Our Research Fellows are associated members of and work in close cooperation with the institute. They are actively involved in the academic activities of the institute. Research Fellows are appointed by the directorate for the duration of three years.


Dr phil.

Research Director

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  • Studies of Political Science, Law and Philosophy at the University of Hamburg;
  • PhD on the European Court of Justice and the question of rationality and integration in the legal context („summa cum laude“)
Professional Career:
  • since September 2018: Research Director at the Institute for European Integration, Europa-Kolleg Hamburg
  • April 2017: Visiting Fellow, European Union Centre in Taiwan (EUTW), Taipei
  • Februar-March 2017: Visiting Scholar, Fudan Development Institute (FDDI), Shanghai
  • Februar-March 2016: Postdoctoral Guest Researcher und Leibniz Scholar, Max-Planck-Institut for comparative public law and international law, Heidelberg
  • since 2014: research assistant at the Department for Political Science, University of Hamburg
  • since 2013: Research Fellow at the Institute for European Integration, Europa-Kolleg Hamburg
  • 2012 – 2013: Postdoctoral Guest Researcher at the ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
  • 2011/12: Visiting Fellow, Sciences Po, Paris, Centre d’études européennes (CEE)
  • 2010: Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES)
  • 2010: Visiting Student, University of Cambridge, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)
  • 2006 – 2013: Co-Founder, Managing Director and Scientific Consultant of the Society for Policy Research and Consulting (gpb)
Field of Research:
  • Politics and Institutions of the European Union (EU)
  • Regional Integration and Interregionalism
  • International Institutions and Organisations
  • International Political Theory
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
  • Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)
  • Integration by Law in Context
  • European Court of Justice
  • Wittgenstein studies
  • Vietnam studies
Lectures at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg:
  • The EU as a Political Community
  • The EU in the Process of Globalization and Global Competition
  • External Relations of the EU



Jun.-Prof. Dr. iur., LL.M. (London)

Research Fellow

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  • 2015: habilitation procedure, University of Hamburg
  • 2006: Dr. iur., University of Hamburg (Otto-Han-Medal, Kurt-Hartwig-Siemers-Award, DAI-Award)
  • 2006: second state law examination, Hans. OLG Hamburg
  • 2000: LL.M. International Business Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • 1999: first state law examination, OLG Köln
Professional Career:
  • since 2016: professor at the Humboldt University Berlin
  • since 2014: professor at the chair of Empirical Legal Studies, School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • 2013-2014: DFG-Fellow, habilitation project
  • 2010-2018: co-applicant and participating professor, DFG graduate college on the economics of the internationalization of law, University of Hamburg
  • 2009-2012: director, Erasmus Mundus European Doctorate in Law and Economics, University of Hamburg
  • 2007-2013: Jun.-Prof. for civil law and economic analysis of law, Institute for Law and Economics, University of Hamburg
  • 2001-2007: Assistant with focus on English Law (until 2006) and consultant for U.S.-American Law (2007), Max Planck Institute for comparative and international Private Law, Hamburg
Field of Research:
  • German and European commercial and business law, corporate and capital market law, particularly corporate governance
  • economic analysis of law
  • comparative law



Dr. rer. pol.

Research Fellow

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  • 1997: PhD in Economics (summa cum laude) at Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg
  • 1993: Master in International Economics at University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
  • 1992: Master in International Politics at University of Bristol, UK
Professional Career:
  • since 2011: European Central Bank (ECB): Deputy Head of the Macro-Financial Linkages Division, Head of the ECB financial sector teams for Cyprus, Slovenia and Spain
  • 2004-2008 and 2010-2011: European Central Bank (ECB): Head of the Convergence and Structural Analysis Section
  • 2008-2010: Austrian National Bank, Advisor in Foreign Research Division
  • 1999-2003: European Central Bank (ECB): Economist / Principal Economist in EU Countries Division
  • 1998-1999: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs: Economist in the Department for European industrial policy
  • 1997-1998: Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Field of research:
  • European monetary policy
  • EU enlargement policy

Olaf Muthorst

Dr. iur.

Research Fellow

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  • 2009: doctorate in law (dr. iur.) at the faculty of law, University of Hamburg
  • 2009: second state legal examination
  • 2007-2009: legal clerkship at Hanseatische Oberlandesgericht in Hamburg and Speyer
  • 2004: first state legal examination at Hanseatischen Oberlandesgericht
  • 2000-2004: law studies at the faculty of law, University of Hamburg
Professional Career:
  • 2017 Professor of civil law, procedural and insolvency law at the Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2009-2017: junior professor of civil law with civil procedure law at the University of Hamburg and habilitant of Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bork
  • 2001-2007: student assisant and research assistant (since 2005) for Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bork
Field of Research:
  • civil law
  • civil procedure law
  • bankruptcy law
  • legal theory, especially methodology of law


Dr iur.

Research Fellow

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  • PhD in Law, University of Hamburg
  • Studies of Law at the Universities of Hamburg and Lausanne
Professional Career:
  • since 2011: Fellow at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg
  • 2011-2012: Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
  • 1978-2010: Employee at the General Secretariat of the European Parliament, lastly Director General for the European Union`s external policies
  • 1976-1978: Assistant Professor at the European University Institute in Florence
Field of Research:
  • European Integration
  • Development Policy
Lectures at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg: Constitutional Politics of the EU


Carsten Nowak

Prof. Dr. iur.

