Short CV/Education and training

  • 1987
    Abitur (A-levels) at the Wirsberg Gymnasium (grammar school) for the humanities in Würzburg, Germany; scholarship for the highly gifted from the Bavarian Hundhammer Foundation

  • 1988 – 1993
    Studies of law at the University of Würzburg and the University of Cambridge, UK, with a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation

  • 1993 – 1995
    PhD fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation, dissertation award from the Lower-Franconia Memorial Year Science Foundation

  • 1994 – 1996
    Pupillage at the District Court of Würzburg, the International Court of Arbitration in Paris and with the Legal Services department of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium; student exchange at the Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

  • 1996 – 1999
    Bavarian Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) grant

  • 2000
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the fields of European and German legal history, civil law, comparative law and international private law. Heisenberg scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Test lecture: "Savigny and the international private law of the 19th century"

    Visiting professor at the University of Passau, Germany

    Offer of the chair of civil law and European legal history at Universityof Bielefeld (1st place, declined)

    Appointment to the chair of civil law, as well as German and European legal history at the University of Passau

    3rd place in the search for a professor of civil law and German legal history at the University of Münster, Dec. 12, 2000

  • 2002
    Offer of a full professorship in legal history and private law at the University of Bern, Switzerland (to succeed Pio Caronim, declined)

    First place in the search for a professor of Swiss legal code / legal history at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • 2007 – 2008
    Spokesperson for civil lawyers and academic dean of the Law Faculty, University of Passau

  • 2008
    Nominated for the Gerda Henkel Prize 2008; organisation of of the 37th German Legal Historians' Conference in Passau

  • 2008 – 2009
    Vice dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Passau

  • 2010 – 2012
    Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Passau

Selected publications

  • Müßig, U.: Recht und Justizhoheit. Historische Grundlagen des gesetzlichen Richters in Deutschland, England und Frankreich (Zugl.: Habil.-Schr. Würzburg 2000), Berlin 2003.

  • Müßig, U.: Recht und Justizhoheit. Der gesetzliche Richter im historischen Vergleich von der Kanonistik bis zur Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Rechtsentwicklung in Deutschland, England und Frankreich. Erweiterte und verbesserte 2. Auflage, Berlin 2009.

  • Müßig, U., Willoweit, D.: Europäische Verfassungsgeschichte, München 2003.

  • Müßig, U.: Die europäische Verfassungsdiskussion des 18. Jahrhunderts, Tübingen 2008.

  • Müßig, U.: Der mißverstandene Montesquieu: Gewaltenbalance, nicht Gewaltentrennung. In: ZNR 22, 2000. S. 149–166.

  • Müßig, U.: Art. Absolutismus. In: HRG I, 2. Auflage, Berlin 2004, 1. Lieferung (Aachen – Anarchismus), S. 30–38.

  • Müßig, U.: Römisch-kanonisches Erbrecht in mittelalterlichen deutschen Rechtsaufzeichnungen. In: ZRG GA 122, 2005. S. 87–112.

  • Müßig, U.: Droit et Justice retenue: sur les origines de la garantie du juge naturel en dehors des théories de la séparation des pouvoirs du 17ème au 19ème siècle. In: Revue historique de droit français et étranger 83, 2005. S. 215–245.

  • Müßig, U.: Constitutional conflicts in seventeenth-century England. In: Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis 76, 2008. S. 27–47.

  • Müßig, U.: Höchstgerichte im frühneuzeitlichen Frankreich und England – Höchstgerichtsbarkeit als Motor des frühneuzeitlichen Staatsbildungsprozesses, Akten des 36. Deutschen Rechtshistorikertages in Halle an der Saale 2006, hrsg. von Rolf Lieberwirth, Heiner Lück, Baden-Baden 2008, S. 544–577.

  • Müßig, U.: Der Kampf um die gerichtliche Selbstverwaltung in der Entstehungsgeschichte des GVG, Rechtskultur 1 (2012), 4–11.

  • Müßig, U.: Montesquieu`s mixed monarchy model and the indecisiveness of the 19th century Constitutionalism between monarchical and popular sovereignty, Historia et ius, rivista di storia giuridica dell'età medievale e moderna (, num. 3 (Juin 2013), paper 4, p. 1–39.

  • Müßig, U.: Summum ius, summum iniuria – Zur Korrekturbedürftigkeit des strengen Rechts in deutschen und englischen Rechtsquellen, in: Ulrike Müßig (Hrsg.), Ungerechtes Recht, Tübingen 2013, S. 23–65.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The Advanced Grant ReConFort (Reconsidering Constitutional Formation, Constitutional Communication by Drafting, Practice and Interpretation in 18th and 19th century Europe) – in which postdocs from Belgium, Germany, Italian, Poland and Spain are participating – looks at the creation of constitutions as the interaction between the text of the constitution, the social context, political practice and constitutional interpretation. The historical constitutional debates in Sejm, Poland, in Cortes, Spain, in the National Congress of Belgium, in St Paul's Church in Germany and in the Italian Sub-Alpine Parliament, are prime examples of the way that legally setting out the political organization of a country in the text of a constitution communicates political authority within the context of the society. And although separated by almost 200 years from today's European policy-makers, the citizen-oriented constitutional community that contributed to the success of the idea of constitution in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries and which is currently missing from the treaties of union under international law.

  • "A European constitutional history, From the 12th Century to the French Revolution" (Schwerpunkte Vol. 29), is currently in progress for the C. F. Müller publishing house.

Media coverage

  • Portrait "ERC – Preisträgerin Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müßig" (European Research Council funding recipient Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müßig) aired on the BR-alpha (Bavarian Broadcasting channel) programme "Campus"

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Additional qualifications

  • Diploma in legal studies from the University of Cambridge, UK, 1990 – 1991

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Contributions to the conception of histroical exhibitions

  • Scientific communication of legal history

  • Expert opinions relating to legal history


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