Wirklichkeit, Bonn 1996; Beyond divisions and after. Essays on democracy, the Germans and Europe, New York/Frankfurt a.M. 1996; (with Hans-Gert Pöttering) Kontinent Europa, Zurich 1998; Zukunftsdenker. Bewährte Ideen politischer Ordnung für das dritte Jahrtausend, Baden-Baden 1999; Von Deutschland nach Europa. Geistiger Zusammenhalt und außenpolitischer Kontext, Baden-Baden 2000; Atlantik-Brücke. Fünfzig Jahre deutsch-amerikanische Partnerschaft, Berlin 2002; Constituting Europe, Baden-Baden 2003.