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Dr. Thomas Wischmeyer


Academic Career

  • 2014 – : Akademischer Rat (Senior Research Fellow) and Postdoc at the Institute for Staatswissenschaft and Philosophy of Law, Department 1 (Staatswissenschaft)
  • 2014: Dr. iur., Freiburg University, Faculty of Law (summa cum laude)
  • Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School
  • 2010 – 2014 : Research Fellow at the Institute (with Prof. Dr. Voßkuhle)
  • 2010: Law Clerk at the Federal Constitutional Court, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2010: Second State Exam in Law
  • 2008 – 2010: Judicial Clerkship, Higher Regional Court of Justice, Karlsruhe
  • 2008: First State Exam in Law (Freiburg)
  • 2002 – 2008: Studies in Law in Freiburg, Kraków and Lausanne 

Academic Honors / Scholarships / Awards

  • from August 2016: Emile Noël Fellow at the New York University School of Law & DAAD Visiting Fellow, New York, USA
  • 2015: Carl-von-Rotteck-Award, Freiburg University, Faculty of Law, for the best dissertation of the academic year
  • 2010 – 2013: PhD Scholarship: German National Academic Foundation (“Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“)
  • 2008: Konrad Hesse Award, University of Freiburg, Faculty of Law, for the Best First State Exam in 2008
  • 2002 – 2008: Scholarships by the German National Academic Foundation, the Max Weber Program of the Free State of Bavaria, and the German Academic Exchange Service


Main Fields of Research

  • Law of the Information Society (Information Security, Privacy, Transnational Administrative Law); Legal and Constitutional Theory; German and European Constitutional Law


Recent Publications



  • Die Verfassung der Mitte [Constitutional Centrism], Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung, Reihe „Themen“, München 2016 (with Andreas Voßkuhle).
  • Die Kosten der Freiheit. Grundrechtsschutz und Haushaltsautonomie [The Costs of Freedom. The Budgetary Dimension of Fundamental Rights Protection], Mohr Siebeck 2015.
  • Zwecke im Recht des Verfassungsstaates. Geschichte und Theorie einer Denkfigur [„Purpose” and the Law of the Constitutional State. History and Theory of a Concept], Mohr Siebeck 2015.
    Received the Carl-von-Rotteck-Prize (Freiburg Law Faculty) for the year's best dissertation in law.


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  • Since 2014: Member of the International Society of Public Law
  • Since 2010: Member of the Selection Committee of the German National Academic Foundation