Professor Jorg Terhechte
- Professor in European and International Economic Law, Honorary Professor, Honorary Professor (School of Law)
Professor Jörg Philipp Terhechte joined the School of Law in 2018. He is a leading expert in European and international economic law with a strong focus on European public law and competition & trade. Professor Terhechte is also a renowned higher education champion and university manager. He is, inter alia, academic director and chairman of the academic board of the ‘European Centre for Advanced Studies (ECAS)’, a new institution jointly established by the University of Glasgow and Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany), and the managing director of the Institute for European Integration, since 1978 a leading research institution in the area of European law in Germany, and member of the founding board of ‘Stiftung Europa-Kolleg’, Hamburg. He is also Chair for Public Law, European and International Law at Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2012 and was elected Vice President of this university since 2016. In addition, since 2013 he heads the Leuphana Professional School, today one of the leading interdisciplinary institutions for executive education in Germany. In the past, he advised many universities, especially on new developments in executive education and third mission & internationalization strategies.
Professor Terhechte studied law, economics, and philosophy at the University of Bielefeld. After the first state exam in law (2000) he obtained his Ph.D. in Law (Dr. iur., s.c.l.) in 2003. He finished his legal clerkship at, among others, the German Federal Competition Authority, Bonn, Coudert Brothers LLP in Brussels and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in Washington D.C. with the second state exam (bar exam) in 2005. He was appointed as Assistant Professor at Bielefeld University in 2004 and at the Department for EU Law at Hamburg University in 2006. In 2006 he was a DAAD-Postdoc fellow at the George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. and an International Antitrust fellow at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. In 2008 he was a DAAD-Postdoc fellow at the University of Oxford, Institute for European and Comparative Law. He was promoted Full Professor for Public and European Law in 2011.
He has held visiting positions at universities and public institutions in the United States of America (George Washington University Law School, Georgetown Law Center & U.S. Federal Trade Commission), the United Kingdom (University of Glasgow & University of Oxford), the Netherlands (University of Utrecht & Radboud University Nijmegen), Indonesia (University of Bandung) and Mongolia (State University of Mongolia & University of the Humanities). In 2016 and 2018, he was Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Furthermore, he worked as an adjunct professor of law at the Charles University, Prague (2006-2015), at the ‘Europa-Kolleg Hamburg’ (since 2006), and at the China-Europe School of Law, Bejing (2008-2012). He is a visiting professor at St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law since 2009 (LL.M. Programme in International and German Economic Law). In 2015 he was appointed Honorary Professor by the University Court of the University of Glasgow.
His main fields of research are public law, European law (especially European public law, competition & trade, and the EU's foreign relations) and international law (especially WTO law and international competition law, investment protection law, state immunity and international administrative law).
He published more than 20 books and approximately 300 articles, book chapters, commentaries and shorter notes on a wide range of international and European legal questions. Some of his German and English publications have been translated into Korean, Chinese, Czech, Russian and Mongolian. Since 2010, Professor Terhechte is an editor of the ‘European Yearbook of International Economic Law (EYIEL)’. Since 2018, he is one of the three senior editors of the ‘von der Groeben Commentary on EU law’ a leading publication in European law (four volumes with approximately 8.500 pages and 175 authors) which was first published in 1958. Besides that, he is editor (‘Schriftleiter’) of the ‘Enzyklopädie des Europarechts’ (Encyclopaedia of European Law), a 10-volume publication (2. Ed. 2019/2020).The second edition of his edited book on European administrative law (‘Verwaltungsrecht der EU’, 1. Ed. 2011, 1.504 pp.) will be published in summer 2019. His Handbook on International Competition Enforcement (1. Ed. 2008, 2.300 pp.) covers 60 jurisdictions and was characterized as the seminal work in the field. Most recently, he works on a monograph on the concept of unity in the EU and a project on the accountability of international judges (with Christian J. Tams).
