Last modified: November 2, 2018

Dr. Michael Riegner, LL.M. (NYU)


Department of Public Law and Comparative Law / Law and Society Institute


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht und Rechtsvergleichung
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin


Altes Palais, Raum 421
Unter den Linden 9, Berlin-Mitte


Phone: +49 (0)30 2093-3404



Areas of Work

Comparative public law; international law; development cooperation and law in the Global South

PhD on Information law in international institutions 

Co-editor of „Law and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America"

Founding member and editor of the  Völkerrechtsblog

Law and Society Institute Berlin LSI

Expert consultant for German federal ministry for development cooperation, aid agency Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN Department of Political Affairs 


Since  2017   Postdoctoral researcher at Humboldt University Berlin and the Law and Society Institute
2014 - 2017     Researcher at Humboldt Universität Berlin; PhD "Information law of international institutions" completed in winter term 2016/17
2013 - 2014   LLM at New York University School of Law as Hauser Global LLM Scholar 
2011 - 2014   Researcher at Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
2008 - 2013   Member of the research group „Law and Governance of development cooperation
2008 - 2011
Research Fellow at Max-Planck-Institut for comparative public law and international law in Heidelberg
2008 - 2010   Practical training (Referendariat) in Heidelberg, Speyer, Pristina/Kosovo; admission to the bar in Nuremberg
2003 - 2008   Law studies in Passau and Geneva; internships at German Foreign Office, International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, law firms in Frankfurt, London and Seattle


I. Monographs and Edited Volumes 

1. Informationsverwaltungsrecht internationaler Institutionen [Information law of international institutions], Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017

2. Special Issue “The Right to Information”, Law and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America 50 (2017), Issue 4 (S. 331 – 450) 

2. Constitutional Justice in Southeast Europe. Constitutional Courts in Kosovo, Serbia, Albania and Hungary between domestic judiciaries and the European Court of Human Rights, 2012 (ed. with Enver Hasani & Péter Paczolay) (zum Buch)

II. Articles and contributions

  1. Interdisziplinäre Forschung zur Globalisierung und Europäisierung des Rechts. Das Beispiel der Meinungsfreiheit im Internet [Interdisciplinary research on globalization and Europeanization of law], in: Christian Boulanger/Julika Rosenstock/Tobias Singelnstein (eds.), Interdisziplinäre Rechtsforschung. Eine Einführung, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, forthcoming 2019
  2. International Institutions and the City: Towards a Comparative Law of Glocal Governance, in: Helmut Aust/Anel du Plessis (eds.), The Globalization of Urban Governance - Legal Perspectives on the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11, London: Routledge, forthcoming 2019
  3. Freedom of expression in diverse democracies: Comparing hate speech law in India and the EU, in: Philipp Dann et. al. (ed.), Democratic Constitutionalism in Continental Polities: EU and India compared, forthcoming 2019 (with Smarika Kumar)
  4. The World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework and the Evolution of Global Order, Leiden Journal of International Law 32 (2019), forthcoming (with Philipp Dann)
  5. Democracy without Political Parties: Constitutional Options, in: Ryan Emenaker/James Morone (Hrsg.), Current Debates in American Government, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2nd ed. forthcoming 2019 (with Richard Stacey)
  6. Access to information as a human right and constitutional guarantee: A comparative perspective, Law and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America 50(4) (2017), S. 332-366
  7. Legal frameworks and general principles for indicators in sovereign debt restructuring, Yale Journal of International Law 41 (2016), 141-175, available here
  8. Implementing the “Data Revolution” for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals - Toward a Global Administrative Law of Information, in: Boisson de Chazournes/Davis/Fariello (eds), World Bank Legal Review 7, Washington D.C., 2016, 17-39, available here
  9. Governance Indicators in the Law of Development Finance: A Legal Analysis of the World Bank’s “Country Policy and Institutional Assessment”, Journal of Internat’l Economic Law 19 (2016), 1-26
  10. Die Blogosphäre als digitale Öffentlichkeit: #trademocracy jenseits des Staates?, in: Buszewski/Martini/Rathke (eds.), Freihandel vs Demokratie: Grundsätze Transnationaler Legitimation: Partizipation, Reversibilitat, Transparenz, 2016, 243-252
  11. Towards an International Institutional Law of Information, International Organizations Law Review 12 (2015), 50-80
  12. The Equator Principles on Sustainable Finance Assessed from a Critical Development and Third World Perspective, Transnational Legal Theory 5(3) (2014), 489-510
  13. Entwicklungsmessung und Recht, in: Dann/Kadelbach/Kaltenborn, Handbuch Entwicklung und Recht (zum Buch), 2013, 112-143
  14. Globales Entwicklungsverwaltungsrecht, in: Dann/Kadelbach/Kaltenborn, Handbuch Entwicklung und Recht, 2013, 717-758 (mit Philipp Dann)
  15. Constitutional Justice in Southeast Europe between Ordinary Judiciaries and the European Court of Human Rights, in: Hasani/Paczolay/Riegner, Constitutional Justice in Southeast Europe, 2012, 13-48
  16. How universal are international law and development? Engaging with postcolonial and Third World scholarship from the perspective of its Other, Verfassung und Recht in Übersee 45 (2012), 232-248
  17. Internationalized Constitutionalism in Ethnically Divided Societies: Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo Compared, in: Bogdandy/Wolfrum (eds.), Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 15 (2011), 1-64 (with Constance Grewe)
  18. Die internationalisierte Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit in Kosovo: Instrument zur Friedenssicherung und Entwicklungsförderung?, Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht 71 (2011), 543-568
  19. „Rechtliche Zusammenarbeit“ mit Transformations- und Entwicklungsländern als Gegenstand öffentlich-rechtlicher Forschung, Der Staat 2011, 436-468 (with Thomas Wischmeyer)
  20. Foreign Aid Agreements, in: Wolfrum, Rüdiger (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law,, 2011 (with Philipp Dann)
  21. The two faces of the internationalized pouvoir constituant: Independence and constitution-making under external influence in Kosovo, Goettingen Journal of International Law 2 (2010) 3, 1035-1062
  22. Die Europäisierung des Wirtschaftsstrafverfahrens – Warum Europa einen Ermittlungsrichter am EuGH braucht, Heidelberg Student Law Review 1 (2009), 35-58
  23. „Recht und Entwicklung“ als Gegenstand der Juristenausbildung: Konturen und Didaktik eines intra- und interdisziplinär vernetzten Studienfachs, Verfassung und Recht in Übersee 3 (2008), 309-335 (mit Philipp Dann)

III. Expert Opinions, Policy & Working Papers

  1. Safeguards Review der Weltbankgruppe: Ein neuer Goldstandard für das global Umwelt- und Sozialrecht? [The World Bank Safeguard Review: A new gold standard for global environmental and social protection?], Study for the German Federal Ministry of Development Cooperation and GIZ, Berlin 2017 (with Philipp Dann)
  2. Constitutional Reform in Laos, Study for GIZ Laos, August 2015 (with Maxim Bönnemann, Philipp Dann, Aurora Sanchez)
  3. Managing Environmental and Social Risks in World Bank Development Policy Operations, Study for the German Ministry of Development Cooperation and GIZ, May 2015 (with Philipp Dann), available here
  4. Legal frameworks and general principles for indicators in sovereign debt restructuring, Paper prepared for the Third Session of the UNCTAD Working Group on a Debt Workout Mechanism,  1 May 2014, available here
  5. Political Parties in Libya’s New Constitution, Briefing Paper, United Nations Department of Political Affairs and Center for Constitutional Transitions at NYU Law (with Richard Stacey),  available here
  6. Innovation at the “Knowledge Bank”: The role of law, NYU Institute of International Law and Justice Conference Paper, April 2013, available here
  7. Measuring the Good Governance State: A Legal Reconstruction of the World Bank’s “Country Policy and Institutional Assessment”, IRPA Working Paper 2012/6, available here
  8. Lessons learned from constitution-making processes with broad based public participation, Democracy Reporting International Tunisia Briefing Paper, November 2011 (with Philipp Dann/Jan Vogel/Martin Wortmann), available here

