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Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger M.A.

Angelika Nußberger studied Slavic studies from 1982 to 1987 and law from 1984 to 1989 at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. She took her second state examination in Heidelberg in 1993. Angelika Nußberger received her doctorate in 1993 in Würzburg with a study on Soviet constitutional law in the transition period. In 1994/95, she completed a research stay at Havard and worked as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law from 1993 to 2001. From 2001 to 2002, she was legal advisor to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

In 2002 she hablitated with a thesis on social standards in international law. In addition, she was appointed professor at the University of Cologne in the same year, where she has headed the Institute for Eastern European Law and Comparative Law since 1 October 2002.

In 2010, Angelika Nußberger was elected as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. On 1 February 2017, she was elected Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights. She held this office until January 2020 and was the first German Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights. After her return to the University of Cologne in 2020, she became Director of the newly founded Academy for European Human Rights Protection.

You can find the complete curriculum vitae of Professor Dr. DDr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger here.

Awards and Activities (Selection)

  • Associate of the "Institut de Droit International" (IIL) (since 2023)
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Kolleg-Forschungsruppe (KFG) "Universalism and Particularism in European Contemporary History" of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (since 2022)
  • Chair of the Association of German Constitutional Law Teachers (06.01.2022-06.01.2024)
  • Winner of the Max Friedlaender Award of the Bayrischer Anwaltsverband (Bavarian Bar Association) (2021)
  • International Judge at the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (since 2020)
  • Vicepresident at the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (since 2024)
  • Member of the Venice Commission (2006-2010 & since 2020)
  • Member of the Commission Cour de cassation 2030 of the Republic of France (2020)
  • Honorary Bencher at Lincoln's Inn (since 2020)
  • Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts (since 2019)
  • Honorary Doctorate of the Lucian Blaga University, Romania (2019)
  • Honorary Certificate of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2019)
  • Recipient of the Arthur Burkhardt Award (2019)
  • Member of the French Legion of Honour (2019)
  • Winner of the Schader Prize (2015)
  • Honorary doctorate from Tbilisi State University, Georgia (2010)

Research areas

  • German and European fundamental rights and international human rights
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Impact of international law on the legal development in Central- and Eastern Europe


Public Law | Eastern European law | Public International Law | Social Law | Com­par­a­tive Constitutional Law

Work for scientific journals

  • 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 Board)
  • The European Convention on Human Rights Law Review (Member of the Editorial Advisory Board)
  • Studia Prawnicze (Legal Studies), Journal published quarterly by the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Member of the Editorial Board)
  • Слово Національної школи суддів України (Member of the Editorial Board)

List of publications


Professor Dr. DDr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger M.A.

Academy for European Human Rights Protection

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