Last modified: October 18, 2016

Working Group for Overseas Comparative Constitutional Law
(Arbeitskreis für Überseeische Verfassungsvergleichung, AÜV)

The Arbeitskreis für Überseeische Verfassungsvergleichung (Working Group for Overseas Comparative Constitutional Law, AÜV) is an association of lawyers researching and working on the law of the Global South. The AÜV was founded in the 1970s by Herbert Krüger with the aim of giving more attention to African, Asian and Latin American countries in German scholarship on comparative law.


Since 1975, the members of AÜV hold annual meetings in varying German cities to discuss current constitutional law topics. In addition to the engagement with public law in countries of the Global South, the AÜV increasingly works on the role of the Global South in international law as well as issues of law and development. The annual meetings are funded by the Professor-Herbert-Krüger-Stiftung zur Förderung der Überseeischen Verfassungsvergleichung (Professor Herbert Krüger Foundation for the Promotion of Overseas Comparative Constitutional Law).


Closely linked to the working group is the journal Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America), the only journal in Germany dedicated exclusively to the legal systems of the Global South.


Lawyers interested in the law of the Global South are encouraged to join the AÜV. There is no membership fee.