Habilitation of Dr. Johanna Croon-Gestefeld

Bucerius Law School Congratulates Teaching Qualification Award

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On December 16, 2020, Dr. Johanna Croon-Gestefeld was granted her habilitation at Bucerius Law School. Dr. Croon-Gestefeld currently teaches at the Chair of Private Law I of Prof. Dr. Anne Röthel. In the habilitation colloquium, which was held as a hybrid event, she received the Venia Legendi for Civil Law, International and European Private Law, European Law, Legal Theory and Comparative Law. In attendance were the President of Bucerius Law School, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Katharina Boele-Woelki, head of the habilitation committee, Professor Dr. Karsten Thorn, as well as Professor Dr. Anne Röthel, the habilitation supervisor.

Professional Career

Dr. Croon-Gestefeld is an alumna of Bucerius Law School (class of 2004) and spent her semester abroad in 2006 at New York University School of Law. After successfully completing her first state examination in 2009, she began a master's degree program at the European University Institute in Florence, which she completed in 2010 with a Master of Laws (LL.M.). Subsequently, Dr. Croon-Gestefeld worked on her dissertation "Reconceptualizing of European Equality Law - A Comparative Institutional Analysis", in the context of which she spent a three-month research stay at Yale Law School in New Haven, USA in 2011. She was awarded her PhD from the European University Institute in 2013. Since 2015, she has been a postdoctoral fellow at Bucerius Law School.


The habilitation thesis submitted by Dr. Croon-Gestefeld is entitled "Common Interests in Private Law. A Reflection on the Leading Narrative of Private Law “. The thesis explores the ways in which interests that cannot be assigned to specific persons are taken into account in private law. It further analyses why the assumption persists that the influence of these interests is foreign to the nature of private law.

Dr. Croon-Gestefeld: "I am happy to have received my teaching license at the place where I began my studies many years ago. My heartfelt thanks go out to Professor Dr. Anne Röthel and Professor Dr. Christian Bumke, who have supported me on my academic path with continued advice and inspiration."

Prof. Dr. Anne Röthel congratulates: "Bucerius Law School has every reason to be proud: with Dr. Croon-Gestefeld, not only an internationally educated and diversely networked alumna from the founding years of our law school, but above all a smart, serious and at the same time innovative scholar has been habilitated. May her thoughtfulness, her thirst for knowledge, her collegiality and, last but not least, her commitment to Bucerius Law School be an incentive and role model to many!"

Seventeen habilitations have been supervised since Bucerius Law School was founded in 2000. For more information about habilitation opportunities, please visit Bucerius Law School website or contact Ms. Astrid Powl.


Arne Lemke, translation by David Patrician