Born in Kassel in 1937, studied law and political science at the universities of Frankfurt, Freiburg and Berlin. Extends studies at the Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Economiques in Paris and at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge (USA), where he obtained a Master of Laws in 1965 Between 1967 and 1979, he worked as a scientific speaker at the Max Planck Institute for history of European law in Frankfurt, teaching after his doctorate from the University of Frankfurt in the same University and Trier. Between 1979 and 1999 he is Professor of Public Law at the University of Bielefeld. From 1987 to 1999 Judge will also call Chamber of fundamental rights of the German Federal Constitutional Court. He is a member of various colleges and schools and has been a guest on the Humboldt University of Berlin professor and "La Sapienza" of Rome, in addition to the Yale Law School. Since 2001 Wissenschaftskolleg rector of Berlin. "Belligerent jurist" Dieter Grimm defined himself as liberal within the German intellectual tradition. Known defender of the Basic Law in the constitutional life of Germany, the courts have sometimes earned him powerful enemies attacks. In their rich work has managed to incorporate sociological and historical interpretation to constitutional considerations. A collection of his writings on constitutional theory and fundamental rights in historical perspective has been published in this same title Editorial Constitutionalism and Fundamental Rights (2006), a preliminary study of Antonio López Pina. His books include The Future of the Constitution (1994), Does Europe need a Constitution? (1995) and Constitution. History of the concept from antiquity to the present (1995). He is also editor, together with J. Limbach and R. Herzog, German constitutions volume (1999). It should also highlight their books Recht und Staat der Gesellschaft bürgerlichen (1987), Die Zukunft der Verfassung (21994) or Die Politik und die Verfassung. Einsprüche in Störfälle (2001).