Prof. Dr. Stefan Magen

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Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Juristische Fakultät, Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, Rechtsphilosophie und Rechtsökonomik
Universitätsstraße 150
44780 Bochum

Research Focus: 

Behavioral law and economics, the interplay between legal institutions and cognition, empirical theories of justice, constitutional law, state and church law, administrative law

Academic Career: 
  • 1988–1990: studied philosophy, sociology, and musicology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
  • 1990–1994: studied law, philosophy, and sociology at the Ruhr-Universität, Bochum
  • 1995: first law degree (appeals court Düsseldorf)
  • 1996: M. A. in philosophy (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • 1995-1997: trainee clerk at the appeals court Düsseldorf
  • 1997: second law degree
  • 1992–1998: undergraduate and graduate research assistant to the chair for the sociology and philosophy of law at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Prof. Klaus F. Röhl)
  • 1998–2001: law clerk for judge Prof. Winfried Hassemer at the federal constitutional court
  • since September 2001: senior research fellow at the project group
  • since June 2002 member of the editorial board of the German Law Journal
  • 2003: Doctor of Law at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. Doctoral thesis on "Körperschaftsstatus und Religionsfreiheit" (the quasi-public status for religious communities and the freedom of religion) under the supervision of Prof. Michael Stolleis
  • doctoral thesis was awarded the "Walter-Kolb-Gedächtnispreis des Jahres 2003 der Stadt Frankfurt am Main"
  • spring 2005: visiting scholar at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley
    (Prof. Robert D. Cooter)
  • WS 2009/2010 Habilitation with venia legendi "Öffentliches Recht mit Staatskirchenrecht, Rechtsphilosophie und Rechtsökonomik", title of habilitation thesis: "Gerechtigkeit als Proprium des Rechts"
  • SS 2010 Filling in of a vacant chair at University of Bonn (Prof. Dr. Christian Waldhoff)
  • WS 2010 Professor at Ruhr-University Bochum, chair in public law, legal philosophy, and law and economics