Education & Research

Center for Security and Law

We are convinced that questions regarding the interplay of security and law are of an ever-growing importance in this day and age. It is a challenge not only for policymakers, but also for academic research.

Due to the rising complexity of modern day security challenges of all shapes and forms, it is necessary to bring together different stakeholders and disciplines, coordinate efforts and illuminate grey (legal) areas with an academic approach in order to find solutions to modern day challenges.

On this conviction the Center for Security and Law was founded at Bucerius Law School in 2015. The Center solidifies the research area “security research” that was established in 2010. It will be the basis for future projects at Bucerius Law School, which address challenges to the international security architecture.

Professor Dr. Doris König, M.C.L., Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

Professor Dr. Doris König, M.C.L. (Miami), Judge at the Federal Constitutional Court

Director of the Center for Security and Law

Doris König laid the foundation for the Center and for security research at Bucerius Law School with the PiraT-project focusing on piracy and maritime terrorism and Bucerius Law School’s participation in the “Network of Excellence for the Law of Civil Security in Europe”. After her appointment to the Federal Constitutional Court, she continues this tradition as director of the Center for Security and Law.

Claussen Simon Chair for International Law

Professor Dr. Jasper Finke, LL.M., Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

Professor Dr. Jasper Finke, LL.M. (Columbia)

Managing director of the Center for Security and Law

Jasper Finke is associate professor for public law, as well as international and European law at Bucerius Law School. His research focuses on the relationship between crises and law and the long-term changes, which crises affect in legal systems. Further research fields include sovereign immunity, as well as institutional cooperation between international law regimes, actors and subsystems.

Junior Professor for Public Law

Dr. Tim René Salomon

Research fellow at the Center for Security and Law

Tim René Salomon took part in the PiraT-project focusing on piracy and maritime terrorism and wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the topic of the international prosecution strategy vis a vis Somali piracy. He was furthermore part of the project “Network of Excellence for the Law of Civil Security in Europe” and worked as a managing associate at the Center for Security and Law during the phase of its inception.

Bucerius Law School looks back on a successful research tradition in the area of interdisciplinary security research. Since 2010 it has been part of projects dealing with modern-day security challenges. Core areas of these projects were international terrorism, transnational crimes, refugees, and maritime trade/supply chain security. The researchers regularly conducted their work in close cooperation with stakeholders such as private and state security agencies and other academic institutions.

With the project “Network of Excellence for the Law of Civil Security in Europe” Bucerius Law School established a research network together with the University Freiburg, the Humboldt University Berlin, the German Police University with Europe-wide visibility. This network addresses the legal questions of a European security strategy within the agenda of the area of freedom, security and justice. Bucerius Law School is a part of this network with the subproject “Contributions to the maritime security architecture in the 21st century”. This project focusses on the European maritime security strategy and analyses different topical issues in the field of maritime security from a German, European and international law perspective.

From 2010 until 2013, Bucerius Law School participated in the project Piracy and Maritime Terrorism as a Challenge for Maritime Trade Security: Indicators, Perceptions and Options for Action (PiraT). The objectives of Bucerius Law school’s subproject were to research the existing legal norms of international, European and national law related to the suppression of maritime terrorism and piracy, analyse the norms and their interaction to detect loopholes and other deficits, which have an adverse effect on the efficiency of the measures to suppress piracy and maritime terrorism. Finally, the researchers developed potential options for optimizing the legal framework.

  • Sebastian tho Pesch:
    The future of green energy production is heading towards the sea. Especially after the catastrophe of Fukushima in 2011, the construction of offshore wind farms is pursued stronger than ever. Huge areas, mostly situated in the EEZ, are designated to this use, often for most of the foreseeable future. To take a planned approach, many coastal states have enacted laws on maritime spatial planning to accommodate for different uses. The rise of offshore wind energy has put this on the agenda in most European countries. In the process of setting up a plan for the maritime areas of a country, different uses have to be analyzed and allocated. Shipping is protected in the law of the sea by the freedom of navigation. But how can a coastal state correctly consider these freedoms when establishing a master plan for maritime uses? Offshore wind farms are areas cut off from sea traffic. Do such areas infringe upon the maritime freedoms?

  • Lisa-Marie Komp:
    The southern European countries, as well as the European Union as a whole have been facing a great challenge in dealing with the migratory flows from North-Africa over the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe. From the point of view of the migrants, the sea-route is the most lethal way to travel, from the point of view of the countries of destination, it is very difficult to limit migration by sea. This project aims at indicating the possibilities, as well as the limitations of actions aimed at preventing migration by sea and of cooperation among States.

  • Annelie Siemsen:
    Acquisition of information as well as its processing are elementary parts of international security policies. Therefore, the multinational ISAF-forces ascertained millions of biometrical data of native Afghans. These data have been stored in US-governmental databases. Unlike, inside Germany, data ascertainment in such quantities would be unthinkable in legal terms, in the light of the Recht auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung (Right to Privacy). The international aspect of transnational data ascertainment during armed conflicts raises the question about the governing international law. The thesis aims at specifying this law, while including the relevant aspects of national (German) law as well.
  • Sebastian tho Pesch, Coastal State Jurisdiction around Installations: Safety Zones in the Law of the Sea, International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 30 (2015), forthcoming, advance online access

  • Doris König, Maritime Security: Cooperative Means to Address New Challenges, German Yearbook of International Law 57 (2014), forthcoming

  • Jasper Finke, The limits of emergency mechanisms, Völkerrechtsblog, 01.09.2014

  • Jasper Finke, Beyond Certainty: Experimentalism as an Answer to the I.C.J.'s Decision in Germany v. Italy, in: Delbrück, u.a. (Hrsg.), Aus Kiel in die Welt: Kiel's Contribution to International Law, Festschrift zum 100-jährigen Bestehen des Walther-Schücking-Instituts für Internationales Recht, 2014, S. 55-68

  • Doris König/Tim René Salomon, Fighting Piracy – The German Perspective, in: Koutrakos/Skordas (Hrsg.), The Law and Practice of Piracy at Sea: European and International Perspectives, 2014, S. 225-248

  • Jasper Finke, Sovereign Immunity: Rule, Comity or Something Else?, European Journal of International Law 21 (2011), S. 853-881