Dr. Dr. Armin Steinbach

Senior Research Fellow
Contact Information
+49 228 91416-51

Research Focus: 

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

Academic and Professional Career

  • Since 2014: Gwilym Gibbon Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University
  • Since 2014: Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods,  Bonn
  • 2012-2013: Economic policy adviser to Frank-Walter Steinmeier, current German Minister of Foreign Affairs, in the German parliament, Berlin
  • 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


  • 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 Trend toward Non-consensualism in Public International Law: A (Behavioral) Law and Economics Perspective, European Journal of International Law, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2016, 643-668

The 'Haircut' of Public Creditors under EU Law, European Constitutional Law Review, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2016, 223-239.

Structural Reforms in EU Member States: Exploring Sanction-based and Reward-based mechanisms, European Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2016, 173-211.

The Lender of Last Resort in the Euro Area, Common Market Law Review, Vol 53, No. 2, 2016, 361-383.

Non-Legal Insight for Optimal Norm Design, Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, No. 3, 2016, No. 3, 2016, 380-405.

All publications


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