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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

  • 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 - September 2006: Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn
  • April 2003 - June 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 (Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Kirchner), Humboldt-University Berlin
  • 2002: 2. Juristisches Staatsexamen („Bar Exam“), Admitted to the Bar 2003
  • November 2000 - November 2002: Trainee Clerk at the Appeals Court in Berlin (Kammergericht)
  • 2001: Doctoral Thesis at the Europa-Universität Viadrina, Supervision by Prof. Gerard Rowe (Rational Choice in der Rechtswissenschaft: Zum Stellenwert der ökonomischen Theorie im Recht)
  • 1998 - 2000: Graduate Research Assistant to the Chair of Economic Policy (Prof. Dr. Henner Kleinewefers), University of Fribourg (CH)
  • 1997 - 1998: Visiting Scholar at the Law Schools of UC Berkeley and Yale University, financed by the German National Merit Foundation
  • 1997: First Law Degree
  • 1992 - 1997: Law Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich; 1. juristisches Staatsexamen 1997
  • 1987 - 1992: Studies in Economics and Communication Science, University of Fribourg (CH)

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
  • State Liability and Accountability

Grants and Fellowships

Guest Professorships

  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Law School (April 2015)
  • Columbia Law School (October - November 2014)
  • Academy of International Trade Law, Macao (July 2009 and July 2012)
  • Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (November 2009)
  • University of Hamburg (Summer Semester 2008; EMLE)
  • INSPER, Sao Paulo (September 2007, August 2008)
  • University of Osnabrück (Summer Semester 2007/08/09)
  • University of Haifa, Israel (Winter Semester 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)

Memberships and Functions in Academic Associations

  • European Society of International Law (ESIL), Vice president since 2014, Member of the Board since 2012
  • International Society of Public Law (ICON-S), Member of the Executive Board
  • European Journal of International Law (EJIL), Member in the Scientific Advisory Board
  • European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review (EPPPL), Co-editor of the Journal
  • International Theory (IT), Member of the Editorial Board
  • International Law Association (ILA), Swiss Section, Member of the Committee on Foreign Investment Law (ended), Member of the Non-State Actors Committee, Member of the ILA Study Group on Sanctions
  • European Association of Law and Economics (EALE),  Vice president from 2008-2013
  • Programmatic Steering Board of the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (HiiL), Chair of the Programmatic Steering Board (2012-2015)
  • Research Center for Information Law (FIR), Member of the Board
  • Heidelberger Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht, Member
  • International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR), German & Swiss Section
  • Walter Eucken Institute, Elected Member
  • Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), Member

Further information

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

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