Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Joerges

Professor of Law & Society

Christian Joerges is Professor of Law and Society at the Hertie School of Governance. His research focuses on European and international economic law, risk regulation within the EU and in international trade relations, particularly the legitimacy problems of pertinent governance arrangements and practices. His seminal book discussed the “Darker Legacies of Law in Europe” (2003). In addition to his professorship at Hertie School, he is committed as Research Professor at the Law Faculty of Bremen University and Co-Director of the Centre of European Law and Politics. Until 2007 he held the chair for European Economic Law at the European University Institute Florence.  He was a Visiting Professor at Trento, Italy; Birkbeck University College, London; the University of Toronto, New York University Law School and Columbia Law School. He has been a fellow at the Institutes for Advanced Study in Berlin and Wassenaar. In 2009 he was awarded an  honorary doctorate from the University Freiburg. He is the co-editor of the European Law Journal. Review of European Law in Context and a member of the Programmatic Steering Board of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL).

Curriculum Vitae

Christian Joerges' curriculum vitae is available online or as download.


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Research Interests

Christian Joerges’ research deals with the Europeanization of economic law, European and transnational regulatory politics and governance arrangements in constitutional perspectives. His orientation in both European and international studies is interdisciplinary. It is at the same time related to, and inspired by, long-term theoretical interests in legal and social theory which he has recently pursued as a co-editor of an international anthology on Jürgen Habermas’ discourse theory of law and democracy. Since 1999 he has intensively studied anti-liberal traditions in German legal thought and the impact of historical conflicts and memory politics on the European integration project.

Contact Details

Ines Andre-Schulze
Faculty Assistant to Christian Joerges and Claus Offe
Phone: +49 (0)30 259 219 -131
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 219-111
Professor of Law and Society
Room: 1.41.1