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Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken

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Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken is Professor of Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Public International Law and European Law and is part of the profile area “Business Enterprise – Law, Innovation, Risk" and "Global Democratic Governance". 

Academic career

  • 2014: Visiting Professor Columbia Law School
  • 2012: Full Professor for Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Public International Law and European Law, University of St.Gallen
  • 2012: Habilitation, University of Osnabrück
  • For the academic year 2010-2011 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin)
  • Since October 2006: Max Schmidheiny Foundation Tenure-Track-Professor for Law and Economics, Public, International and European Law at the University of St.Gallen
  • July 2005 to Sept. 2006: Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Research on Collective Goods, Bonn
  • 2003-2005: Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
  • 2000-2003: Graduate Research Assistant to the Chair of German, European and International Civil- and Business Law and New Institutional Economics, Humboldt-University Berlin, Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Kirchner
  • 2002: 2. Juristisches Staatsexamen („Bar Exam“), Admitted to the Bar 2003
  • 2000-2002: Trainee Clerk at the Appeals Court in Berlin (Kammergericht)
  • 2001: Doctoral Thesis “Rational-Choice in der Rechtswissenschaft. Zum Stellenwert der ökonomischen Theorie im Recht”, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Supervision: Prof. Gerard Rowe
  • 1998-2000: Graduate Research Assistant to the Chair of Economic Policy, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Prof. Dr. Henner Kleinewefers
  • 1997-1998: Visiting Scholar at the Law Schools of UC Berkeley and Yale University, financed by a doctoral scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation)
  • 1997: First Law Degree
  • 1992-1997: studied law in Munich, Ludwig-Maximilian-University
  • 1992: M.A. in Economics, Diploma in Communication Science
  • 1987-1992: studied economics and communication science at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Main Research Focus

  • Public International Law, especially international economic law, investment law and human rights, Theories of International Law;
  • (Behavioral) Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Deliberative Theories;
  • Regulation of Financial Markets, Theories of Regulation, (International) Administrative Law;
  • Corruption;
  • Regulatory Impact Assessment; and
  • State liability and accountability.

Grants and Fellowships

Guest Professorship

  • Columbia Law School (October-November 2014)
  • Academy of International Trade Law, Macao (July 2009 and July 2012)
  • Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (Nov. 09)
  • University of Hamburg (SS 2008; EMLE)
  • INSPER, Sao Paulo (Sept. 2007, Aug. 2008)
  • University of Osnabrück (SS 2007/08/09)
  • University of Haifa, Israel (WS 2005/06)
  • Heidelberg Center of Latin America, Santiago de Chile (2004/2005)
  • Ministry of Justice, Ethiopia, LLM course organized by the University of Amsterdam (2005)

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Further information

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University St.Gallen
Chair van Aaken
Guisanstrasse 36
CH-9010 St.Gallen
Phone: +41 (0)71 224 33 70
Fax: +41 (0)71 224 32 21

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