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Studying in Hamburg

Local Coordinator:
Prof. Stefan Voigt
Tel.: +49 40 42838-5782
Fax.: +49 40 42838-6794
Email.: stefan.voigt[AT]jura.uni-hamburg.de

Ms. Christiane Ney-Schönig
Tel.: +49-40-42838.5776
Fax.: +49-40-42838.6794
Email.: info[AT]emle.org

Postal Address:
Universität Hamburg
Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaft
Institut für Recht und Ökonomik
Johnsallee 35
20148 Hamburg

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Getting around
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Typical Thesis Topics

Teaching Staff:

Prof. Stefan Voigt

Prof. Georg Ringe

Prof. Thomas Eger

Prof. Haksoo Ko

Jun. Prof. Franziska Weber

Dr. Noah Vardi

Jerg Gutmann
Dr. Stephan Wittig LL.M. (Cambridge)

Thesis Areas:
Contract Law
Tort Law
Competition Law
Environmental Law
European and International Law
Public Law
Constitutional Law
Public Choice
New Institutional Economics
Commercial Law
Law and Transition
Intellectual Property Law


Local Coordinator:
voigt neu Prof. Stefan Voigt is director at the Institute of Law & Economics at Hamburg University. He is a fellow with CESifo (Munich) and has been affiliated with the International Centre for Economic Research (ICER) in Torino, Italy. Previous positions include chairs at the Universities of Marburg, Kassel, Ruhr-University Bochum, a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, and a research fellow position with the Max-Planck-Institute for Research Into Economic Systems. His research focuses on the economic effects of constitutions. More specifically, current research focuses on the economic effects of the judiciary. Voigt is one of the editors of the Review of Law & Economics and a member of various boards including those of Public Choice and Constitutional Political Economy. Voigt has consulting experience with both the public and the private sector. He has worked with the World Bank, the European Commission and the OECD but also with the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT). The German newspaper Handelsblatt ranks Voigt among the Top-100 German speaking economists according to quality-weighted research output.

Teaching Staff:
Georg Ringe Prof. Georg Ringe is Professor of Law at the University of Hamburg and Director at the Institute of Law & Economics. He also teaches at the University of Oxford where he is Visiting Professor on a continuous basis, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law and an associate member of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance. He has held visiting positions at various institutions in Europe and North America, including Columbia Law School and Vanderbilt University. He is a co-founder and editor of the Journal of Financial Regulation, which has been published by Oxford University Press since 2015. Professor Ringe has been involved in policy work with the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Financial Stability Board. His current research interests are in the general areas of Law & Finance, comparative corporate governance, capital and financial markets, insolvency law and conflict of laws.
haksooko Prof. Haksoo Ko is Professor of Law at Seoul National University School of Law in Seoul, Korea. He is a visiting professor at the Institute of Law and Economics at Universität Hamburg as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow. Prof. Dr. Ko holds a B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University, and received a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in New York, USA and a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Columbia University. He also practiced law at large law firms in New York and in Seoul. His research interests include law and economics of technology and communications, of contract negotiation, and of dispute resolution. He has teaching experiences at Columbia University, National University of Singapore, and Yonsei University in Korea.
franziskaweber Jun. Prof. Franziska Weber is Junior Professor for Civil Law and Law & Economics at the University of Hamburg and Research Fellow at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her main fields of interest concern the law and economics of German and European consumer law enforcement. She successfully defended her EDLE Ph.D. thesis regarding the optimal mix of public and private law enforcement in consumer law in 2012. More generally, she engages in the economic analysis of European law. Her work has a strong focus on comparative law, particularly on German, Spanish, English and Dutch law. In the EMLE she teaches 'Comparative Law' in the first term and 'Contract Law and Economics' in the second term.
noahwardi Dr. Noah Vardi (Ph.D.) is Researcher in private comparative law at the University of Roma Tre since 2005. She has a degree in Law from the University of Roma Tre and a Ph.D. in European private law from the University of Verona (2005). She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Yale Law School (2004) and has been a Research Guest at the Hamburg Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London, the Universities of Heidelberg and Paris. Her main fields of interest are European private law and private comparative law (on which she has lectured in the Universities of Roma Tre, Sassari, and Pázmany Páter Budapest). Her current research is on monetary obligations and financial markets.
jerggutmann Jerg Gutmann studied economics in Stuttgart and Marburg. In 2010 he acquired his Master in Economics and Institutions from the Philipps-University of Marburg. He is a Research and Teaching Associate at the Institute of Law and Economics since 2010, where he gives tutorials in "Constitutional Law and Economics" and "International Law and Economics". His research is focused on Positive Constitutional Economics and Empirical Law and Economics.
stephanwittig Dr. Stephan Wittig is a currently a Brandon Research Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. He studied Economics and Finance in Bonn, Zurich and Vancouver, and acquired his Master in Economics from the University of Bonn. During his Ph.D. in Law and Economics, he was a member of the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) Graduate School for Law and Economics at the University of Hamburg. Since 2006, he is a Lecturer at the EMLE programme. He spent a year as Visiting Researcher and Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School in New Haven, CT, and researched at the European University Institute in Florence, as well as at the European Commission Directorate-General for Trade. His research focuses on Public International Law, Trade and Finance. He obtained his Master of Law (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge and became a Brandon Fellow in 2012. This fall, he teaches the courses "Formal Methods" and "Foundations of Law and Economics I: Microeconomics". 
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Yong-Fu Chang


"The first day you enter the classroom, you will be amazed by the diversity of the student body, nationality wise and background wise. Do you expect to have a lawyer colleague who is also a pianist? Can you imagine that you say “Guten Tag” when you grab a coffee at a café before your seminar starts and say “Buonasera” when you leave a dinner party the other day? You should be prepared for something more, be prepared for people who open your mind and be prepared for a new prospect for the world. More excitingly you will learn a new research approach that you can apply to your assignments with your colleagues and even to your future career. EMLE is not just another LLM programme in Europe but the LLM."

Yong-Fu Chang
[EMLE Student 2015/2016]