Dr. Dr. Armin Steinbach

Dr. Dr. Armin Steinbach

Research Affiliate

Research Focus

Law & Economics; International, European and Constitutional Law; Economic Policy

Academic and Professional Career

  • Since 2017: Head of Division (Ministerialrat), General Economic Policy, German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin
  • 2016-2018: 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 Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin
  • 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

  • Compliance effects of sovereign debt cuts, International Review of Law and Economics, vol. 60, no. 105854 (2019) (with Eckhard Janeba)
  • CO2-orientierte Bepreisung der Energieträger, DICE Ordnungspolitische Perspektiven, no. 100 (with Matthias Valta)   
  • Ökonomische Analyse des Europa- und Völkerrechts, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (2019) (with Anne van Aaken)
  • Fiscal Rules and Structural Reforms, International Review of Law and Economics, vol. 58 (2019), 34-42 (with Rana Sajedi)
  • EU economic governance after the crisis: revisiting the accountability shift in EU economic governance, Journal of European Public Policy (2018)
  • Economic Sanctions and Human Rights: Quantifying the Legal Proportionality Principle, University of Trier Research Papers in Economics, no. 02-2018 (with Jerg Gutmann, Florian Neumeier and Matthias Neuenkirch)
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