I am currently a post-doc at the University of Hamburg and hold a doctorate in law (summa). I passed the state exam in German law (JD equivalent) in 2006 (LL.B. Bucerius Law School, 2003).
I was a young fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) in Bielefeld from 2016-2021; a research fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford in 2019. In 2015 – 2017, I was interim Juniorprofessor in Criminal Law & Criminology at the University of Hamburg. Before, I worked as a researcher at the chair of Prof. Reinhard Merkel, Criminal Law & Legal Philosophy, at the University of Hamburg (2006 – 2012). From 2007-2009, I worjed in a research group on Cognitive Enhancement, hosted by the Europäische Akademie zur Technikfolgenabschätzung.
I was awarded the Young Scholar Award of the International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 2013. My dissertation won the Faculty prize for the best thesis of 2015. In 2019, I was awarded the annual prize for young researchers of the German Academy of Ethics in Medicine (AEM) for a paper on the conflict of traumatherapy and the criminal justice system. Together with my colleague Dr. Geneuss, I was awarded the teaching prize of the Senate of Hamburg in 2022 for our virtual lecture series on the law of sexual offenses.
I have a been a consultant to national ministries such as the German Ministry of Justice and international organizations such as the United Nations or the OSCE.
Other notable moments of these include studies of law & cultural studies at the University of Cape Town, and an internship as a clerk at the then young Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa in Johannesburg (2003). I am also associated with the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences (IDPCC) of the University of Lisbon.
Apart from academia, I run a local arts & culture space with friends, and I am the CEO of Experimental Spaces GmbH, a non-profit that saves inner city properties from gentrification and transforms them to places for community-oriented uses.