Isabel Feichtner



Institute of International Law, European Law and European Private Law, University of Würzburg


Isabel is Professor of Public Law and International Economic Law at the University of Würzburg. Her research interests cover the distributive effects of law, the democratization of society, and the law of the commons and commoning. She explores how institutional experiments, e.g. the redesign of money or Commons Public Partnerships, can support social-ecological transformation through democratization and commoning. Her monograph, The Law and Politics of WTO Waivers: Stability and Flexibility in Public International Law, published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press, gained renewed relevance with regard to recent demands for a TRIPS Waiver to facilitate the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. She recently co-edited two volumes published in 2023 – one on German (post-)colonial law and the other on legal constitutions of value. Isabel founded the Law Clinic Transformation Law at Würzburg University.

Isabel joined THE NEW INSTITUTE in the Academic Year 2023/24 as the Chair in the program Reclaiming Common Wealth.


Gesamtverfassung. Das Verfassungsdenken Helmut Ridders
(ed., with Tim Wihl), 2022

Law of Natural Resource Extraction and Money as Key to Understanding Global Political Economy and Potential for Its Transformation
in: Poul Kjaer (ed.), The Law of Political Economy: Transformation in the Function of Law, 2020

Mining for Humanity in the Deep Sea and Outer Space: The Role of Small States and International Law in the Extraterritorial Expansion of Extraction
in: Leiden Journal of International Law, 2019

Public Law’s Rationalization of the Legal Architecture of Money: What Might Legal Analysis of Money Become?
in: German Law Journal, 2016

Verteilung in Völkerrecht und Völkerrechtswissenschaft
in: Sigrid Boysen, Anna-Bettina Kaiser, Florian Meinel (eds.), Verfassung und Verteilung, 2015

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