Alumni Fellow

Prof. Dr Isabel Feichtner

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-103
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-mail: feichtner@spam


Prof. Dr. Isabel Feichtner joined the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a  Fellow. She conducted her research in Research Unit 1 'The (Im)Possibility of Cooperation' from April to mid-November 2016.

Research Project at the Centre

The Principle of Common Heritage and Natural Resource Exploitation in the Deep Sea and Outer Space

The project revisits past and examines present negotiations for an international legal regime for deep seabed mining as well as the exploitation of resources in outer space. I, firstly, explore the argument that the principle of common heritage establishes the jurisdictional basis for effective exploitation of natural resources. Secondly, I inquire how this principle may be operationalized today in spaces beyond the territorial jurisdiction of states in order to promote a just resolution of distribution conflicts not only between states, but also between competing societal interests such as material prosperity and conservation of the environment.

Research Interests

  • Transnational Law of Natural Resources
  • International Law and Political Economy
  • Law of Money and Finance

Current Projects

  • Distribution Conflicts in Transnational Resource Law
  • Monetary Sovereignty


Since 2011 Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Faculty of Law
Junior Professor of Law and Economics
2010-2012 German Federal Ministry for the Evironment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Berlin
Legal Advisor on the Reform of International Environmental Governance
09/2010-12/2010 German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin
2010 Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Faculty of Law
Doctor juris
2008-2010 Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany
Senior Research Fellow
2006-2008 New York University, USA
School of Law
Visiting Doctoral Researcher
2004-2006 Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
Internal Legal Advisor
2004 Highest State Court, Berlin
Second State Exam in Law
2000 Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, USA
Master of Law (LL.M.)
1999 Highest State Court, Berlin
First State Exam in Law

Selected Publications

Feichtner, Isabel (2016, forthcoming): Subsidiarity in International Economic Governance: The Promise of WTO Waivers, in: Law and Contemporary Problems 79 (1).

Feichtner, Isabel (2016, forthcoming): Critical Practice and Responsible Scholarship of International Law: How Can the Two Be Reconciled?, in: Leiden Journal of International Law 29.

Feichtner, Isabel (2015, forthcoming): Der Kampf um Rohstoffe im Völkerrecht, in: Verfassung und Recht in Übersee 48 (4).

Feichtner, Isabel (2015): International (Investment) Law and Distribution Conflicts over Natural Resources, in: Stephan Schill, Christian Tams, and Rainer Hofmann (eds.): International Investment Law and Development. Bridging the Gap, Frankfurt Investment and Economic Law Series, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 256–84.           

Feichtner, Isabel (2015): Verteilung in Völkerrecht und Völkerrechtswissenschaft, in: Sigrid Boysen/Anna-Bettina Kaiser/Florian Meinel (eds): Verfassung und Verteilung, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 93–119.

Feichtner, Isabel and Wörsdörfer, Manuel (2014): Introduction: 10 Years Equator Principles—A Transdisciplinary Inquiry, in: Transnational Legal Theory 5 (3): 409–16.

Feichtner, Isabel (2012): The Law and Politics of WTO Waivers. Stability and Flexibility in Public International Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (reissued in paperback 2014).

Feichtner, Isabel (2012): Realizing Utopia Through the Practice of International Law, in: European Journal of International Law 23 (4): 1143–57.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Junior Professor for Law and Economics in the Graduate Programme Law and Economics of Money and Finance; Courses and seminars taught on International Monetary Law, Law of the European Economic and Monetary Union, International Financial Regulation, Law of Development Finance, Law of Sovereign Debt, International Tax Law, Political Economy, Critical Theories of Money and Finance, Self–regulation for Sustainable Finance: The Equator Principles, PhD Colloquium (since 2011)
  • Teaching Assistant to Professor Joseph Weiler for International Economic Law and Public International Law, NYU Law School, USA (2006–2008)

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (2012–2015) 
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of International Law (since 2008)
  • Peer Reviewer for Leiden Journal of International Law; Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law; Journal of World Investment & Trade; Heidelberg Journal of International Law; Routledge; Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (since 2011) 

Seminars and Conferences

  • Organization of an international conference on 'Extractive Industries and Human Rights' (together with Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski) to be held 20–22 July 2016 at Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Organization of a panel on land–grabbing (with Dr. Florian Rödl) at a conference on Christian Ethics, Heppenheim, Germany (2015)
  • Organization of an Interdisciplinary and International Conference on the Equator Principles and Sustainable Finance at Goethe University Frankfurt (with Dr. Manuel Wörsdörfer) (2013)
  • Organization of a workshop on 'Contested Authorities. Law, Development and the International' (with Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann and Dr. Luis Eslava) at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (2013)
  • Organization of a Colloquium on Natural Resource Conflicts at Goethe University Frankfurt (2013)
  • Organization of three interdisciplinary panel discussions on independence and ethics in law and economics at Goethe University Frankfurt (2012)
  • Organization of a Graduate Conference 'Crisis Prevention Through Financial Regulation' at Goethe University Frankfurt (2012)
  • Organization of a workshop on the 'Reform of International Environmental Governance' at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin (2011)


  • Member of the International Research Collaborative on Natural Resource Governance, Inequality and Human Rights of the Law and Society Association
  • Member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Africa Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Member of the American Society of International Law
  • Associated Member of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Normative Orders’ at Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Member of the International Law Association
  • Member of the European Society of International Law


  • First Prize for outstanding teaching of the core course “Law and Economics II” in the MSQ/Ph.D. Programs at GSEFM, Goethe University (2015)
  • Baker&McKenzie Prize for best doctoral dissertation in economic law at Goethe University Frankfurt, (2010)
  • PhD Scholarship from the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany (2008–2009)
  • Louis Henkin Award for Superior Scholarship, Cardozo Law School, New York (2000)
  • Fulbright Scholarship for LL.M Studies at Cardozo Law School, New York (1999–2000)
  • Alona E. Evans Award for second-best memorial at the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C. (1998)

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