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Studying in Hamburg

Local Coordinator:
Prof. Georg Ringe
Tel.: +49 40 42838-7787
Fax.: +49 40 42838-6794
Email.: georg.ringe[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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Teaching Staff:

Prof. Stefan Voigt

Prof. Georg Ringe

Prof. Thomas Eger

Jun. Prof. Franziska Weber

Dr. Jerg Gutmann

Dr. Stephan Wittig LL.M. (Cambridge)

Dr. Jan Asmus Bischoff

Prof. Frank Steffen

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
Corporate Law and Governance


Local Coordinator:
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.

Teaching Staff:
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.
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 'Concepts & Methods of Law & Economics' in the first term and 'Contract Law and Economics' in the second term.
jerggutmann Dr. 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". 
Dr. Jan Asmus Bischoff Dr. Jan Asmus Bischoff is an inhouse counsel at the privately-owned bank M.M.Warburg & CO in Hamburg. He is admitted to the Bar in Hamburg. Before joining Warburg, we worked at attorney in the field of investment arbitration and shipping law. After obtaining his first legal degree from the University of Hamburg in 2005, he worked for four years as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg. In 2008, he received his LL.M. degree as Hauser Scholar from New York University, School of Law. From 2008 to 2010, he did his mandatory practical legal training ("Referendariat") at the Hamburg Higher Regional Court. In 2010, he completed his Ph.D. thesis. Jan Bischoff regularly publishes articles on international law and European law.
Prof. Frank Steffen Prof. Frank Steffen is Professor of Economics, especially International Governance, at  the Faculty of Law, Business and Economics, University of Bayreuth. His research interests lie in the fields of Social Choice Theory, Game Theory, Governance Theory, and Identity Economics.
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"The opportunities afforded to me by the EMLE program were absolutely wonderful. The dual academic approaches of economic analysis and the legal reasoning means that you come out with policy and strategic understanding. The knowledge received by the EMLE program is encyclopaedic yet somehow profound enough to open many doors, professionally, and academically. I find myself better prepared than most to pursue my research here in Paris."

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[EMLE Student 2011/2012]