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Jörg Fedtke

A.N. Yiannopoulos Professor in Comparative Law
1st German State Exam, 1995, 2nd German State Exam, 2000, Dr iuris, 1999, University of Hamburg

E-mail: jfedtke@tulane.edu 
Telephone:  504.865.5977Office:  Weinmann Hall, Suite 216-D 

 
 

Biography:

Professor Fedtke joined the Tulane University Law School faculty in time for the start of the Spring 2009 semester.  Professor Fedtke's main interests are public law (both constitutional and administrative), tort law, and comparative methodology.  He was educated at schools in Zambia, the Philippines, and Germany, where he went on to study law and political science.  Following research both at the Institute for International Affairs in Hamburg and the Institute for Foreign and Comparative Law at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, Professor Fedtke was awarded a PhD, summa cum laude, by the University of Hamburg for an extensive analysis of legal transplants in South Africa's Constitutions of 1993 and 1996.

Professor Fedtke joined University College London in 2001 as DAAD/Clifford Chance Lecturer in German Law.  He received a Lectureship in 2002, a Readership in 2004, and was promoted to Professor of Comparative Law in 2007.  Professor Fedtke has also served since 2003 as Visiting Professor at The University of Texas at Austin.  He is also a Fellow of the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL) in Vienna, Austria.  Before joining University College London, Professor Fedtke was a full-time researcher at the University of Hamburg/Germany.

Within the framework of the 'Democratisation Assistance Programme' of the German Foreign Office, Professor Fedtke has provided expert advice on questions of constitutionalism to members of the Iraqi National Assembly and, in the context of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), for the Office of Constitutional Support (OCS) of the United Nations Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).  He has also been involved in research projects for the European Commission (liability for genetically modified crops) and the French Cour de cassation (on the reform of the Code civil).  He is General Editor (with Sir Basil Markesinis) of The University of Texas Studies in Foreign and Transnational Law.  Jointly with Sir Basil, he was awarded the 2005 John Minor Wisdom Award for Academic Excellence in Legal Scholarship for a contribution to Volume 80 of the Tulane Law Review, "The Judge as Comparatist."

Current research projects include the use of comparative methodology in international commercial practice; human rights protection in Germany, the United Kingdom, and on the European level; constitutionalism in post-conflict societies; data protection and access to information; and questions of law reform.  He has published extensively on constitutional law, tort law, and comparative methodology.

Professor Fedtke's CV  

Courses:
Fall 2012 - Torts; Election Law
Spring 2013 - European Union Law:  Constitutional Law
Other courses - European Union Law:  Business Law; Comparative Tort Law Seminar; Comparative Constitutional Law 

 


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Book Chapters
‘Constitutional Transplants – Returning to the Garden’ in: Jane Holder/Colm O’Cinneide (eds), Current Legal Problems (Volume 61), OUP (Oxford, forthcoming 2009), pp. 49-93
‘Economic Loss Caused by GMOs in Germany’ in: Bernhard A. Koch (ed): Economic Loss Caused by Genetically Modified Crops. Liability and Redress for the Adventitious Presence of GMOs in Non-GM Crops, Springer (Vienna/New York 2008), pp. 213-232

'Country Report German Tort Law 2007' in: Helmut Koziol/Barbara Steiniger (eds), European Tort Law 2007, Springer (Vienna/New York 2008), pp. 288-308

'Country Report German Tort Law 2006' in Helmut Koziol/Barbara Steiniger (eds), European Tort Law 2006, Springer (Vienna/New York 2007), pp. 213-236
‘From Indirect to Direct Effect in South Africa: A System in Transition’ in: Dawn Oliver/Jörg Fedtke (eds), Human Rights and the Private Sphere – A Comparative Analysis, Routledge Cavendish (London 2007), pp. 351-377
‘Drittwirkung in Germany’ in: Dawn Oliver/Jörg Fedtke (eds), Human Rights and the Private Sphere – A Comparative Analysis, Routledge Cavendish (London 2007), pp. 125-156
‘Identity Cards and Data Protection: Security Interests and Personal Freedom in Times of Crisis in: Jane Holder/Colm O’Cinneide (eds), Current Legal Problems (Volume 59), OUP (Oxford 2006), pp. 242-276
‘Country Report German Tort Law 2005’ in: Helmut Koziol/Barbara Steiniger (eds), European Tort Law 2005, Springer (Vienna/New York 2006), pp. 281-305
‘State Liability in Times of Budgetary Crisis’ in: Helmut Koziol/Barbara Steiniger (eds), European Tort Law 2005, Springer (Vienna/New York 2006), pp. 42-54
‘Legal Transplants’ in: Jan Smits (ed), Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (2006), pp. 434-437
‘Privacy’ (with Colm O’Cinneide and Myriam Hunter-Henin) in: Jan Smits (ed), Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (2006), pp. 554-565
‘Human Rights in a Federal System’ in Jörg Fedtke/Sir Basil Markesinis (eds), Patterns of Regionalism and Federalism, Hart Publishing (Oxford 2005), pp. 91-107
‘Country Report German Tort Law 2004’ in: Helmut Koziol/Barbara Steiniger (eds), European Tort Law 2004, Springer (Vienna/New York 2005), pp. 300-326
‘Country Report German Tort Law 2003’ in: Helmut Koziol/Barbara Steiniger (eds), European Tort Law 2003, Springer (Vienna/New York 2004), pp. 180-211
‘Contributory Negligence under German Law’ (with Ulrich Magnus) in: Ulrich Magnus/Miquel Martín Casals (eds), Unification of Tort Law: Contributory Negligence, Kluwer International (The Hague 2003), pp. 75-98
‘Country Report German Tort Law 2002’ in: Helmut Koziol/Barbara Steiniger (eds), European Tort Law 2002, Springer (Vienna/New York 2003), pp. 206-230
‘Liability for Damage Caused by Others under German Law’ (with Ulrich Magnus) in: Bernhard A. Koch (ed), Liability for Damage Caused by Others, Kluwer International (The Hague 2003), pp. 105-131
‘The Impact of Social Security Law on Tort Law in Germany’ (with Ulrich Magnus) in: Ulrich Magnus (ed), The Impact of Social Security Law on Tort Law, Springer (Vienna/New York 2003), pp. 86-115
‘Spreading the Gospel (and the name of the Evangelist)’ (with Sir Basil Markesinis and Jonathan Pratter) in: Sir Basil Markesinis, Foreign Law and Comparative Methodology in the Courtroom and the Classroom. The Story of the Last Thirty-Five Years, Hart Publishing (Oxford 2003)
‘Country Report German Tort Law 2001’ in: Helmut Koziol/Barbara Steiniger (eds), European Tort Law 2001, Springer (Vienna/New York 2002), pp. 229-268
‘Strict Liability under German Law’ (with Ulrich Magnus) in: Koziol (ed), Strict Liability, Kluwer International (The Hague 2002), pp. 147-176
‘Non-Pecuniary Loss under German Law’ (with Ulrich Magnus) in: Horton Rogers (ed), Damages for Non-Pecuniary Loss in a Comparative Perspective, Springer (Vienna/New York 2001), pp. 109-128





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