As a (legal) academic infrastructure, the Research Network Recht im Kontext also supports innovative research and publication formats like the Verfassungsblog – the constitutionalist forum of debate with a focus on the emerging European constitutional space and its ramifications on national and
The evaluation report of Recht im Kontext describes the Verfassungsblog as “one of the most visible elements of the Project, with eminent spillover effects” (such as the emergence of other law blogs). The Verfassungsblog therefore became an attractive address for distinguished scholars to publish blog posts, prompting the transformation of the Verfassungsblog into one of the “most interesting and frequently read forums for constitutional law and policy”. The evaluation committee considers the Verfassungsblog “as a must read for those who are interested or engaged professionally in issues of public law and constitutional politics in Europe”. According to the report, the Verfassungsblog is not only widely used but widely respected, with an importance that reaches far beyond German borders. The connection between blog and academic events “has produced a wholly new way of participating in a conference, allowing for the diffusion of state of the art research to young scholars in ways that would be impossible via book publications”.