Dr. Jens Frankenreiter, LL.M. (Harvard)

Senior Research Fellow
Contact Information
+49 228 91416-172

Research Focus: 

Empirical Legal Studies, Judge Behavior, Venture Capital, Antitrust, Regulation, IP

Academic Career: 
  • Since 2017: Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods (Prof. Dr. Christoph Engel)
  • Since 2017: Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter), Faculty of Law, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • 2016–2017: Research Affiliate, Center for Law & Economics, ETH Zurich
  • 2016–2017: Attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwalt), RAUE LLP, Berlin
  • 2016: Ph.D. (Doctor of Sciences), ETH Zurich. Doctoral thesis: “Judges, Politics, and the Law. Empirical Studies on Judge Behavior, with a Focus on the European Court of Justice.” Committee: Stefan Bechtold, Daniel Rubinfeld, Heike Schweitzer
  • 2012–2015: Research Fellow, Center for Law & Economics, ETH Zurich (Prof. Dr. Stefan Bechtold)
  • 2014–2015: Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 2012: Second State Exam in Law (German Bar Exam), ranked top 2 % of class
  • 2010–2012: Legal Clerkship, including positions at the German Federal Foreign Office and at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels and Washington, D.C.
  • 2010: First State Exam in Law (J.D. equivalent), ranked top 1 % of class
  • 2004–2010: Law student, Bonn University and LMU Munich

Scholarships and Honors (selection):

  • 2017: ETH Medal for outstanding doctoral theses
  • 2014–2015: ERP-Scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology
  • 2014–2015: LL.M. Scholarship by the German National Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • 2014–2015: Harvard Law School Landon H. Gammon Fellowship for top LL.M. Candidates
  • 2014: NYU Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholarship (rejected)
  • 2005–2009: Scholarship by the Konrad-Adenauer foundation

Invited Presentations:

  • 2017: European Association of Law and Economics (EALE), London; KU Leuven
  • 2016: Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe (CELSE), Amsterdam; Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS), Duke
  • 2015: Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), Chicago; American Law and Economics Association (ALEA), Columbia; European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP), Glasgow; European Association of Law and Economics (EALE), Vienna
  • 2014: MPI Bonn; Chicago-Kent Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property; Midwestern Association for Law and Economics (MLEA), Indianapolis; Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS), Berkeley; Harvard Empirical Legal Studies group (HELS)
  • 2013: European Association of Law and Economics (EALE), Warsaw

Working Papers:

  • Judicial Compliance in District Courts, with Daniel Chen and Susan Yeh
  • Writing Style and Legal Traditions. A quantitative investigation of the stylistic features of the case law of the European Court of Justice
  • Informal Judicial Hierarchies: Case Assignment and Chamber Composition at the European Court of Justice