Dr. Dr. Armin Steinbach

Senior Research Fellow
Contact Information
++49 (0) 228 91416-51
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Research Focus: 

Law & Social Sciences; International, European and Constitutional Law; Economic Policy; Institutional Economics; Energy Policy

Academic and Professional Career

  • Since 2014: Gwilym Gibbon Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University
  • Since 2014: Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods,  Bonn
  • 2012-2013: Economic policy adviser to Frank-Walter Steinmeier, current German Minister of Foreign Affairs, in the German parliament, Berlin
  • 2012-2013: Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge (MA)
  • Since 2009: Official of the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, Berlin (currently on leave)
  • 2008-2009: Attorney-at-law, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels
  • 2008: Dispute Settlement Lawyer, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva
  • 2001-2002: Research Assistant, Chair for Public and Environmental Law (Prof. Dr. Michael Kloepfer), Humboldt-University Berlin
  • 1999-2000: Research Assistant, Walter-Eucken-Institute, Freiburg


  • 2013: Ph.D. in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.), University Erfurt
  • 2008: Second Legal State Board Examination, admission to the bar
  • 2007: Ph.D. in Law (Dr. iur.), Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, scholar German National Academic Foundation
  • 2004: M.Sc. in Economics (Diplom-Volkswirt), Humboldt-University Berlin
  • 2004: LL.M. in Comparative and International Law, Free University Brussels, scholar German Academic Exchange Service
  • 2003: First Legal State Board Examination

Recent Publications

The Trend toward Non-consensualism in Public International Law: A (Behavioral) Law and Economics Perspective, European Journal of International Law, forthcoming.

The Involvement of Public Creditors in Sovereign Debt Relief under EU Law, European Constitutional Law Review, forthcoming.

Structural Reforms in EU Member States: Exploring Sanction-based and Reward-based mechanisms, European Journal of Legal Studies, forthcoming.

The Lender of Last Resort in the Euro Area, Common Market Law Review, Vol 53, No. 2, 2016, 361-383.

Non-Legal Insight for Optimal Norm Design, Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, No. 3, 2016, forthcoming.

Investor-Staat- Schiedsverfahren und Verfassungsrecht, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Vol. 80, No. 1, 2016, 1-38. .

All publications


2015 Winter (University St. Gallen)

  • Lectures: International Law and European Law

2015 Winter (University St. Gallen)

  • Lectures: Economic Analysis of Law

2014|15 Michaelmaes / Hillary Term (Oxford University)

  • Lecture: EU Competition Law

2014|15  Michaelmaes / Hillary Term (Oxford University)

  • Tutorial to EU Competition Law

2013|14 Winter (Humboldt-University Berlin)

  • Tutorial to "Staatsorganisationsrecht"(German Constitutional Law)

2013|14 Winter (Humboldt-University Berlin)

  • Tutorial to "Europa- und Völkerrecht" (European and International Law)

2010 Spring (Free University Brussels)

  • Lecture: Dispute Settlement in International Law
  • Lecture: External Relations of the European Union