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Hans-W. Micklitz

Professor of Economic Law


Hans MicklitzAppointed in October 2007. 

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 (emeritus). 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. Finland Distinguished 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.

Supervision Interests

"My supervision interests are guided by my research interests: the transformation of private law through the European integration, the external impact of the transformed European private law on non EU countries and continents, last but not least the proclaimed European advantage in legal scholarship, which exists despite all Euro crisis and the political crisis after Brexit. In short I am convinced that ‘we have something to defend with the EU and the European legal order'"

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 556 / 267

Email: [email protected]

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

Selected Publications

Private law in the external relations of the EU
The transformation of enforcement: European economic law in a global perspective
Risk and EU law
Consumer debt and social exclusion in Europe
Constitutionalization of European private law
European consumer law
Brauchen Konsumenten und Unternehmen eine neue Architektur des Verbraucherrechts? Gutachten A zum 69. Deutschen Juristentag
The European Court of Justice and the Autonomy of the Member States
Modernising Consumer Law: The experience of the Western Balkan
The Foundations of European Private Law
The Many Concepts of Social Justice in European Private Law
Institutionelle Finanzmarktaufsicht und Verbraucherschutz. Eine rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung der Regelungssysteme in Deutschland, Italien, Schweden, dem Vereinigten Königreich und der Europäischen Gemeinschaft
Cases, Materials and Text on Consumer Law
European Private Law after the Common Frame of Reference
Informationszugang für Verbraucher in Europa und den USA. Recht und Praxis
Understanding EU consumer law
Kundenschutz auf liberalisierten Märkten: Vergleich der Konzepte, Maßnahmen und Wirkungen in Europa. Energie
Produktsicherheit und Marktüberwachung im Ostseeraum : Rechtsrahmen und Vollzugspraxis
Europaïsches Produktsicherheitsrecht : eine vergleichende Untersuchung von Rechtsrahmen und - praxis in Deutschland und im Ostseeraum

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)
  • Legal Theory, Theories of Private Law, Social Justice (theories on corrective and distribute justice), Theories on Transnational Law

Current Research Projects

  • European Legal Scholarship and Methodology.
    There is a genuine European advantage in Legal Scholarship. I understand the European legal order as a laboratory for the post nation state and for the post national legal order. The research goes to the historical, legal and philosophical foundations of Europe after the common cultural heritage that guided and initiated the European integration process after 1945 seems to have exhausted its potential for the future of Europe. The project invites to think beyond our boundaries and preconceptions and to engage into the search of what might be termed tentatively postclassical law and postclassical private law order.
  • The external dimension of European private law, sponsored by the Finnish Academy of Science. Whilst the ERC grant was/is focusing on the transformation processes within the EU; now the research is devoted to private law beyond the European Union and through the European Union and its impact 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, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the transformation processes that private law rules are currently undergoing. For more information of the project, please see link to the University of Helsinki.


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