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Prof. Dr. von Bernstorff

Curriculum vitae

Positions held

  • Since summer semester 2011: Chair of Constitutional Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law at Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen

  • 04/2007 – 04/2011: Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg. Research area: Law of the United Nations (especially Security Council/ Human Rights), Spokesman for the Institute
  • 07/2003 – 04/2007: Aide at the German Federal Foreign Office (diplomatic service), Multilateral Human Rights Policy Task Force, UN-Department
  • Member of the German delegation at the UN Commission on Human Rights 2004 and 2005 and UN Human Rights Council 2006, Geneva
  • Member of the German delegation at the UN General Assembly 2003, 2004, 2005, New York
  • Chief negotiator of the German delegation at negotiations over the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York (2003-2007)


Academic career

  • 2011: Professorship at Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen

  • 15.12.2010: Habilitation at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, „Core Contents of the Protection of Fundamental and Human Rights“ supervised by Prof. Armin von Bogdandy
  • WS 2010: Temporary engagement, standing in for Prof. Dr. Andreas Paulus, Georg-August-University Goettingen
  • 09/2008 – 11/2008: Visiting Scholar at Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (24.10.2008 Friday Lecture at Lauterpacht Centre Hans Kelsen as an International Lawyer”)

  • 02/2000: PhD at University Mannheim, „The belief in universal law. On the international legal theory of Hans Kelsen and his disciples“, supervised by Prof. Dr. Eibe H. Riedel (summa cum laude)

  • 09/2000 – 07/2001: LL.M.- Student at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence

  • 07/1997 – 07/1999: Staff member of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Michael Stolleis at Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main

  • 1995: Final admission to the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)

  • WS 1991 – SS 1997: Studied law at Philipps-University Marburg and University of Poitiers (WS 95)


Professional qualifications

  • 07/2002 – 07/2003: Diplomatic qualification through the 57th Attaché training course of the German Federal Foreign Office

  • 08/1999 – 07/2001: Legal traineeship (Referendariat) in Hamburg