Bucerius Law School is an inherently academic institution, and we practice the unity of research and teaching. In our opinion, excellent teaching and excellent research go hand in hand and are mutually dependent. We are furthermore committed to promoting research by developing sustainable collaborations that facilitate exchange among its academic faculty and doctoral candidates.
The legal research conducted at Bucerius Law School is shaped by a group of accomplished and exceptional personalities. 21 full professors, of which 16 hold a chair, and around 80 research assistants make up the research community at Bucerius Law School. They are joined by eight affiliate professors and seven honorary professors.
Bucerius Law School sees itself as a place of academic encounters and dialogue and as a platform which facilitates contructively-critical exchange within and across legal research and legal practice.
Researchers at Bucerius Law School enjoy the highest possible degree of academic freedom. They choose their topics of research in complete independence from political trends or third-party sponsorship. The research profile of Bucerius Law School is the result of the various research focuses of our professors as well as our six academic institutes and centers.
Research at Bucerius Law School knows no boundaries: we examine legal issues from different legal view points (intradisciplinary approach) and don't why away from adopting other disciplines' perspectives on the matter (interdisciplinary approach). We are furthermore convinced that a glance across legal systems is also extremely beneficial to almost any research topic, which is why many subjects are examined with an international-comparative approach.
What all our research projects have in common is that they exhibit a high degree of societal relevance. Bucerius Law School, therefore, facilitates new initiatives of its academic staff, to explore upcoming legal issues, for example in the field of energy law or legal technology.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Jacobs
"I appreciate the close and friendly working relationship with my excellent research assistants, which has already often resulted in common research projects, and the many-facetted opportunities to incorporate new impulses from practice into my research."
Prof. Dr. Hermann Pünder
"The law school is incredibly well-organized. Contrary to many other institutions, many tasks are being performed by real professionals. That creates a special kind of room for research activities."
Prof. Dr. Jens Prütting
"It's only here that one meets exceptional student candidates - straight out of high school - with whom you can discuss procedural justice during intake interviews and in fact come across a central theme for one's own academic research."
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Research institutes and centers
Bucerius Law School established its Interdisciplinary Legal Research Program (ILRP) in recognition that legal research is increasingly using methods, concepts and findings of neighboring disciplines to better understand how law influences choices, behavior and policy.
In light of the "German Energy Transition" from fossil fuels to renewable resources, the increasing Europeanization of the energy industry and the globally tangible developments in the US energy sector, Bucerius Law School is strengthening its expertise in the energy industry with an Initiative on Energy Law and Policy.
Knowledge of the legal industry and of management and leadership strategies of law firms and legal departments is still incomplete in German-speaking countries. To fill this knowledge gap, the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (Bucerius CLP) develops multidisciplinary expertise and transmits management and leadership skills for lawyers.
The Center produces analyses on issues concerning the management and leadership of commercial law firms and legal departments and conducts research on the development of the legal industry and its regulatory environment. The results and lessons learned are scientifically founded, ready for immediate implementation in practice, and feed into the continuing education and consulting projects of Bucerius Executive Education.