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Angelika Helene Anna NUßBERGER

Dr. jur. utr., M.A., Professor

Professional Career

  • At present: 

    • International Judge at the Constitutional Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina
    • Professor at Cologne University / Chair of Constitutional Law, Public International Law and Comparative Law/ Director of the Institute for Eastern European Law and Comparative Law
    • Founding Director of the Academy of European Human Rights Protection, Cologne
    • Member of the Venice Commission;
  • 2020-2021: 
    • Chairwoman of a fact-finding Commission on extremism in the Police of Hessen (appointed by the Government of Hessen for a period of ten months)
    • Member of an Expert Commission on the reform of the French Court of Cassation;
  • 2017-2019 - Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights
  • 2015-2017 - President of Section V of the ECtHR
  • 2012-2015 -  Vice-President of Section V of the ECtHR
  • 2011-2019 - Judge at the European Court of Human Rights (elected on behalf of Germany)
  • 2010 - Vice Rector for Academic Career, Diversity and International Affairs at the University of Cologne
  • 2009 - Member of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG) led by Heidi Tagliavini
  • 2006-2010 - Substitute Member of the Venice Commission 
  • 2003-2010 - Member of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations of the International Labour Organisation
  • Starting from 2002 -
    • Full Professor of Law at the University of Cologne; Chair of Constitutional Law, Public International Law and Comparative Law; 
    • Director of the Institute for Eastern European Law and Comparative Law;
  • 2001-2002 - Legal Advisor (Council of Europe), General Directorate III (Social Cohesion)
  • 1993-2001 - Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Social Law, Munich.


  • 1982-1985 - Studies in Slavic Languages and Literature (complementary subjects: French Literature, Modern German Literature), University of Munich
  • 1984-1989 - Studies in law, University of Munich; Short-term studies in Russian language and literature, Pushkin-Institute Moscow
  • 1987/1988 - Courses in comparative law, Strasbourg and Coimbra
  • 1994-1995 - Visiting Researcher, Harvard University


Academic Degrees

  • 1987 - Magister Artium, University of Munich
  • 1988 - Diplôme en droit comparé, Strasbourg University
  • 1989 - First State Exam in Law, Munich
  • 1993 - PhD, University of Würzburg
  • 1993 - Second State Exam, Heidelberg 
  • 2002 - Habilitation, University of Munich

Honours and Awards

  • Honorary Bencher at Lincoln’s Inn (2020)
  • Election to the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (2019)
  • Honorary Certificate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (2019)
  • Officier de la Légion d’honneur, France (2019)
  • Doctor honoris causa of the Lucian-Blagu University of Sibiu, Romania (2019)
  • Arthur-Burkhardt Prize (2019)
  • Doctor honoris causa of the Higher School of Advocacy of the Ukrainian Bar Association (2018)
  • Prize of the Schader-Foundation (2015)
  • Doctor honoris causa, University of Tbilissi (2010)
  • Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (1982-1987)



  • Member of the Brexit Arbitration Panel
  • Member of the Consultative Council of the German Foreign Office
  • Member of the Commission on the reform of the French Court of Cassation
  • Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Stiftung Forum Recht
  • Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law
  • Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law
  • Member of the permanent deputation of the German Jurists‘ Conference
  • Member of the Association of German Constitutional Law Professors
  • Member of the Presidium of the Gesellschaft für Rechtspolitik
  • Member of the Scientific Directorate of the Institute for European Politics
  • Member of the Senate of the Schader Foundation
  • Member of the Foundation Council of the Centre for East European and International Studies
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Frankreich-Zentrum in Freiburg
  • Alumna of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)



  • Jahrbuch des Öffentlichen Rechts (co-editor since 2019)
  • East European Yearbook of Human Rights (Member of the International Advisory Board)
  • Revue Trimestrielle des Droits de l’Homme (Member of the Comité scientifique)
  • Meždunarodnoe Pravosudie (Member of the Editorial Council)
  • The European Convention on Human Rights Law Review (Member of the Editorial Council)
  • Ruch Prawniczy, Ekonomiczny i Socjologiczny (Member of Editorial Committee)
  • Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law (Peer reviewer)




Recent books



  • Menschenrechte. Geschichte, Philosophie, Konflikte, Beck-Verlag München 2021 (Human Rights. History, Philosophy, Conflicts, Munich 2021)
  • The European Court of Human Rights, OUP 2020





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