Prof. Dr. Nele Matz-Lück

Director and Vice president of the university

Westring 400, R.03.41
Phone: +49 431 880-2083
Telefax: +49 431 880-1619

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Nele Matz-Lück is Professor of Law at the University of Kiel and co-Director of the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law since October 2011.

She specializes in the law of the sea and is a member of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Future Ocean’, of which she is co-spokesperson since November 2017. Since 2014 she also is adjunct professor at the University of Tromsø, Norway. In May of the same year she became deputy member of the Constitutional Court of Schleswig-Holstein, of which she is now, since February 1st, 2018 a full member.

After having graduated from secondary school in Hamburg, Nele Matz-Lück studied law at the universities of Trier, Lausanne and Heidelberg. Following her First State Examination in Heidelberg (1998), she completed a post-graduate course in ‘Environmental Law & Management’ at Aberystwyth University in Wales and was awarded her LL.M. degree in 2000. She came back to Heidelberg to complete her PhD on the subject ‘Means to Coordinate International Treaties’ for which she was honored with the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society. During her doctorate she worked as a research fellow for Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.

After completing her legal clerkship at the High Court of Cologne she passed her Second State Examination in January 2004.

Before receiving an offer of a professorship at the University of Kiel, Nele Matz-Lück became a senior research fellow in the working group of Rüdiger Wolfrum at the Max Planck Institute in 2004. During this time (2005-2007) she also worked at the Federal Constitutional Court as research fellow in the department of Justice Prof. Dr. Dr. Di Fabio. In April 2017, Nele Matz-Lück was awarded her post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) at the University of Heidelberg and received her teaching credentials for Public Law, Public International and European Law.

Nele Matz-Lück regularly gives lectures and presentations in Germany and abroad. In addition to her interest in the law of the sea, her research and publications focus on environmental law, the law of international treaties and comparative constitutional law.