Prof. Dr. iur. et lic.rer. Anne van Aaken

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Universität Hamburg
Direktorin des Instituts für Recht und Ökonomik
Johnsallee 35
20148 Hamburg

Research Focus: 
  • Public International Law, focusing on International Economic Law, Theories of International Law, Regime Interactions, (Shared) Responsibilities in International Law
  • (Behavioral) Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Deliberative Theories
  • Corruption, Development, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Theories of Regulation and Supervision, Regulatory Impact Assessment, Administrative Law, Risk Regulation
  • State Liability and Responsibility in Cooperative States


Academic Career: 
  • 2018: Alexander von Humboldt Professor, Chair for Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Public International Law and European Law within the Faculty of Law at the Universität Hamburg, Director of the Institute of Law and Economics
  • 2012: Full professor for law and economics, legal theory, international and European law at the University of St. Gallen
  • 2012: Habilitation, Osnabrück University
  • 2010/11 (academic year): fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (WIKO), Berlin
  • October 2006–2012: Max Schmidheiny Foundation: Tenure-track professor for law and economics, legal theory, international and European law at the University of St. Gallen
  • July 2005–September 2006: senior researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn
  • April 2003–June 2005: senior researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Public Law, Heidelberg
  • 2000–2003: assistant at the chair for German, European, and international civil and corporate law, institutional economics at Humboldt-Universität Berlin (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Kirchner)
  • 2002: second Staatsexamen (state examination), Berlin, Germany (2003: admitted to the bar)
  • November 2000–November 2002: legal traineeship at the Court of Appeals (Kammergericht), Berlin
  • 2001: doctorate at the European University Viadrina, supervised by Prof. Gerard Rowe (Rational Choice Theory in Law: On the Significance of Economic Theory in Law)
  • 1998–2000: assistant within the professorship for economic policy at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (Prof. Dr. Henner Kleinewefers)
  • 1997–1998: visiting scholar at UC Berkeley Law School and Yale Law School, financed by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation
  • 1997: first Staatsexamen (state examination), Bavaria, Germany
  • 1992–1997: first law degree at Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität (LMU), Munich
  • 1987–1992: Master degrees in economics and communication sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland