Doctoral Research Group Law

Upon admission to the Doctoral Research Group Law, our doctoral candidates become part of the scientific community and from the beginning are included in scientific discourse in their respective areas of research. The Group aims to provide doctoral students in the field of law with joint training and supervision. The Group's research activities under the umbrella of Leuphana Law School currently focus on four research units, some of which are still in the development phase, notably Competition & Regulation Institutes, Corporate Governance, Public Law (specifically energy and environment law) and Private Law – Risk, Policy & Enforcement.

These highly interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research activities focus on socially and politically relevant subjects, especially the regulation of society and economics under the conditions of globalization. Alongside interdisciplinary approaches to research, the research profile embraces individual research, legal dogmatics, commentary and treatise as well as established and tried-and-tested elements of legal research.

Each semester, the Doctoral Research Group offers discipline and method-specific courses and colloquia as part of the doctoral programme that go beyond the cross-departmental or interdisciplinary modules Scientific Practices/Ethics and Theory of Science. In these courses, doctoral students gain a deeper insight into specific subjects and methods, report on the progress of their work and critically discuss their research work and results with professors and other doctoral candidates from the same field of study.

Areas of Research

The research activities of the Doctoral Research Group Law focus on the following areas:

  • Private Law
  • Public Law
  • European and International Law
  • Economic Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Competition & Regulation
  • Sustainability & Law

More detailed information about research activities and pending, ongoing and completed (externally funded) projects by professors participating in the Doctoral Research Group is available on their respective websites and on the Leuphana Law School website

Depending on research unit, cooperations exist with researchers from the areas of Business Administration, Economics and Sustainability Science. A cooperation with researchers from the field of Digital Media based in the Faculty of Culture, Arts and Media is also planned. By supplementing the research activities conducted there with a legal perspective, issues relating to copyright law and intellectual property rights can be examined in greater detail in future.

Doctoral Degree

The respective faculty confers the doctoral degree Dr. iur.


  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Schall, M.Jur. (Oxford)

Doctoral Supervisors

  • Prof. Dr. Jelena Bäumler
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Halfmeier, LL.M.
  • Prof. Dr. Suzan Denise Hüttemann, M.Res.
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Schall, M.Jur. (Oxford)
  • Prof. Dr. Valentin Schatz
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Schomerus
  • Prof. Dr. Lesley Jane Smith, LL.M.
  • Prof. Dr. Christian J. Tams
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Philipp Terhechte


Doctoral Topics, positions and scholarships


Doctoral Courses

As a doctoral student at Leuphana, you not only write your dissertation, but also participate in the interdisciplinary doctoral courses, which include three interdisciplinary modules in addition to the subject-specific colloquia. You can find more information about the doctoral programme here.


As a doctoral student at Leuphana, you must enrol as a doctoral student. Information about admission to the doctorate at Leuphana and the application procedure can be found here.

Leuphana Graduate School offers advice and coaching to academics in the qualification phase. The Graduate School's advisor will be happy to support you in questions of decision-making, challenges in the course of your doctorate, and career planning and development. You can find more information about the counselling and coaching services here.