Scientific Advisory Board & Contact

Scientific Advisory Board
For the scientific advisory board of the HIELC 2016 three very accomplished academics were successfully recruited. Professor Markus Kotzur, Professor Nele Matz-Lück and Professor Alexander Proelss thereby succeed Professor Hans-Joachim Koch and Professor Doris König who successfully created the program of the first two conferences.
Prof. Dr. Markus Kotzur, LL.M. (Duke University) University of Hamburg, Europa-Kolleg Hamburg: Institute for European Integration Markus Kotzur was born in Coburg in 1968. Between 1988 and 1993 he absolved studied law at the Albert-Ludwigs-University (Freiburg im Breisgau) as well as at the University of Bayreuth. After obtaining his Master’s degree (Master of Law) at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina (USA) in 1994, he started his legal traineeship, which he finished with the Second State Examination in 1996. During his work as research assistant between 1997 and 2002 at the chair for Public Law, Legal philosophy and Church Law (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.mult. Peter Häberle), University of Bayreuth, he received his doctorate in 2000.

After having finished his habilitation on cross-border cooperation within Europe he worked as a visiting professor at the Universities of Cologne, Dresden, Würzburg, Münster and Leipzig. In 2005, he was appointed as full-chair Professor for European Law, Public and Public International Law at the University of Leipzig and became the managing director for the “Institute for Public International Law, European Law and foreign Public Law”.

Since 2012, Markus Kotzur is Professor for European and Public International Law at the University of Hamburg and Vice Director of the “Institute for International Relations”. Furthermore, he is the Managing Director of the “Institute for European Integration” at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg.

Research areas:
  • European Law and European Constitutional law
  • European Constitutional Theory
  • Global Constitutionalism
  • Public International Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Relations
Prof. Dr. Nele Matz-Lück, LL.M. Kiel University Nele Matz-Lück was born in Hamburg in 1973. After her studies of jurisprudence in Trier, Lausanne and Heidelberg and her First State Examination in 1998 she started obtaining her doctorate’s degree at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg in the area of the law of treaties and international environmental law.

After obtaining an LL.M.-degree in “Environmental Law and Management” from the University of Wales (Aberystwyth) in 2000 and her Legal Traineeship at the Higher Regional Court Cologne she received her doctorate’s degree from Heidelberg University in 2003. She then returned to the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg in 2004 where she became a senior researcher until 2011. During this time, she was a research fellow at the Federal Constitutional Court in the department of Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo Di Fabio from 2005 to 2007.

In 2011 she was appointed professor of the Law of the Sea and today is Co-Director of the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law at Kiel University, where she is also a member of the Cluster of Excellence “Future Ocean”. She also holds the position as adjunct professor at the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea at the Arctic University of Tromsø.

Research areas:
  • International Law of the Sea
  • International Environmental Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
Prof. Dr. Alexander Proelss Trier University Alexander Proelss was born in Bremen in 1973. After finishing his studies of law at the Universities of Bonn and Tübingen in 2000, he worked as a research fellow at the Faculty of Law of Tübingen University (affiliated to the chair of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Graf Vitzthum). In 2003, he obtained his doctoral degree with a thesis on “Protection of the Marine Environment in Public International Law and European Law”. Following the period of articling and the bar exam in 2004, he was appointed assistant professor at the Faculty of Law in Tübingen. From November 2005 to December 2006, Proelss worked as a research associate at the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (Department of Judge Udo Di Fabio).

Between 2007 and 2010, he was Professor for public law, in particular law of the sea, at the Walther-Schücking Institute for International Law, Christian Albrechts University at Kiel. In February 2010, he was awarded the postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) by the Faculty of Law at the University of Tübingen. Since October 2010, he holds the chair for public law, in particular public international law and European law, at Trier University, Germany, and is the Director of the Institute of Environmental and Technology Law and the Institute for Legal Policy of that University.

Research areas:
  • The International Law of the Sea
  • International Environmental Law
  • Public International Law
  • European Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • National Environmental Law
Associated members
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Henning Jessen, LL.M. (Tulane) University of Hamburg Henning Jessen studied law between 1996 and 2002 at the University of Kiel (including one year abroad at Copenhagen Business School 1999-2000). After graduating with the First State Exam in Law (2002), he was accepted to postgraduate studies at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, USA (supported by a scholarship of the German-American Fulbright Association) obtaining an LL.M. in Admiralty & Maritime Law.

He wrote a doctoral thesis on “WTO Law and Developing Countries” receiving his doctorate in 2005 from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. After completion of the Second Legal State Exam in Hamburg (2006) he first started to work as trade lawyer for the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (2006-2008) in Berlin.

Between 2008-2012, Henning Jessen was a Professor for Transport Law and Maritime Law at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. In 2012, he accepted a position at the University of Hamburg as an Associate Professor for Public Maritime Law, with an emphasis on the Law of the Sea.

Research areas:
  • The Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Economic Law (WTO Law)
  • Environmental Aspects of the Law of the Sea (esp. “Offshore Oil & Gas”)
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea Law / International Aspects of Transport Law
  • Comparative Law
  • EU Law

List of publications: Publications

His most recent publication as editor and author of multiple chapters is the book “EU Maritime Transport Law” (Brussels Commentary, published in January 2016, 1.100 pages, C.H.Beck, ISBN 978-3-406-66718-3 (in cooperation with Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden und Hart Publishing, Oxford).
Prof. Dr. Axel Kämmerer Bucerius Law School Jörn Axel Kämmerer was born in 1965 in Braunschweig (Brunswick). Between 1984 and 1990 he studied law at the Universities of Tübingen and at the Université d’Aix-en-Prevence/Marseille III. After obtaining his Maîtrise en droit in 1988, he finished his studies with the First Legal State Examination in 1991.

In the period of 1991 and 2000 he was a research fellow at the University of Tübingen, later a research assistant. In 1993 he received his doctorate (with a thesis on status- and environmental protection law aspects of Antarctica), in 1995 he passed his Second Legal State Examination.

After his habilitation on the topic of “Privatization. Typology, determinants, legal practice, consequences” he became a Professor at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, in 2000, where he has been holding the academic chair of Public Law, Public International and European Law ever since. He was a visiting professor at, amongst others, the Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), the Seoul National University, South Korea, and the Hebrew University Jerusalem.

Research areas:
  • European and International Market Law
  • Law of the Monetary Union and Financial Markets
  • Constitutional and European Law aspects of the professions
  • Privatization and regulation
  • Law of the global commons
  • System theory of Public International Law (Colonialism)
  • Constitutional Law (especially Fundamental Rights, Federalism, Elections)

List of publications: Publications
Coordination of the HIELC 2016
Christina Anikó Simmig Europa-Kolleg Hamburg As a research assistant of Professor Kotzur at the foundation Europa-Kolleg Hamburg, Christina Simmig coordinates the HIELC 2016. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact her.

Tel.: +49 40 822 727 29