The Department of Legal Studies is committed to research based teaching. Our permanent and visiting faculty integrates the puzzles and findings of individual research outputs in their daily teaching, doctoral seminars, in master and doctoral thesis supervision. Distinguished visitors contribute to the intellectual environment of the department in frequent public lectures.
Core research areas:
Comparative Constitutional Law: civil and political rights in established and emerging democracies; enforcement of socio-economic rights, biomedical law and reproductive rights; governance in transition to democracy; comparative constitutional adjudication; freedom of religion and free speech in a global world; comparative constitutional adjudication; corruption; constitutional transplants; rule of law; comparative vertical separation of powers
Human Rights Law: European and international protection of human rights; politics and theories of European integration; inter-American human rights system; freedom of expression; human rights and criminal justice; freedom of religion; Roma rights; economic and social rights; reproductive rights; international humanitarian law, human rights advocacy and strategic litigation
Global Business Law and Regulation: international commercial arbitration and mediation; international investment law; conflict of laws; corporate social responsibility; comparative bankruptcy and secured transactions law; international trade law; comparative law; legal aspects of corporate finance and securities regulations; uniform law; advanced contracts (franchise, leasing); economy and society; international business transactions; intellectual property law; competition law; law and information technology