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Anne van Aaken
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Germany (affiliated)

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Prof. Dr. iur. et lic. rer.pol. Anne van Aaken is Professor for Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Public International Law and European Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Before that she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Research of Collective Goods as well as at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. She holds a Master in Law from the University of Munich, a PhD in Law from the University of Frankfurt/Oder, a habilitation from the University of Osnabrück, a master degree in Economics and a diploma in communication science from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and is admitted to the bar in Germany. She was a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and Yale Law School. She taught as a guest professor at several universities in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia and was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, Germany in 2010/11. She is the Vice-President of the European Association of Law and Economics, Member of the Executive Board of ESIL, Chair of the Programmatic Steering Board of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law and Member of the ILA Committee on Non-State Actors. Her main research areas are international law with a special focus on international economic law and its interaction with other areas of international law, (international) legal theory, (behavioural) law and economics as well as corruption and state liability. She has published widely on those topics. She has been an expert consultant for the World Bank, the OECD and UNCTAD.
Key Publications: 
Rational Choice in der Rechtswissenschaft. Zum Stellenwert der ökonomischen Theorie im Recht Dissertation (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2003)
Anne van Aaken/ Tom Ginsburg/ Christoph Engel (Eds.) International Law and Economics, Symposium Issue, Illinois Law Review (2008) Issue 1
Deliberative institutional economics, or Does Homo oeconomicus argue?: A pro-posal for combining new institutional economics with discourse theory. Philos-ophy & Social Criticism (2002) 28(4), pp. 361-394
Genügt das deutsche Recht den Anforderungen der VN-Konvention gegen Kor-ruption? Eine rechtsvergleichende Studie zur politischen Korruption unter be-sonderer Berücksichtigung der Rechtslage in Deutschland. (ZaöRV) (2005) 65 (2), pp. 407-446.
Making International Human Rights Protection More Effective: A Rational Choice Approach to the Effectiveness of Provisions of Ius Standi. In: Conferences on New Political Economy, Vol. 23 (2006), pp. 29-58
Transnationales Kooperationsrecht nationaler Aufsichtsbehörden als Antwort auf die Herausforderung globalisierter Finanzmärkte. In: Christoph Möllers/ Andreas Voßkuhle/ Christian Walter (Eds.) Internationalisierung des Verwaltungsrechts, 2007, pp. 219-258
Funktionale Rechtswissenschaftstheorie für die gesamte Rechtswissenschaft: Eine Skizze. In: Matthias Jestaedt/ Oliver Lepsius (Eds.) Rechtswissenschaftstheorie (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008) pp. 79-104.
Fragmentation of International Law: The Case of International Investment Pro-tection. Finnish Yearbook of International Law (2008) Vol. XVII, pp. 91-130.
Effectuating Public International Law Through Market Mechanisms? Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE) (2009) 165(1), pp. 33-57
International Investment Law Between Commitment and Flexibility: A Contract Theory Analysis. Journal of International Economic Law (2009), 12(2), pp. 507-538
Defragmentation of International Law through Constitutional Interpretation: A Methodological Proposal. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (2009) 16(2), pp. 483–512
Independent Electoral Management Bodies - Any Impact on the Observed Level of Democracy? A Conceptual Framework. 20 Constitutional Political Economy, Issue 3/4 (2009), pp. 296–322
Prudence or Discrimination? Emergency Measures, the Global Financial Crisis and International Economic Law. 12 Journal of International Economic Law (2009), Issue 4, pp. 859-894 (with Jürgen Kurtz),
Accountability and Independence of International Election Observers. 6 Interna-tional Organizations Law Review (2009) (with Richard Chambers), pp. 541-580
Can International Economic Law Constrain Protectionism? (long version) In: Simon Evenett/ Bernard Hoekman/ Olivier Cattaneo (Eds.) Effective Crisis Re-sponse and Openness: Implications for the Trading System (Washington DC: EBRD Publication, 2009), pp. 53
Balancing of Human Rights - Constitutional Interpretation in International Law. In: Miodrag Jovanovic (Ed.) Human Rights Today – 60 Years of the Uni-versal Declaration (2010), pp. 51-67.
Primary and Secondary Remedies in Investment Arbitration and State Liability: A Functional and Comparative View. In: Stephan Schill (Ed.) International In-vestment Law and Comparative Public Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010), pp. 721-754.
Do Independent Prosecutors Deter Political Corruption? An Empirical Evalua-tion across 78 Countries. In: 12 American Law and Economics Review (2010), Issue 1, pp. 204-244 (with Stefan Voigt and Lars Feld)
Opportunities for and Limits to an Economic Analysis of International Econom-ic Law. In: Transnational Corporations Review (March 2011), online: (Refereed journal), pp. 27-46.
A Functional Approach to International Constitutionalism: The Value Added of a Social Science Contribution. In: 127 ARSP Beiheft (2012), pp. 155-171.
Better Politics qua stricter Transparency Provisions for Parliamentarians? A Cross Country Assessment, in: 12 Economics of Governance 4 (2011), pp. -324 (with Stefan Voigt)
Trust, Verify or Incentivize? Effectuating Public International Law Regulating Public Goods Through Market Mechanisms, 104th Proceedings of the American Society of International Law, 2011, pp. 153-156.
International Law: Rational Choice, in: Oxford Bibliographies Online, Oxford University Press, 2012 (peer-reviewed): available at:
Sustainable Development and International Investment Law: An Harmonious View from Economics. In: World Trade Forum/UNCTAD (Eds): New Directions and Emerging Challenges in International Investment Law and Policy (CUP, 2013)