IV. Case Notes, Book Reviews

  1. Book review: Tourme-Jouannet, Emmanuelle: What is a Fair International Society? International Law Between Development and Recognition, 2013, ZaöRV 74 (2014), 681-684 (with E. Bernard)
  2. „Racial Profiling“, Fallbearbeitung für Fortgeschrittene im öffentlichen Recht, JuS 11/2014, 1003-1009 (mit Jasmin Schnitzer)
  3. Das letzte Wort im Vergleich. Rechtsvergleichende Reflexionen zur 53. Assistententagung Öffentliches Recht im Lichte des Wissenschaftsrat-Berichts zur Rechtswissenschaft in Deutschland, Rechtswissenschaft 1, (2013) 102-109 (mit Michaela Hailbronner)
  4. Blogbeiträge Völkerrechtsblog “Völkerrecht 2.0 – Es ist angerichtet“, „Grenzen des Internetvölkerrechts“, und Verfassungsblog „We dont export our law to other countries – that would be hubris“
  5. Das Alkoholverbot am Marktplatz, ÖR Übungsklausur, JURA 2012, 646-652
  6. Book review: H. Perritt, The Road to Independence for Kosovo, 2010, Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht 72 (2012), 665-669
  7. Book review: M.Sornarajah/J. Wang (eds.), China, India and the International Economic Order, 2010, Verfassung und Recht in Übersee 44 (2011), 276-281
  8. Constitutional Court rejects defence of economic necessity in civil proceedings against Argentina, Bulletin of International Legal Developments 2007, 253-255 [on judgement of the German Constitutional Court of 8.5.2007, 2 BvM 1/03]
  9. Behrami v France; Saramanti v France, Germany and Norway – ECtHR declines jurisdiction to review UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, Bulletin of International Legal Developments 2007, 169-171 [on judgement of the ECtHR of 31.5.2007, no. 71412/01 and 78166/01]
  10. Case Concerning Ahmadou Sadio Diallo (Republic of Guinea v Democratic Republic of Congo), Bulletin of International Legal Developments 2007, 130-132 [on judgement of the ICJ of 24.5.2007]


Arbeitsgemeinschaft ÖRIII (Europarecht, Staatsrecht III), HU Berlin, Wintersemester 2018/19

Seminar "Environmental Justice in the EU", Masterstudiengang Europawissenschaften, Sommersemester 2018 (with Cecilia Oliveira) (including supervision of two master theses)

Propädeutikum und Vorlesung "The EU as legal community", Masterstudiengang Europawissenschaften, WS 2017/18

Seminar "The EU as a digital community", Masterstudiengang Europawissenschaften, Sommersemester 2017 (including supervision of three Master theses)

Propädeutikum und Vorlesung "The EU as legal community", Masterstudiengang Europawissenschaften, 2016/17

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Allgemeines Verwaltungsrecht, WS 2016/17

Vorlesung "The EU as legal community", Masterstudiengang Europawissenschaften, 2015/16 (including supervision of one Master thesis)

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Staatsrecht III (Bezüge Europa- und Völkerecht), WS 2015/16

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Grundrechte, HU Berlin, SS 2015

Seminar "International and European Administrative Law", HU Berlin, WS 2014/15

Seminar “Law and Development”, JLU Gießen, SS 2013

Seminar Verfassungsvergleichung / Comparative Law Academy, SS 2012 & WS 2012/2013

JLU Team Training for Harvard World Model United Nations, WS 2011/2012 

Seminar zum Recht der Internationalen Organisationen, JLU Gießen, WS 2011/2012
Model International Criminal Court Simulation, Pristina International Summer University, Pristina/Kosovo 18.-20.7.2011
German Constitutional Law in a Comparative Perspective; European Human Rights Protection; Guest Lectures/Lehrauftrag, Gujarat National Law University Foreign Law Programme, Gandhinagar/India, 7.-18.2.2011 / February 2010 Zu GNLU
Model International Criminal Court Simulation, Pristina International Summer University, Pristina/Kosovo 14.-15.7.2010
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Zivilrecht Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch Allgemeiner Teil, Universität Heidelberg, Wintersemester 2009/2010

