Prof. Helen Hartnell

Emerita Professor Dr. Helen E. Hartnell, Juris Doctor, Ph.D. (Jurisprudence and Social Policy)

  • Freie Universität Berlin – FUBiS Faculty (since 2008)
  • Golden Gate University (San Francisco), Emerita Professor of Law (since 2013), Professor of Law (1997-2013)
  • University of Cyprus, Faculty of Law, Visiting Professor (2018)
  • Harvard Law School, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Visiting Scholar (2013-2014)
  • University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, Centre of Excellence: Foundations of European Law and Polity, Fulbright Guest Professor (2012)
  • Freie Universität Berlin, DAAD-Gastprofessorin für Anglo-Amerikanisches Recht (WS 2006/07)
  • Universität zu Köln, Visiting Scholar & Dozent (2004-2007)
  • Harvard Law School, European Law Research Center/Graduate Division, Visiting Scholar and Instructor (1996-1997)
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law (Dallas), Visiting Associate Professor (1995)
  • Central European University (Budapest), Associate Professor of Law (1992-1995)
  • ELTE Law School (Budapest), Visiting Associate Professor (1992-1994)
  • Tulane Law School (New Orleans), Associate Professor (1988-1992)
  • Prior to 1988: private law practice in the United States and in Germany

Akademische Ausbildung:

  • University of California (Berkeley), Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP), 2018
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Juris Doctor (magna cum laude), 1980
  • University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science in Psychology (cum laude), 1976


  • Legal Elites in Transnational/European Governance
  • European Law & Politics (Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, regulation, electoral law)
  • The Politics of Civil Justice (procedural law, private international law, administration of justice)
  • Legal Institutions & Judicial Politics
  • Comparative Federalism
  • Regional Integration in Comparative Perspective
  • Law & Development


  • Law, Society and Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • European Union (Law & Politics)
  • Sociology of Law
  • Comparative Law
  • International Economic Law (International Trade Regulation; International Business Transactions)
  • Private International Law (Transnational Litigation) & Arbitration
  • Comparative Constitutional Law (Equality & Non-discrimination; Civil Rights & Liabilities)
  • Contracts & Sales
  • The U.S. Legal System

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