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University of Hamburg, Institute of Law & Economics

University of Hamburg, Institute of Law & Economics

University of Hamburg, Institute of Law & Economics


University of Hamburg

As North Germany's largest research and educational institution and Germany's third-largest University, Universität Hamburg combines diverse study opportunities with excellent research. It provides a broad disciplinary spectrum with numerous interdisciplinary opportunities and pursues cooperation with an extensive network of top regional, national and international institutions. Universität Hamburg is devoted to long-term scholarship and science and promotes sustainability research in all schools.

As part of the Federal Excellence Initiative, Universität Hamburg received authorization in 2007 for a Center of Excellence in climate research: the KlimaCampus Hamburg is an educational center for climate research and earth systems science. Besides "Climate, Earth, Environment," further particularly successful key research areas include Matter and the Universe, the Structure and Function of Biomolecules, Neurosciences, Multilingualism, Governance, Culture, and Technology as well as Heterogeneity and Education.

Universität Hamburg offers approximately 150-degree programs in the following six schools: School of Law; School of Business; Economics and Social Sciences; School of Medicine; School of Education, Psychology and Human Movement; School of Humanities and the School of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences.

Furthermore, several museums and collections belong to Universität Hamburg, such as the Zoological Museum, the Herbarium Hamburgense, the Geological-Paleontological Museum, the Botanical Gardens and the Hamburg Planetarium.

Universität Hamburg was founded in 1919 by local private citizens. Important founding figures include Senator Werner von Melle and businessman Edmund Siemers. Nobel prize winners such as Otto Stern, Wolfgang Pauli, and Isidor Rabi were active at the Universität and many other well-known scholars such as Ernst Cassirer, Erwin Panofsky, Aby Warburg, William Stern, Agathe Lasch, Magdalene Schoch, Emil Artin, Ralf Dahrendorf and Carl Frierich von Weizsäcker, to name but a few, taught here.

Institute of Law & Economics

The Institute as a research center started with the theoretical analysis of civil law more than 40 years ago. Today, the Institute applies the instruments provided by the economic analysis of the law to most aspects of the legal field, including public and international law.

In recent years, the empirical analysis of legal norms has become more and more important to the field of the economic analysis of the law. In this regard too, the members of the Institute contribute to scientific innovation with cutting-edge research.

The main task of the institute is the promotion of interdisciplinary teaching and research in the field of Law and Economics with a special focus on the economic analysis of civil law. The managing director is Prof. Dr. rer. pol Thomas Eger.

The Institute leads, as part of the legal education, the area of specialization "Economic Analysis of Law" and administers the postgraduate program "European Master in Law and Economics" as well as the "Graduate College for Law and Economics". In addition, the Institute for Law and Economics participates in the international doctoral program "European Doctorate in Law and Economics".


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