Creating knowledge. Facilitating exchange.

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.

A place for academic exchange

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.

Academic freedom

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.

Boundless research with societal relevance

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.

Our faculty – a diverse and loyal research community

Chairs

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Katharina Boele-Woelki

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Katharina Boele-Woelki

Claussen Simon Foundation Professor of Comparative Law

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Karsten Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Karsten Schmidt

Chair of Business & Corporate Law

Prof. Dr. Anne Röthel

Prof. Dr. Anne Röthel

Chair of Civil Law I - Civil Law, European and International Civil Law

Prof. Dr. Thilo Kuntz

Prof. Dr. Thilo Kuntz

Chair of Civil Law II – Civil Law, German and International Business & Corporate Law

Prof. Dr. Matthias Jacobs

Prof. Dr. Matthias Jacobs

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

Prof. Dr. Florian Faust

Prof. Dr. Florian Faust

Chair of Civil Law IV - Civil Law, Commercial Law and Comparative Law

Prof. Dr. Karsten Thorn

Prof. Dr. Karsten Thorn

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

Prof. Dr. Jörn Axel Kämmerer

Prof. Dr. Jörn Axel Kämmerer

Chair of Public Law I – Public Law, Public International and European Law

Prof. Dr. Mehrdad Payandeh, LL.M.

Prof. Dr. Mehrdad Payandeh, LL.M.

Chair of Public Law II – International Law, European Law and Public Law

Prof. Dr. Michael Fehling

Prof. Dr. Michael Fehling

Chair of Public Law III – Public Law and Comparative Law

Prof. Dr. Hermann Pünder

Prof. Dr. Hermann Pünder

Chair of Public Law IV – Public Law, Science of Public Administration and Comparative Law

Prof. Dr. Doris König

Prof. Dr. Doris König

Claussen Simon Chair for International Law

Prof. em. Dr. Meinhard Hilf

Prof. em. Dr. Meinhard Hilf

Emeritus Professor

Prof. Dr. Thomas Rönnau

Prof. Dr. Thomas Rönnau

Chair of Criminal Law I – Criminal Law, Criminal Business Law and Law of Criminal Procedure

Prof. Dr. Karsten Gaede

Prof. Dr. Karsten Gaede

Chair of Criminal Law II – German, European and International Criminal Law and Law of Criminal Procedure

Prof. Dr. Birgit Weitemeyer

Prof. Dr. Birgit Weitemeyer

Chair of Tax Law

Prof. Dr. Christian Bumke

Prof. Dr. Christian Bumke

Commerzbank Foundation Chair Fundamentals of Law

Prof. Clifford Larsen

Prof. Clifford Larsen

Dean of the Master of Law & Business

Research institutes and centers

Institute for Corporate and Capital Markets Law

Institute for Foundation Law

Institute for Medical Law

Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy

Center for Family Business Law

Center for International Dispute Resolution

Doctoral & Post-Doctoral Studies

Foreign-trained lawyers may apply for doctoral and post-doctoral studies at Bucerius Law School. Find out which criteria need to be met and how to proceed with your application.

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Academic initiatives

Interdisciplinary Legal Research Program

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.

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Energy Law 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.

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Applied research about the future of the legal market


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.

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