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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 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

  • 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 (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)

Academic Board Memberships

Further information

Perspective view of the glass pyramid on top of the Library Building amidst an autumnal scenery.



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