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Prof. Klaus Stern Awarded Honorary Degrees

Update:Oct. 02, 2009
The diploma was presented to Prof. Stern by President Seike
The diploma was presented to Prof. Stern by President Seike
Ceremony to confer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa upon Prof. Stern
Ceremony to confer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa upon Prof. Stern
Prof. Stern gave a lecture at the ceremony
Prof. Stern gave a lecture at the ceremony
Prof. Stern gave a lecture at the ceremony
Prof. Stern gave a lecture at the ceremony

Photo: Susumu Ishito

A ceremony to confer honorary doctoral degrees upon Prof. Klaus Stern was held from 1:40 p.m. on September 24 at the North Building Hall, Mita Campus.

Prof. Klaus Stern is a constitutional scholar who represents Germany, and his research significantly influenced Japan’s constitutional law. Since the first visit to Japan in 1987, Prof. Stern has put great effort on academic exchange between Japan and Germany.

The diploma of Doctor of Law, honoris causa was presented to Prof. Stern based on his great academic achievement and accomplishment of academic exchange with Japan, especially, his longtime contribution to building an amicable relationship between Keio University and University of Cologne.

The ceremony was chaired by Prof. Go Koyama of Faculty of Law, and with the songs by Wagner Society Female Chorus, Prof. Stern walked onto the stage. Following the reading of the citation for Prof. Stern by the Dean of the Faculty of Laws, Prof. Ryosei Kokubun, President Atsushi Seike presented the diploma of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa to Prof. Stern. President Seike delivered an address, and in response, Prof. Stern showed his appreciation to Keio University in Japanese.

After the ceremony, Prof. Stern gave a lecture titled “Verfassung und Kulturstaatlichkeit. Eine verfassungsrechtliche und verfassungspolitische Skizze.” The audience including Keio students, school officials and other participants listened to his lecture with enthusiasm.