Conference presentations

Menschenrechtliche Unternehmensverantwortung und Transitional Justice: Der Fall Volkswagen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, November 2018, und JLU Gießen, April 2018

Menschenrechtliche Grenzen privatisierter Migrationskontrolle, FAU Erlangen, Juni 2018International institutions and urban development, Law and Development Conference, Antwerp, September 2017

Models of (multi-)ethnic constitutionalism in Southeast Europe, Bosch Academy Workshop "Shared Societies – Approaches to Minority Related Issues in Europe and Israel", Berlin, September 2016

Transparency and Open Data in the Post-2015 Agenda: Towards a Global Administrative Law of Development Information, Law and Development Research Conference, Ostende/Belgium, September 2016

Global Cities in Development Cooperation: Towards a Global Administrative Law of Local Governance?, Workshop "Safe and Sustainable Cities –Legal Perspectives from Germany and South Africa in Context", Potchefstroom/South Africa, August 2016

Waldschutz im Globalen Süden, Arbeitskreis Überseeischer Verfassungsvergleichung, Frankfurt a.M., Juli 2016

Stop-and-frisk policing: The Schengen Codex as spearhead against othering?, ICON Conference Berlin, June 2016 (with Nahed Samour) 

Can Global Law Save the Forest? Localising Global  Norms in the Brazilian Amazon, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Juni 2016

Internationale Institutionen als globales Panopticon?, Arbeitskreis Überseeische Verfassungsvergleichung, Potsdam, Juli 2015 

International Law's New Images: Visualizing Sovereignty, Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy Conference, Cambridge, 1.-2.6.2015

Libya’s new  constitution – to party or not to party?, ERP Jahrestagung, Washington D.C., April 2014

Uncertainty, statistics and international law, Harvard International Law and Global Policy Workshop, Doha/Qatar, Januar 2014

International law as epistemic order, Yale Doctoral Scholarship Conference, December 2013

Im Profil: 5 Jahre Unabhängigkeit des Kosovo, Interview für MOE-Kompetenz, 19.2.2013

Measuring Africa: Towards a legal framework for governance indicators, Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für afrikanisches Recht, Berlin, 9./10.11.2012

Measuring the Good Governance State: A Legal Reconstruction of the World Bank’s “Country Policy and Institutional Assessment”, 8th Viterbo Global Administrative Law Seminar, Rome La Sapienza/NYU, 15.6.2012, und Max Planck Institut Heidelberg, 21.11.2011 
Indikatoren als Steuerungsinstrument in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, Jahrestagung des Carlo-Schmidt-Programms, Berlin 5.11.2011 
The Language Regime in Independent Kosovo- „Legally ahead of European standards, practically still a long way to go?“, Summer School “Law as a means of conflict prevention: European Language Charter as a Basis for Dialogue”, Justus Liebig Universität Gießen/Max Planck Institute Heidelberg/National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy 12.7.2011
Die Vermessung des Rechts: Menschenrechts- und Governance-Indikatoren im Recht der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, Jahrestagung des Arbeitskreises für Überseeische Verfassungsvergleichung, Erfurt 2.7.2011 
Internationalisierte Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit in Kosovo, Max Planck Institute Heidelberg 
Friedenssicherung und nachhaltige Entwicklung in der multi-ethnischen Post-Konflikt-Gesellschaft Kosovos - Welche Rolle spielt die internationalisierte Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit?, Arbeitskreis junger Völkerrechtler, Heidelberg, 23./24.10.2010
An introduction to the acquis communautaire and the EU’s pre-accession policies, Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, Pristina/Kosovo 17.9.2010
Klimaschutz als Problem der bundesstaatlichen Kompetenzordnung, Max-Planck-Institute Heidelberg, 10.08.2009
Anne Peter’s compensatory constitutionalism – a critical appraisal, Research colloquium on comparative constitutionalism, Max Planck Institute Heidelberg 02.12.2008



Arbeitskreis überseeische Verfassungsvergleichung 
Arbeitskreis junger Völkerrechtler 
European Law Students’ Association