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At the Proposal of the Constitutional Court of Moldova, the Renowned European Scholar, Rainer Arnold, Was Awarded the Title of Doctor Honoris Causa


On Friday, 9 June 2017, at the proposal of the Constitutional Court of Moldova (CCM), the University of Academy of Sciences of Moldova has awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to the renowned professor of constitutional law from Germany, Rainer Arnold. The distinguished professor has been awarded this title for exceptional merits in promoting the consolidation of constitutional justice in Moldova.

Author of over 400 publications and a dedicated participant to international scientific events organised by CCM at the beginning of 2000, professor Rainer Arnold is a loyal supporter of the development of constitutional law in Central and Eastern Europe, including in Moldova. Therefore, following the proposal of CCM, the University of Academy of Sciences of Moldova decided to confer the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to Prof. Dr.h.c.mult. Rainer Arnold of the University of Regensburg, Germany.

At the opening of the event, the President of CCM, Tudor Panțîru, underlined the substantial contribution of the honorary professor in promoting constitutional justice in Moldova.

“Esteemed professor Rainer Arnold, today’s ceremony represents for all of us the occasion to prove the gratitude for your exceptional contribution to the development of European constitutional law as a whole and to the individual constitutional identity of the states that are or strive to be a part of the great European family, in our case – the Republic of Moldova.” 

A welcome speech was presented by the Rector of the University of ASM, the academician Maria Duca, who expressed her gratitude for the initiative of the Court, and also for the acceptance from Professor Arnold of this honorific title.

The laudatio to Mr. Rainer Arnold was presented by the Vice President of ASM, corresponding membre, habilitated doctor of law and full professor, Ion Guceac. According to him, throughout the past years, professor Rainer Arnold becomes more and more involved in the scientific activities of Moldova, particularly by giving lectures and practical courses on German law and comparative law as a visiting professor at the State University of Moldova, but also as a member of the board of editors of the periodical publication The Bulletin of Constitutional Court [of Moldova - TN].

Professor Rainer Arnold expressed his gratitude for being granted this honorary title here, in Chișinău, where the Constitutional Court has a jurisprudence which complies with the highest standards of European constitutionalism.

The event included also an address by the President of CCM between 2011-2017, Alexandru Tănase, who recalled a statement made by Professor Arnold at a conference held in Chișinău in March 2017 on the Evolution of constitutional control in Europe, that ”constitutional justice is the perfection of the rule of law.” Alexandru Tănase thus took pride in the fact that starting with 2005, Professor Arnold became a bridge of crucial importance, not only between [Moldova and - TN] the academia from Germany, but also with the academia from the whole world.

The public attending the ceremony included guests from about 20 countries from Europe and Latin America, who were in Chișinău at the International Congress on European and Comparative Constitutional Law, held in Chișinău for the first time ever.

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