Michaela Hailbronner

Research Visitor - Trinity Term 2023


Michaela Hailbronner is a Professor of German and International Public Law and Comparative Law at the University of Münster. Michaela completed two German law degrees at the University of Freiburg and the Kammergericht of Berlin before doing an LL.M. and a J.S.D. (doctorate) at Yale Law School (LL.M. 2010 and J.S.D. 2013). She is involved in a number of international collaborations and part of the advisory board of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON) as well as World Comparative Law (WCL/VRÜ) and in her function as Deputy Secretary General in the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S).

Michaela is interested in the way in which public law frames inter-institutional relationships in different legal systems as well as connected questions of legal history, culture and theory. Her analysis of German constitutionalism against a broader comparative background appeared in a paper that won the I.CON Inaugural Best Paper Award 2014 and in her first book Traditions and Transformations: The Rise of German Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2015). Her more recent work has been in the field of comparative constitutional law and human rights, appearing inter alia in the American Journal of Comparative Law and the University of Toronto Law Journal. She is currently completing a book project on arguments from failure in public law and international law where institutions seek to expand their own powers to grapple with issues other institutions have failed to deal with.