Christoph Möllers

Photo by Jelka von Langen


Program Director of The Future of Democracy

Department of Public Law and Legal Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Christoph is a Professor of Public Law and Jurisprudence at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Permanent Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In his research, he is concerned with German, European, and comparative constitutional law, democratic practices, and theories of social norms. He represented the German Parliament, Federal Council, and Government at the German Federal Constitutional Court. In 2016, Christoph received the Leibniz Prize awarded by the German Research Foundation.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Christoph was the director of the program "The Future of Democracy".


"Freedom is a very fuzzy concept and full of internal contradictions. On the one hand, there is the bodily and rather short-sighted concrete freedom of pursuing our desires and needs. And on the other hand, we have to think of collective freedom – which is much more abstract and long range."

  • What gives you hope?
    The hope of others in worse times.

  • How does change happen?
    In elusive ways, sometimes through those who want to stop it.

  • What is the best advice you ever got?
    Do not think your professors are smarter than your teachers were. (My father before I joined university).


Die Möglichkeit der Normen. Über eine Praxis jenseits von Moralität und Kausalität, 2015

The Three Branches: A Comparative Model of Separation of Powers, 2013

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