Anne Peters

Expert Anne Peters

Anne Peters, Director at the Max Planck Institute (Heidelberg, Germany) for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Anne Peters is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law Heidelberg (Germany), and a professor at the universities of Heidelberg, Freie Universität Berlin, Basel (Switzerland), and William W. Cook Global Law professor at the University of Michigan. She has been a member (substitute) of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) in respect of Germany (2011-2015) and was a legal expert for the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (2009). She was the President of the European Society of International Law (2010-2012), has served on the governance board of various learned societies such as the German Association of Constitutional Law (VDStRl) and the Society of International Constitutional Law (I CON-S), and she is currently Chairwoman of the German Society of International Law (DGIR) as well as the Vice-President of the board of the Basel Institute of Governance (BIG). Anne was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskollegin Berlin (2012/13), and held visiting professorships at the universities of Beijing (Beida), Paris I, Paris II, and Sciences Po. Born in Berlin in 1964, Anne studied at the universities of Würzburg, Lausanne, Freiburg, and Harvard, and held the chair of public international law at the university of Basel from 2001 to 2013. She obtained the Habilitation-qualification at the Walther-Schücking-Institute of Public International Law at the Christian Albrechts University Kiel on the basis of her Habilitation-Thesis "Elemente einer Theorie der Verfassung Europas" (Elements of a Theory of the Constitution of Europe) in 2000.

Her current research interests relate to public international law including its history, global animal law, global governance and global constitutionalism, and the status of humans in international law. So far she has taught international law, human rights law, international humanitarian law, the law of international organizations, EU law, comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory, and Swiss constitutional law.

Among her books are: Beyond Human Rights (CUP 2016); The Freedom of Peaceful Assembly in Europe (2016); Völkerrecht (4th ed 2016); Immunities in the Age of Global Constitutionalism (2015); Jenseits der Menschenrechte: Die Rechtsstellung des Individuums im Völkerrecht (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2014); Transparency in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2013; editor, together with A. Bianchi); Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012; editor, together with B. Fassbender); Conflict of Interest in Global, Public and Corporate Governance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012; editor, together with L. Handschin. D. Högger, assistant editor); Europäische Menschenrechtskonvention: Mit rechtsvergleichenden Bezügen zum deutschen Grundgesetz (Munich: C.H. Beck 2nd ed. 2012; together with T. Altwicker); Völkerrecht: Allgemeiner Teil (Zurich: Schulthess 4th enlarged ed. 2016); The Constitutionalization of International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press expanded. ed. 2011; together with J. Klabbers u. G. Ulfstein); Non-State Actors as Standard Setters (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2009; editor, together with L. Koechlin, T. Foerster, G. Fenner Zinkernagel); Elemente einer Theorie der Verfassung Europas (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 2001); Women, Quotas and Constitutions: A Comparative Study of Affirmative Action for Women in American, German, European Community and International Law (Dordrecht/London/Boston: Kluwer Law International 1999); Das Gebietsreferendum im Völkerrecht: Seine Bedeutung im Licht der Staatenpraxis nach 1989 (Baden-Baden: Nomos 1995).



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