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Prof. Dr. Niels Petersen
Lehrstuhl für öffentliches Recht, Völker- und
Europarecht sowie empirische Rechtsforschung
Universitätsstr. 14-16
48143 Münster

Tel.: +49-251-83-22021

E-mail: niels.petersen [at]

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After studying in Münster and Geneva, Niels Petersen was a legal clerk with the Court of Appeal in Wiesbaden, the German Embassy in Bangkok and the GIZ Legal Advisory Service in Beijing. From 2004 to 2006, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg before spending an academic year at the New York University School of Law as a Visiting Doctoral Researcher. After finishing his PhD, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2007. During the academic year 2012/13, he returned to the NYU School of Law as a Hauser Research Scholar and Emile Noel Fellow. In 2014, he finished his Habilitation at the University of Bonn. Since February 2015, Niels is a Professor of Public Law, International Law, and EU Law at the University of Münster. Currently, he is visiting the Faculty of Law of the University of Auckland during the Spring semester 2017. His most important publication is the monograph Proportionality and Judicial Activism.



  • PhD in Law, Goethe University, Frankfurt (2008)
  • M.A. in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, Columbia University (2010)
  • Second State Exam (bar exam equivalent), Landgericht Wiesbaden (2005)
  • First State Exam (J.D. equivalent), University of Münster (2003)

Research Interests

  • International and EU economic law
  • International human rights and constitutional fundamental rights
  • Comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory
  • Law & Politics in the decision-making of courts and tribunals
  • Economic Analysis of Law


List of publications

Working Papers on SSRN