In addition to his academic work, Professor Terhechte frequently advises a wide range of clients and stakeholders in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (CIArb), London (Cert. Int. Com. Arb.). He represented clients before many institutions including the European Commission, the German Constitutional Court and civil courts and testified in hearings of various German parliaments (Hessia, Thuringia). Professor Terhechte acts as advisor to the government of Lower Saxony since 2018 (Department for Federal and European Affairs).
He is, inter alia, a member of the German Society of European Law (since 2016 member of the steering group), Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration, the International Law Association, the Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA), the Scottish Competition Forum, and at the Scientific Advisory Board (Arbeitskreis Kartellrecht) at the German Federal Competition Authority.
Public Law: state and administrative law, economic administrative law, antitrust and regulation law, Europeanization of national state and administrative law, natural resources law
European Law: European constitutional law, European economic law (especially antitrust and regulation law, common trade policies, customs law), European administrative law, foreign relations
International Law: international economic law (especially WTO law and international competition law), investment protection law, state immunity, international administrative law
Prof. Terhechte attracted in the last years more than € 2,5 million in external funding for his own research projects from German and European sources, incl. the European Commission, the German Research Council, the German External Exchange Service (DAAD), the Volkswagen foundation and the Fritz Thyssen foundation. He is also very experienced in managing large strategic funds and collaborative projects with private industry. At Hamburg University he was part of a European team that successfully applied for a € 35 million fund from the European Commission to establish a new law faculty in China (‘China-Europe School of Law’), which continues to operate.
In addition, from 2013 until 2017, he was part of the senior management team that had the task of implementing a major EU incubator project at Leuphana University (total investment volume approx. € 98 million) and was directly responsible for the implementation of four important projects/sub measures: 3.2. ‘Implementation of a Leuphana continuing education model’ (€ 1,732 million), 1.5. ‘Case Studies’ (€ 1, 093 million), 2.3. ‘E-Learning Contents’ (€ 990.000) and 2.4.‘Creation of management and advisory capacity’ (€ 54.000). All projects were, according to an evaluation of the OECD, highly successful. In addition, he secured more than € 500.000 (student fellowships & administrative costs) from DAAD for the LL.M. double-degree programme ‘International Economic Law’ (Lüneburg/Glasgow). Under his leadership, Leuphana Professional School has developed twelve new study programmes and tripled the number of students as well as its turnover. He developed an ambitious expansion plan for the Professional School which contains the introduction of ten new interdisciplinary master programmes within the next two years.
Professor Terhechte is interested in supervising research students in public law, European law or international law, and in particular in the following areas: public law (especially constitutional and administrative law, economic administrative law, antitrust and regulation law, natural resources law), European law (especially cartel and regulation law, common trade policies, customs law, European administrative law and the EU's foreign relations) and international law (especially WTO law and international competition & cartel law, investment protection law, state immunity and international administrative law).
Research students under supervision
Sören Sommer - 'German-French Armament Cooperation and Export Control in the context of the European Defence Policy'
- Terhechte, J.P. (2011) International Cartel and Merger Enforcement Law between Co-operation and Convergence, Springer: Berlin/Heidelberg, XIII, 96 S. PDF.
- Terhechte, J.P. (2011) Konstitutionalisierung und Normativität der europäischen Grundrechte, Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen, X, 107 S. PDF.
- Terhechte, J.P. (2008) OPEC und europäisches Wettbewerbsrecht – Zugleich ein Beitrag zum Phänomen der Fragmentierung des internationalen Wirtschaftsrechts, Nomos: Baden-Baden, 160 S. PDF.
- Terhechte, J.P. (2004) Die ungeschriebenen Tatbestandsmerkmale des europäischen Wettbewerbsrechts (Diss. jur.), Band 299 der Schriftenreihe Europäisches Recht, Politik und Wirtschaft, Nomos: Baden-Baden, 436 S. PDF.