Research Fellow

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  • 2008: Habilitation (venia legendi) Public Law, European Law and International Law; University of Hamburg
  • 1997: Doctorate in Law (Dr. iur.) at the University of Hamburg
  • 1996-1998: legal clerkship
  • 1987-1993: Studies of Law at the University of Hamburg
Professional Career:
  • since 2010: Director of the Frankfurt Institute for the Law of the European Union (fireu)
  • since 2009: University professor at the faculty of law, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) – Chair for Public Law, especially European Law
  • 4/2009: University professor at the University of Siegen
  • 2005-2008: Interim Professor at the University of Hamburg, at the University of Rostock and at the Technical University Dresden
  • 1999-2004: Research Asisstant at the faculty of law, University of Hamburg and coordinator of the post-graduate programme Master of European Studies at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg
  • 1993-1996: Research Assistant at the Institute for Integration Research at the University of Hamburg and at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg
Field of Research:
  • European Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law

Kerstin von der Decken

Prof. Dr. iur.

Research Fellow

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  • 2004: Habilitation at the University of Trier and venia legendi for public law, international law and European law
  • 1998: second state law examination in Brandenburg
  • 1997: PhD in Law at the University of Trier
  • 1994: first state law examination in Rheinland-Pfalz
  • 1991: Certificat d’Études Politiques (CEP) des Institut d’Etudes Politiques Aix-en-Provence
  • 1988-1993:  law  and political science studies in Bonn, Aix-en-Provence and Trier
 Professional Career:
  • Since 2016: Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel
  • Since 2011: Professor for public law with a focus on international law, European law und constitutional law as well as director of the Walther-Schücking-Institute for International Law at the University of Kiel
  • 2004-2011: Professor for international and European law, foreign public law and comparatice public law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 2001-2004: DFG-project management for young academics at the University of Trier
  • 2000-2001: research assistant at the University of Trier
  • 1998-2000: development and coordination of the interdisciplinary postgraduate-programme „European Studies“ in Berlin
  • 1996-1998: trainee lawyer in Cottbus
  • 1994-1996: research assistant at the University of Trier
 Field of Research:
  • international law (especially legal basis, international environment, culture and security law, human rights law and peaceful dispute settlement)
  • European law (especially European external relations and security)
  • constitutional law


Prof. Dr iur.

Research Fellow

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  • Ph.D. in Law (s.c.l.) with the thesis „Die ungeschriebenen Tatbestandsmerkmale des europäischen Wettbewerbsrechts“ (‘The implied conditions of European competition law’)
  • 2005 second state exam in Law in Düsseldorf
  • 2000 first state exam in Law at the Higher Regional Court Ham
  • 1995-2000 studies of law, economics and philosophy at the University of Bielefeld
 Professional Career
  • Vice-President of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg since 2016
  • Judge at the Administrative Court Lüneburg (Honorary)
  • Director of the Competition & Regulation Institute at Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 2012 appointment as University Professor (W 3) at Leuphana University Lüneburg, chair for Public Law, European and International Law, Regulation and Competition Law
  • Since 2011 Fellow at the College of Europe, Hamburg
 Field of Research:
  • public law (especially constitutional and administrative law, economic administrative law, antitrust and regulation law, natural resources law)
  • European law (especially cartel and regulation law, common trade policies, customs law, European administrative law and the EU’s foreign relations)
  • international law (especially WTO law and international competition & cartel law, investment protection law, state immunity and international administrative law)


Dietrich Westphal

Dr. iur., M.Jur. (Oxford)

Research Fellow

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  • law studies in Bayreuth, Geneva and Munich, state legal examination in Bavaria
  • Master at Oxford University (Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law – MJur)
  • doctorate at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. Di Fabio, RiBVerfG a. D. and Prof. Dr. Peter M. Huber, RiBVerfG and former Minister
Professional Career:
  • Senior Research Fellow at Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Prof. Dr. Armin von Bogdandy)
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior with the Commissioner for Data Protection and in the departments of sports and of migration, integration and late-resettlers
  • Currently senior government official at the Federal Ministry of the Interior in the public service department


Prof. Dr. rer. pol.

Research Fellow

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  • 2006: Habilitation at the Department for Economics, University of Hamburg
  • 2001: Promotion Dr. rer. pol., University of Hamburg
  • 1996: Diploma in Economics, University of Hamburg
Professional Career:
  • since Juli 2013: Professorship for International Political Economy at University of Witten/Herdecke
  • 2012 – 2013: Deputy Professorship for International Political Economy at University of Witten/Herdecke
  • 2011 – 2012: Deputy Professorship for Political Economy at University of Witten/Herdecke
  • 2010 – 2011: Deputy Professorship for Economics at University of Hamburg
  • 2007 – 2011: Scientific head of the branch office of HWWI in Thüringen, Erfurt
  • 2004–2007: Research assistant at HWWA/HWWI, department European Integration
  • since Oktober 2002: lecturer at the Department for Economics, University of Hamburg
  • 1999 – 2004: Research assistant at the Institute for Economic Systems and History of Economic Theory at the University of Hamburg
  • 1997 – 1999: Research stay in St. Petersburg, Russia
Field of Research:
  • International Political Economy
  • Institutional Economics
  • Economic Area Studies with focus on Central and Eastern Europe
  • History of Economic Thought