I hold a doctorate in law from the University of Hamburg (summa). I passed the state exam in German law (JD equivalent) in 2006. I also have a LL.B. from Bucerius Law School.
I am post-doc at the University of Hamburg, and a young fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) in Bielefeld.
In 2019, I was a research fellow at a project on neurointerventions in the criminal justice system at the University of Oxford. From 2015 – 2017, I was an 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 was member of a research group on Cognitive Enhancement, hosted by the Europäische Akademie zur Technikfolgenabschätzung.
Other notable moments of these parts of life include a fellowship at the Brocher Foundation in Geneve (2013), 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.
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.
Apart from academia, I run a local arts & culture space with friends, and I am the CEO of Experimental Spaces GmbH, a non-profit company that saves inner city properties from gentrification and transforms them to places for community-oriented uses.