Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2016
    Director of the Institute for Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory and Philosophy of Law, University of Heidelberg, Germany

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    Hengstberger Chair for Public Law, International Law and Human Rights Law (W3); Heidelberg

  • 2015 – 2017
    Vicepresident of the United Nations Human Rights Committee

  • Since 2013
    Member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee

  • 2014 – 2016
    Director of the Institute for Constitutional Law, Public Law and European Law, Göttingen

  • 2013 – 2016
    Public International Law Chair, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

  • 2012
    Visiting Professor for Public and International Law, University Göttingen

  • 2012
    Habilitation

  • 2010
    Herbert Smith Visiting Professor, Cambridge University

  • 2009
    Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington D.C., USA

  • 2008 – 2010
    Project in collaboration with the OSCE to promote independence of judges in participating eastern states

  • 2008 – 2013
    Head of a Minerva research group at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg

  • 2010 – 2011
    Academic Founding Committee, International Nuremberg Principles Academy

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    Legal Counsel to the German federal delegations to OSCE

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    Co-editor of Max Planck Commentaries on World Trade Law, Internal Legal Advisors Encyclopaedia of Public International Law

  • 2002 – 2012
    Adjunct lecturer Heidelberg University and the University of Mannheim, Germany

  • 2000 – 2008
    Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2010
    Herbert Smith Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge

  • 2009
    Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University Law Center

  • 2004
    Doctor of Juridical Science/ USA

Selected publications

  • Judicial Engagement in International Human Rights Comparativism”, in: A. Reinisch/ M. E. Footer/ C. Binder, (Hrsg.), International Law and …, Hart Publishing, pp. 7-24 (2016)

  • JUDGMENTS OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS – EFFECTS AND IMPLEMENTATION, 319 pp., together with Mark E. Villiger (ed.) (Ashgate/Nomos 2014)

  • Die völkerrechtliche Verantwortung des Staats für das Handeln von Privaten: Bedarf nach Neuorientierung?, Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Bd. 73, 37-60 (2013).

  • International Judicial Ethics, in Romano/Alter/Shany (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication, pp.757- 778 (Oxford 2013)

  • JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE IN TRANSITION, 1378 pp. (Springer 2012)

  • The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Moving from Coexistence to Cooperation and Solidarity” in Koenig/Stoll/Roeben/Vöneky/Seibert-Fohr/Matz-Lück/ Hestermeyer (eds.), Coexistence, Cooperation and Solidarity (Nijhoff 2011)

  • Richterbestellung im Verfassungswandel – Der Einfluss des Individualrechtsschutzes auf Funktion und Auswahl oberster Richter in Europa, DER STAAT, Bd. 49, Heft 1, S. 130-156 (2010)

  • The Rise of Equality in International Law and its Pitfalls: Learning from Comparative Constitutional Law, 35 Brooklyn Journal of International Law, pp. 1-39 (2010).

  • State Responsibility for Genocide under the Genocide Convention, in Gaeta (ed.): The UN Genocide Convention- A Commentary (Oxford University Press 2009), pp. 349-373.

  • PROSECUTING SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS (Oxford University Press 2009)



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Joint Project with the European Court of Human Rights: Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights- Effects and Implementation

  • Kyiv Recommendations on Judicial Independence in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia / OSCE- MPIL Project on the Independence of the Judiciary

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, 2013 – 2016, 2017 – 2020

  • Board of the German Association for United Nations (since 2017)

  • Member of the advisory board of the journal Sicherheit und Frieden (Security and Peace), since 2010

  • Academic founding committee of the "Academy of Nuremberg Principles" (ANP), 2010-11

  • ILA International Committee on the International Criminal Court, 2008 – 2010

  • Coordinating committee of the International Criminal Law consortium, 2005-12

Additional qualifications

  • First and second state examination in law

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), International and Comparative Law


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Periods of parental leave 1999/2000, 2001/2003, 2006/2007, 2013/14


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