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Prof. Dr. Jochen von Bernstorff, LL.M.

Chair of Constitutional Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law





Prof. Dr. Jochen von Bernstorff, LL.M.

Neue Aula, Gmelinflügel, 1. OG, Room 148.1

Tel: 07071 29-75266 
or: 07071/29-78148





Jochen von Bernstorff (Prof. Dr. iur.) holds the chair for constitutional law, international law and human rights at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (since 2011) and taught international law as a visiting professor at the German Federal Foreign Office Academy Berlin, Université Aix-Marseille and National Taiwan University Taipei. He has acted as a consultant for the German Government and various UN institutions on human rights, development and international environmental law issues.

Jochen von Bernstorff studied law at Philipps-Universität Marburg and University of Poitiers, reveiced his Ph.D. from the University of Mannheim in 2000 and holds an LL.M. from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (2001). He was employed at the German Federal Foreign Office (diplomatic service 2002-2007) in the Multilateral Human Rights Policy Task Force of the UN Department, a member of the German delegation at the UN Commission on Human Rights in 2004 and 2005 and the UN Human Rights Council in 2006, and a member of the German delegation at the UN General Assembly in 2003–2005. Furthermore, he served as chief negotiator of the German delegation at negotiations over the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, New York (2003-2007). From 2007 to 2011 he was a senior research fellow and spokesperson at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg. In 2009 he was visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law of Cambridge University.

Main fields of research are general international law, theory and history of international law and its institutions, the prohibtion of the use of force, fundamental rights law and German constitutional law from a comparative perspective. His recent publications include “International Legal Scholarship as a Cooling Medium in International Law and Politics”, in EJIL 2014, pp. 977-990; “The Quest for Compulsory Adjudication in International Law: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives”, in: The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals – Special Issue 2015; “The Public International Law Theory of Hans Kelsen: Believing in Universal Law”, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 324 p.; “Proportionality without Balancing“, in: McCrudden et. al. (Ed.), Reasoning Rights, Comparative Judicial Engagement, Hart Publishing 2014, pp. 63-86.


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