Professor Dr.

Matthias Jacobs


Chair of Civil Law III – Civil Law, Labour Law and Law of Civil Procedure

Jungiusstr. 6, 20355 Hamburg, Germany

Tel.: +49 40 3 07 06 – 220 (Secretariat) or – 221
Fax: +49 40 3 07 06 – 225
E-Mail: matthias.jacobs(at)

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Research focus

  • Collective Labour Law
  • Law of Obligations
  • Labour and Civil Procedural Law

Publications and Lectures

Publications (German only)

Lectures (German only)


Born in Wiesbaden in 1965, Prof. Jacobs studied law at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz. He completed the First Legal State Exam in 1992 and the Second Legal State Exam in 1996. From 1993 to 1999, he worked as a teaching and research assistant and from 1999 to 2004 as a research associate and lecturer in law in the chair for Civil Law, Labour Law, Trade Law, and Law of Civil Procedure (under Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Horst Konzen).

Between 1997 and 2003, Matthias Jacobs served as provost of the “School of German Law” at Jagellonen University in Cracow, and between 2002 and 2003, he served as assistant provost of the European Graduate School under the topic of “System of Transformation and Legal Adaptation in a Unifying Europe” (both were cooperative projects of the Law Faculty of Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, the Jagellonen-University of Cracow and the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz).

In 1998, Prof. Jacobs earned his doctorate with a dissertation on “The Collision of Collective Labour Agreements” (Tarifeinheit und Tarifkonkurrenz”). In 2004, he was promoted to professor through a study of “The Object of Declaratory Procedure” (“Der Gegenstand des Feststellungsverfahrens”). After an interim professorship at the University of Mannheim in the summer semester of 2004, followed by an interim professorship at the University of Bielefeld in the winter semester of 2004/2005, he was appointed to a position at Bucerius Law School on April 1, 2005.

Prof. Jacobs’ current research emphases include labour law, especially in collective labour law, as well as the law of obligations.