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Hans-W. Micklitz

Professor of Economic Law


Appointed in October 2007. Contract renewed until August 2019. 

Since 2007 Professor for Economic Law at the European University Institute, Jean Monnet Chair of Private Law and European Economic Law at the University of Bamberg, Germany on leave. Head of the Institute of European and Consumer Law (VIEW) in Bamberg. Studies of law and sociology in Mainz, Lausanne/Geneva (Switzerland), Giessen and Hamburg. Consultancies for OECD in Paris, UNEP Geneva Switzerland/Nairobi Kenya and CI (Consumers International) Den Haag Netherlands/Penang Malaysia. Study visits at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute Florence, Italy, visiting professor at the Somerville College at the University of Oxford, co-founder of the Centre of Excellence at the University of Helsinki. Holder of an ERC Grant 2011-2016 on European Regulatory Private Law. Finnish Distinguised Professor of the Academy of Finland 2016-2020, Consultancies for ministries in Austria, Germany, the UK, the European Commission, OECD, UNEP, GIZ, non-governmental organisations.

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 556 / 267

Email: Hans.Micklitz@eui.eu

Administrative Assistant: Claudia de Concini 

Postal address: Law Department | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy (Villa Salviati, Castello - Office SACA 110)

Office Hours: Tuesdays 15.00-17.00

Working Languages: German, English, French, Italian

Research Interests

  • European Economic Law (European economic constitution, market freedoms, fundamental and human rights, competition law, public procurement, unfair commercial practices, product safety and product liability, enforcement)
  • European Private Law (traditional private law (contract and tort), Common European Sales Law, regulatory private law (telecommunications, energy, transport, financial services, individual and collective law enforcement
  • National and European Consumer Law (consumer-citizen, contract, tort, services, e-commerce, consumer credit, investment, liability, ADR, ODR)
  • German Private, Commericial and Economic Law
  • Legal Theory, Theories of Private Law, Social Justice (theories on corrective and distribute justice), Theories on Transnational Law

Current Research Projects

The objective of the European Research Council (ERC) funded project is the study of a normative model, which could shape a self-sufficient European private legal order in its interaction with national private law systems. The project started in September 2011 and will end in August 2016. Further information can be found on the ERPL project blog 

  •   European Legal Methodology

The aim of this project is to analyze how to revitalize doctrinal legal research in Europe such as the blurring of borders between European and national law, public and private law and state and non-state law and what does the multidisciplinary turn in legal research mean for the education of law students and starting researchers. Rob van Gestel (Professor in Tilburg), Miguel Maduro (former Professor at the EUI) and myself are working on this project

  • The external dimension of European private law sponsored by the Finnish Academy of Science: The perspective has been changed from inward to outward, to private law beyond the European Union and through the European Union. The FiDiPro project is searching for the potential influence and impact of the European Union on international organizations and institutions in private law making, on powerful states such as the United States, Brazil, China, Japan and Russia as well as on economic regions such as Mercosur, the ASEAN Countries and Africa.  The project is built around the vertical (regulatory private law in the various sector related markets) and the horizontal (the interaction between European Union Civil/Contract Code building and similar attempts in the various economic regions around the world) dimensions of private law beyond the European Union, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the transformation processes that private law rules are currently undergoing. European private law (regulatory and traditional contract law) in its internal and external dimension is suggested to serve as a blueprint and model for the development of a normative design of bifurcated private law. For more information of the project, please, see link to the University of Helsinki


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