Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Prof. Dr. Matthias Ruffert



Publications (May 2020)

Fields of Research 

  • European Constitutional Law

  • European Administrative Law

  • Globalisation and Global Governance

  • Public Economic Law, Law of Regulation and Environmental Law


Current Research Projects


Commentary of the TEU and TFEU


9783406686023_large.jpg "Kommentar zu EUV und AEUV mit GRCh"
in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Christian Calliess


The Law of Administrative Organisation of the EU - A Comparative Study 

The project proposed aims at developing a law of administrative organisation for the EU following a comparative study of the US administration. The growing differentiation of the administration of the EU is one of the most pertinent developments in the European integration process. The ongoing agencification is most visible, but there are other important features such as the structural change of the Commission, the establishment of an administrative framework of the Council or the transferral of administrative tasks to the European Central Bank. The analysis of this development is far advanced in terms of description and scrutiny of single matters such as judicial review, liability and legitimacy. There is however no comprehensive conceptualisation. In many Member States' administrative jurisdictions a field of the law of administrative organisation can be discerned. Nonetheless, the relevant law of the EU cannot be considered as a synthesis of these jurisdictions. It is expected that new insights can be gained from a comparison with the legal structure of administration in the US, given that it represents an administration comparable in size and with structural parallels such as the existence of independent agencies, the problem of oversight, the construction of interagency relationship and the issue of administrative federalism.In terms of methods, the project does not aim at a schematic transfer of institutions and models from one legal system to the other, but at the advancement of EU law mirrored in an analysis of the US law of administrative organisation. The results of the 2 ½ year project shall be presented in a monograph in English; summary elements shall be published in a paper in German.


Cooperation partner:

Susan Rose-Ackerman, PhD, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence, Law School and Department of Political Science, Yale University


funded by:  Unbenannt


Dornburg Research Group

Debates on the reform of administrative law in European countries are usually conducted from a national perspective and with varying intensity. In view of the considerable effects that the respective discussion has on the methods of administrative law science, it seems extremely worthwhile to examine these developments in a European context.

To this end, a long-term cross-border exchange between administrative law scholars, primarily from the three European legal circles of Germany, England and France, was initiated in Dornburg near Jena in 2005. In 2007, academics from Italy and Spain joined, as well as one member each from the Netherlands and Sweden.

More information can be found on the Dornburg Research Group website.



Completed Research Projects

More information about the completed research projects of Prof. Dr. Ruffert can be found here.