Short CV/Education and training

  • 1987
    Abitur (A-levels) at the Wirsberg Gymnasium (grammar school) for the humanities in Würzburg, Germany; highfliers' scholarship 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 (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes).

  • 1993 – 1995
    PhD fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation, dissertation award from the Lower Franconian Science Foundation.

  • 1994 – 1996
    Juridical traineeship at the District Court of Würzburg; Legal internships at the International Court of Arbitration in Paris, F; the Directorate-General for Legal Service of the European Commission in Brussels, BE; visiting scholar at the Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas and corresponding member of the Comité Francais du Droit International Privée (1996), France.

  • 1996 – 1999
    Postdoctoral research fellowship granted by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts for the habilitation thesis.

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

  • 2000
    Head of the Chair for Cicil Law and German and European Legal History at the Universität Passau/DE; youngest law professor to be appointed in Bavaria (cf. SZ 14.12.2000, p. 48).

  • 2000 – 2002
    Various offers as chair-holder for Legal History and Civil Law at the Universities of Bern/CH, St. Gallen/CH, Bielefeld/DE and Münster/DE.

  • 2007 – 2008
    Presiding Professor of Cicil Law and Student's Dean at the 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, Universität Passau.

  • 2010 – 2012
    Dean of the Faculty of Law, Universität Passau.

  • 2017
    Senator for the Law Faculty in the Passau University Senate.

Selected publications

  • Müßig, U. (ed.): Reconsidering Constitutional Formation I – National Sovereignty. A Comparative Analysis of the Juridification by Constitution, Studies in the History of Law and Justice 6, Springer: Cham 2016.

  • Müßig, U. (ed.): Reconsidering Constitutional Formation II – Decisive Constitutional Normativity, Studies in the History of Law and Justice 12, Springer: Cham 2018, forthcoming.

  • Müßig, U.: El juez legal – Una comparación, desde el Derecho canónico hasta la Convención Europea de los Derechos Humanos, con especial énfasis en el desarollo del derecho en Alemania, Inglaterra y Francia, 1a edición en Espana, Editorial Dykinson en colaboraión con el Instituto de Estudios Jurídicos Internacionales, Madrid, 2014.

  • Müßig, U.: Recht und Justizhoheit. Historische Grundlagen des gesetzlichen Richters in Deutschland, England und Frankreich (Habilitation, Würzburg 2000), Berlin 2003, (extended and improved 2nd edition, Berlin 2009)

  • Transparency by court organisation. Judicial independence "in front of" the German Courts in the 19th and 20th century, in: Danuta Janicka (Hrsg.), Judiciary and Society between Privacy and Publicity. 8th Conference on Legal History in the Baltic Sea Area, 3rd-6th September 2015, Toruñ 2016, 463-505.

  • The natural judge before the French Revolution: estate opposition against commissionary justice of the crown, Historia et ius, num. 7 (2015), paper 6.

  • La lucha por la consolidación de la independencia judicial en el ámbito interno de los tribunales en la organización del poder judicial de Alemania en los siglos XIX-XX, Anuario de Historia del Derecho Español, Tomo LXXXV (2015), 307-342.

  • Reconsidering Constitutional Formation The Polish May Constitution 1791 as a masterpiece of constitutional communication, CPH 67 (2015), 75- 93.

  • Reconsidering Constitutional Formation. Desafíos en la Investigación de la Historia del Derecho comparado, Codex Boletín de la Ilustre Sociedad Andaluza de Estudios Histórico-Jurídicos. VI-VII (2014-2016), 247-277.

  • La compétence judiciaire dans le droit canonique médiéval : Le juge savant et la complémentarité de la justice procédurale et matérielle, Revue historique de droit français et étranger 92 (2014), 517 – 539.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • In the Advanced Grant ReConFort (Reconsidering Constitutional Formation, Constitutional Communication by Drafting, Practice and Interpretation in 18th and 19th century Europe) seven graduated historians and legal scholars from Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Italy and Spain conduct research under the supervision of Ulrike Müßig on constitutional formation in 18th and 19th century Europe. The project aims at investigating the cross-border interplays between constitutional process and public debates and understands constitution as an evolutionary achievement assessing the interplay of the constitutional text, societal context, political practice and constitutional interpretation. For ReConFort historic constitutions are not only the body of text, but rather the consensus of those to be ruled by the constituted sovereignty.

  • The guiding principle of ReConFort is to find “discourse”-related explanation models for the rather paradigmatic experimental nature, ambiguity or indetermination of constitutional texts with regard to state-organisational core elements (i.e. power-balance of the pouvoirs constitutés, monarchical or popular sovereignty). The legal implications of the circulation of ideas and constitutional notions become more evident for the first time at the interface of legal and historical sciences.

  • After the emergence of the American Constitution (1787), the genesis of constitutional semantics was accompanied by an immense public interest and participation in Continental-Europe. ReConFort concentrates on the public “discourses” by selecting five constitutional case studies, i.e. the Polish Sejm (1788-1792), the Spanish Cortes (1812), the Belgian National Congress (1830-1831), the Frankfurt Parliament (1848-1849) and the Italian Parlamento Subalpino (1861).

  • The reconsidering of the constitutional processes of the late 18th and 19th centuries is based on the exploration of mainly still unknown primary sources (cross-border correspondences and publicist activities of major constitutional protagonists (including exile literature) and regional/national and cross-border constitutional journalism in leading public media). The interconnected synchronic and diachronic comparative approach of ReConFort sheds light on the complex mechanisms of constitutional formation and their generalisation. This is meant to contribute to the contemporary overall debate about the future of the EU integration process.

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"

    Accessible at:

    http://www.ardmediathek.de/tv/alpha-Campus/ERC-Preistr%C3%A4gerin-Prof-Dr-Ulrike-M%C3%BC%C3%9F/BR-alpha/Video?documentId=21866054&bcastId=14912932

  • ReConFort Image Film

    Accessible at: http://www.reconfort.uni-passau.de/en/reconfort-video/

  • Wikipedia EN: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulrike_Müßig

    Wikipedia FR:https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulrike_Müßig

  • www.reconfort.eu

Additional qualifications

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


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Scientific communication of legal history

  • Expert opinions relating to legal history

  • Designing historical exhibitions


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