Dr. Dr. Armin Steinbach

External Contact Information
Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy
Division "Fundamental Issues of Economic Policy"
Scharnhorststr. 34-37
D-10115 Berlin

Research Focus: 

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

Academic and Professional Career

  • Since 2017: Head of Division (Ministerialrat), Fundamental Issues of Economic Policy, German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Since 2016: Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute, Florence
  • Since 2014: Gwilym Gibbon Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University
  • 2014-2017: Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods,  Bonn
  • 2012-2013: Economic policy adviser to Frank-Walter Steinmeier, current German Federal President
  • 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


  • 2017: Habilitation, University of Bonn
  • 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 Euro Debt Crisis: Testing and Revisiting Conventional Legal Doctrine, 51 International Review of Law and Economics 29-37 (2017) (with Paul De Grauwe and Yuemei Ji)

EU Liability and International Economic Law, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2017.

Rationale Gesetzgebung, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017.

Effect-based Analysis in the Jurisprudence on the Euro Crisis, 42 European Law Review, pp. 255-270, 2017.

Verwaltungsrechtsprechung, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017, (ed.).

Promoting Coherence Between PTAs and the WTO Through Systemic Integration, Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 20, 2017, pp. 61-85, (with Pamela Apaza).

All publications


2016 Winter (University of Mannheim))

  • Lecture: Administrative Law

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