Angelika Nussberger

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Angelika Nußberger
President (Section V) of the
European Court of Human Rights
Assumed office
13 November 2013
Judge of the European Court of Human Rights
in respect of Germany
Assumed office
1 January 2011
Preceded by Renate Jaeger
Personal details
Born (1963-06-01) 1 June 1963 (age 53)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Nationality German
Alma mater Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, University of Würzburg
Profession Professor at the University of Cologne

Angelika Helene Anna Nußberger (born 1 June 1963 in Munich) is a German jurist and scholar of Slavonics, and has been the judge representing Germany at the European Court of Human Rights since 1 January 2011. She had previously been Prorector of the University of Cologne and Director of its Institute of Eastern European Law.

Early life[edit]

Nußberger was born in Munich, the capital of the southern-German state of Bavaria, and studied Slavonics at the University of Munich from 1982 to 1987 and Law from 1984 to 1989 at the same university. She passed the first state legal exam in Munich in 1989 and the second in Heidelberg in 1993, being awarded a doctorate that year by the University of Würzburg for a dissertation on Soviet constitutional law during the transition period.


From 1993 to 2001, Nußberger worked at the Max Planck Society Institute for International and Comparative Social Law, including a period spent at Harvard University from 1994 to 1995. From 2001 to 2002, she worked as a legal adviser at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

In 2002, Nußberger achieved her habilitation, the highest academic qualification a scholar can achieve in Germany, with a thesis on public international law. That year, she was appointed Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cologne, and has led the Institute for Eastern European Law since then. In 2009, she was appointed Prorector (deputy to the Rector) of the university with the newly created position of Prorector for Academic Careers, Diversity and Internationality. She has been a member of the International Labour Organization's Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations from 2004 to 2010, and a substitut member of the Council of Europe's Venice Commission from 2003 to 2010. In 2010, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Tbilisi State University in Georgia.

On 22 June 2010, Nußberger was elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to be the judge representing Germany at the European Court of Human Rights, succeeding Renate Jaeger, previously judge of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. In the election, she beat Bertram Schmitt, among others. She took up office on 1 January 2011.[1]

Nußberger has been serving as Vice-President of the Court since February 2017, under the leadership of president Guido Raimondi.[2]


Nußberger's research interests focus on the states of Central and Eastern Europe, and encompass the development of constitutional law in these states, and particularly in Russia; the development of jurisdiction of constitutional courts; the influence of public international law on development of domestic law; international social law; and the post-Soviet transformation of the countries' social security systems.

Other activities[edit]




  • Sozialstandards im Völkerrecht. Eine Studie zu Entwicklung und Bedeutung der Normsetzung der Vereinten Nationen, der Internationalen Arbeitsorganisation und des Europarats zu Fragen des Sozialschutzes (Social standards in public international law: a study of the development and significance of the standards set by the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation and the Council of Europe with regard to social protection), Berlin 2005 ISBN 3-428-12009-4
  • Das Völkerrecht: Geschichte, Institutionen, Perspektiven,(Public International Law. History, Institutions, Outlook) München 2009, ISBN 978-3-406-56278-5.
  • Das System Putin. Gelenkte Demokratie und politische Justiz in Russland (The Putin System: controlled democracy and political justice in Russia), (with Margareta Mommsen) Munich 2007, ISBN 3-406-54790-7.
  • Verfassungskontrolle in der Sowjetunion und in Deutschland. Eine rechtsvergleichende Gegenüberstellung des Komitet Konstitucionnogo Nadzora und des Bundesverfassungsgerichts (Constitutional controls in the Soviet Union and in Germany: a comparative study of the confrontation between the Komitet Konstitucionnogo Nadzora and the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany), Baden-Baden 1994, ISBN 3-7890-3262-X.


  • Einführung in das russische Recht, (Introduction to Russian Law) München 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-48391-2.
  • Bewusstes Erinnern und bewusstes Vergessen. Der juristische Umgang mit der Vergangenheit in den Ländern Mittel- und Osteuropas, (Conscious remembrance and conscious oblivion. The legal approach of handling the history in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe), (with Caroline von Gall), Tübingen 2011, ISBN 978-3-16-150862-2.