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Timo Laven

After graduating from high school in 2015, Timo Laven began studying law at the University of Cologne in 2015. He completed his major in criminology in February 2021, after passing the state exam in March 2020. During his studies, he grew interested in public law, especially constitutional law and the points of contact between law and politics.

Since January 2020, he worked as a student assistant for Prof. Dr. Haferkamp at the Institute for Modern History of Private Law, German and Rhenish Legal History. Confronted more intensively with research in legal history for the first time, the desire to conduct research on recent constitutional history in his own dissertation arose there. Since June 2021, he has been working as a research assistant at the Institute for East European Law and Comparative Law and is doing his doctorate on a constitutional law topic with legal historical and interdisciplinary connections.

In his free time, he plays tennis, jogs or cooks together with friends

Areas of research

  • Constitutional law

  • Legal History

  • Political Theory

  • Social Rights




Current research project

Currently, Timo is working on his dissertation on the topic "Socialisation and Public Economy in the Context of Article 15 Basic Law".


Timo Laven
Research Assistant

Kerpener Str. 30
50937 Köln

Telephone +49 221 470-2131
E-mail t.laven(at)