Short CV/Education and training

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

    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

  • 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

    Legal Counsel to the German federal delegations to OSCE

    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)


  • 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.


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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