Professor Dr.

Karsten Thorn

LL.M. (Georgetown)

Chair of Civil Law V - Civil Law, Private International and International Commercial Law, and Comparative Law

Jungiusstr. 6, 20355 Hamburg, Germany

Tel.: +49 40 3 07 06 – 176 (Secretariat) or – 177
Fax: +49 40 3 07 06 – 144
E-Mail: karsten.thorn(at)

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Research focus

  • Law of Obligations and Property Law
  • International Civil Action Suits
  • International Trade Arbitration
  • Copyright Law


List of publications (German only)


Karsten Thorn, born in 1963 in Trier, studied law at the university of Trier and completed the First Legal State Exam in 1988. Afterwards, he completed his LL.M. degree at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. During that time he wrote his master thesis on “Multinational Banking and National Jurisdiction.”

From 1989 up to his appointment at Bucerius Law School, he worked with Prof. Dr. Bernd von Hoffmann at the University of Trier at the Chair for Civil Law, International Private Law, and Comparative Law, first as a teaching and research assistant until 1997, and finally as a research associate and lecturer of law.

From 1990 until 1993, he completed his legal traineeship at the law firm Hengeler Mueller, Weitzel, Wirtz (Frankfurt) in the elective subject group of European and International Law, with a specialization in Bank and Business Law, as well as at the law firm Frere Cholmeley in Paris, with an emphasis on international commercial arbitration, afterwards completing his Second Legal State Exam in 1993. In 1996, Karsten Thorn received his doctorate in law at the University of Trier with the topic “Bona Fide Acquisition of Movable Property” and was appointed as an examiner in 1998 for the elective group “International Private Law and Comparative Law” in the First Legal State Exam.

From 2000 to 2003, Karsten Thorn was a guest lecturer first at the Faculté de Droit, d’Economie et de Gestion of the Université d’ Orléans, then at the Faculté Droit, Economie et Administration of the Université de Metz. In February of 2004, he completed his postdoctoral thesis on the “Coordination of Private Legal Systems Through the Application of Foreign Conflicts’ Law,” as well as with an audition lecture on “Bearing of Risk after the Cancellation of Contract” at the University of Trier.

In September 2004, Prof. Thorn accepted to hold a Chair of Civil Law, Private International and International Commercial Law, and Comparative Law at Bucerius Law School.