Isabel Feichtner

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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 international economic 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 democratization and commoning. Her monograph "The Law and Politics of WTO Waivers – Stability and Flexibility in Public International Law" was published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press. It gained renewed relevance with regard to recent demands for a TRIPs Waiver to facilitate the global fight against the Covid pandemic. She currently co-edits two volumes to be published in 2022, one on German (post-)colonial law and another on legal constitutions of value(s).

Isabel has joined the THE NEW INSTITUTE in the spring 2022 and will be involved in the programmes "The Future of Democracy" and "The Foundations of Value and Values".

  • What gives you hope?
    Spring awakenings, practices of commoning and scientists turning to mushrooms for answers to questions of coexistence.

  • How does change happen?
    Through resistance.

  • Why have you joined TNI?
    For its promise of time and space for transformative collaboration.


„Verteilung in Völkerrecht und Völkerrechtswissenschaft“, in: Boysen/Kaiser/Meinel (eds), Verfassung und Verteilung, 2015

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

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

"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: Transformations in the Function of Law, 2020

„Gesamtverfassung. Das Verfassungsdenken Helmut Ridders“ (edited with Tim Wihl), 2022

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