Dr. Angela Schwerdtfeger, Germany
"I really love the atmosphere at Michigan Law. The faculty is incredibly friendly, caring, and supportive—smiles are everywhere! I especially appreciate the close contact with professors who take time to listen to you and discuss your research. Furthermore, I enjoyed the numerous lectures and events offered beyond the regular curriculum. I was able to make friends with so many interesting international and American persons—friendships that will probably last beyond my return to Germany."
Research Focus: To add a comparative perspective to her German habilitation treatise, which deals with legislation in crisis situations, Schwerdtfeger's project seeks to review the science of legislation and to adapt it to current challenges. Anti-terrorism legislation as well as legislation dealing with the financial crisis serve as practical examples. The first part of Schwerdtfeger's project focuses on the legislative process, while the second is dedicated to the drafting of statutory provisions. Building upon these two areas, a third part draws consequences for the concept and function of statutes and their role within the whole system of legal acts, as well as for the separation of powers. Each part of the project also pays particular attention to supranational influences as well as the handling of the examined issues at the European Union level. Her current project is funded by the German Research Foundation.
About Schwerdtfeger: Schwerdtfeger serves as a postdoctoral scientific assistant at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany (Chair for Public Law, European Law and Public International Law – Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration, Prof. Dr. Matthias Ruffert). She studied law at the University of Trier, Germany, and the Université Lumière – Lyon 2, France, and later worked as a scientific assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Meinhard Schröder, University of Trier. Her award-winning doctoral thesis, written on the impact of the Aarhus Convention on German administrative procedural law, Der Deutsche Verwaltungsrechtsschutz unter dem Einfluss der Aarhus-Konvention, was published in 2010. Schwerdtfeger passed her legal clerkship in Berlin, working inter alia at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Department for EU Law) and the German Attorney General at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Prof. Dr. Juliane Kokott. She received her Second State Examination with honors from the Senator of Justice for the State of Berlin. Schwerdtfeger researches, teaches, and publishes in the areas of public law, EU law, and public international law.
Visitor during the 2013-2014 academic year.