Professor Dr. Andreas L. Paulus has been holding the chair for public law, in particular international law, at the Georg-August University of Göttingen since 2006. From March 16, 2010 through June 3, 2022, he served as a justice of the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht), where he was rapporteur inter alia for freedom of art, right of inheritance, intellectual property, guardianship law, gambling law, as well as non-tax levies and local taxes. He is currently substitute member of the Venice Commission for Democracy through Law.
Previously, Paulus served as Counsel for Germany in the LaGrande case (Germany/USA) and Adviser of the German team in the Certain Property case (Liechtenstein/Germany) before the International Court of Justice. In June 2006, Paulus acquired his habilitation at the Ludwig-Maxilimilians-University Munich and received a venia legendi for public law, international and European law, as well as constitutional history and legal philosophy. In June 2000, Paulus was awarded his doctorate also from the LMU Munich. From 2004-2006 Paulus was lecturer there. In the 2003-04 academic year, he taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. He passed his first state examination in law in 1994 and his second state examination in 1996. His law studies had taken him to the Universities of Göttingen, Geneva, Munich and Harvard; he completed internships in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the United Nations and at the Court of Appeal of the Yugoslavia and Rwanda Tribunal, among others. In 2022, Federal President Steinmeier awarded Paulus with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In September 2003, Paulus received the Bavarian Habilitationsförderpreis (Bavarian Habilitation Support Prize). The German Academic Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) had supported his studies and dissertation, the German Academic Exchange Service his studies at the University of Geneva.
His publications deal, inter alia, with the theory of international law, the law of the United Nations, international jurisdiction, human rights, foreign relations law and international criminal law. Paulus is co-editor of the Commentary on the Charter of the United Nations (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed. 2012, 4th ed. expected in 2023, together with Bruno Simma, Daniel-Erasmus Khan and Georg Nolte). His habilitation thesis is entitled Parlament und Streitkräfteeinsatz aus rechtshistorischer und rechtsvergleichender Perspektive“ (Parliament and the deployment of armed forces from a historical and comparative perspective"). His dissertation on "Die internationale Gemeinschaft im Völkerrecht“ (The international community in international law") from the year 2000 was awarded the law faculty prize and was published in 2001.
Paulus has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Goettingen Journal of International Law, which he co-founded, since 2009, he has been on the Advisory Board of Friedens-Warte since 2012 and a member of the Advisory Board of the Israel Law Review since 2015. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Minerva Center for Human Rights in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In 2013 he became a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of PluriCourts - Center for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo. He has been a member of the Council of the German Society for International Law since 2017. Since January 2020 he has been Vice-Chairman of the German Section of the International Lawyers' Commission e.V. He had previously served as its Chairman between 2018 and 2022. Paulus has also been a Vertrauensdozent (liason) for the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Merit Foundation) and currently for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom at the University of Göttingen.