Prof. em. Dr. Christoph Vedder


Former Chair for Public Law, Public International and European Law as well as Sports Law at the University of Augsburg Law School

Christoph Vedder was appointed to the Chair of Public Law, Public International Law and European Law as well as Sports Law at the University of Augsburg, Germany in 1996. In 2001 he was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair on European Law ad personam. He studied law and history in Göttingen, Geneva, Switzerland and Nice, France and graduated from the University of Göttingen. In 1978 he earned his doctoral degree from the University of Göttingen with a thesis on the foreign relations law of the EC. In 1989 he submitted his habilitation thesis on interstate compacts concluded by the German federal states and received his habilitation degree from the University of Munich in 1989.

He served as Personal Assistant to the President of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science from 1978 till 1981 and was member of the Organizing Committee of the 11th Olympic Congress in 1981 and 1982, among others serving as liaison officer to the International Olympic Committee. As of 1982 he was Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public International Law of the University of Munich under the auspices of Professor Bruno Simma, later judge at the International Court of Justice. From 1989 to 1992 he was lecturing member of the law school faculties at the Universities of Munich, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Augsburg and Greifswald.

Professor Vedder held the chair for Public Law, Public International Law and European Law at the University of Bielefeld from 1992 to 1996. He has been visiting scholar at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, the Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was visiting professor at the University of Graz, Austria and the Kant University of Kaliningrad, Russia as well as at the Universities of Oslo and Bergen, Norway and the University Law School in Bratislava, Slovakia. He was teaching in various postgraduate courses, such as Foreign Relations Law of the EU in the LL.M. Program in European Law and the MBA Program at the University of Leiden, Netherlands until 2007 and, still, the LL.M. Program in European Law at the Europa-Institut of the University of Saarbrücken, Germany. As of 2014 Vedder teaches WTO law at the Foreign Trade University of Vietnam at Hanoi.

Professor Vedder taught German constitutional law, public international law and European law, including international economic law. Many of his publications are in the area of the external relations of the EU and the relationship between public international law and both European law and national law as well as on federalism on a domestic and comparative basis. He presented a German national report to the 2006 FIDE Conference. In 2007 a commentary on the European Constitutional Treaty, co-authored and co-edited by Professor Vedder was published. The second edition of a commentary on the Union Treaties and a commentary on the European Economic Area Agreement, both co-authored by him, will be published in 2017.

As a former member of the International Law Association's Committee on Water Resources Law, he run a research project on international water law. As of 1981 he is a leading researcher and practitioner in international sports law, presently member of the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, and from 1997 to 2004 Chairman of the Arbitration Panel of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). In 2004 he was elected member of the Commission for the Settlement of Disputes related to Confidentiality of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The Hague, and served as its chairman in 2009 and 2010. In 2016 he was elected again member of that Commission.

From 1994 through 2014 he was member and later chairman of the Steering Committee of the Eon-Ruhrgas Fellowship Program under the auspices of both the Research Council of Norway and the German Donors Association for the Promoting of Science and Humanities (Stifterverband). He was member of the Program Committee for the Eon Fellowship Program in energy sciences from 2014 to 2017 and serves in various committees of the Norwegian Research Council. He served as Dean of the Augsburg University Law School from 1999 to 2001 and Vice Dean for the two subsequent years. He was Senator of the Augsburg University from 1999 to 2004 and member of various university and faculty committees. On behalf of the German Stifterverband he evaluated legal and interdisciplinary programs with international distinction. Professor Vedder organized various international congresses and fora. He has considerable experience in advising private companies and public authorities including the German Federal Government which he represented before the Federal Constitutional Court. He is quoted by leading German and international newspapers and public broadcasting channels, including BBC World Service.