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Erik Tuchtfeld

Research Fellow

Main Fields of Research:

Comparative European Constitutional Law, in particular European Constitutional Courts; International Human Rights Law

Academic Career:

since 10/2020: LL.M. by research-student at the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security

since 09/2020: Editor at the Verfassungsblog

since 08/2020: Research Fellow at the MPIL

since 04/2019: Editor at the Völkerrechtsblog

10/2014 to 07/2020: Legal Studies at the University of Heidelberg with a special focus on Public International Law

  • Internships at the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) and the Hamburg Office of Hogan Lovells International LLP (Practice Group: Data Protection Law)
  • European Law Moot Court 2016 (2nd place at the Regional Final in Maastricht)

10/2017 to 07/2020: Student Research Assistant at the MPIL in the Ius Publicum Europaeum-project

08/2016 to 07/2017: Exchange Year at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Recent Publications

  • Keine Pflicht zur Drohne. In: FAZ Einspruch, 20.08.2020. (with Florian Kriener) Open Access-Link
  • Das Recht auf Schutz der Privatsphäre im Cyberspace. In: StudZR WissOn 2, 389-419 (2018). Open Access
  • Zur Notwendigkeit einer Verbandsklage im AGG. In: Zeitschrift für Rechtspolitik (ZRP) 5, 139-141 (2018) (with Sarah Ponti). beck-online


  • Towards a European Court of Fundamental Rights: How the European Court of Justice Becomes the Last Instance of Fundamental Rights Adjudication in Europe. Verfassungsblog, 19 October 2020. Open Access
  • Introducing Völkerrechtsblog 3.0. Völkerrechtsblog, 14 September 2020 (with Raffaela Kunz, Christian Pogies). Open Access
  • Grundrechte schützen – eine grenzenlose Verpflichtung?. Völkerrechtsblog, 23 January 2020. doi: 10.17176/20200124-061640-0. Open Access
  • Marktplätze, soziale Netzwerke und die BVerfG-Entscheidung zum "III. Weg". Verfassungsblog, 26 May 2019. Open Access
  • Filtering fundamental rights. Völkerrechtsblog, 25 March 2019. doi: 10.17176/20190325-151801-0. Open Access
  • There is no such thing as a German ISIS fighter?. JuWiss, 06 March 2019. Open Access
  • Why International Investment Law is not violated by the GDPR. Völkerrechtsblog, 05 November 2018. doi: 10.17176/20181106-100851-0 (with Lars Borchardt). Open Access


12 Oct 2020

Schrems II and the Level of Protection of the Right to Privacy outside of the European Union

In the "Referentenbesprechung", the Schrems II-decision by the ECJ was presented with regard to its legal basis, the critique of the judgment and possible perspectives for the transfer of personal data from Europe to the United States. [German]


Open Access

07 May 2020

Protection of Fundamental Rights - a Borderless Obligation?

Talk at the "Heidelberger Kreis", a student platform in Heidelberg organizing academic talks, about Germany's obligation to respect fundamental rights guaranteed in the German constitution in its global surveillance program. [German] Open Access


Winter Semester 2020/21

Public International Law Working Group (Modules: International Organizations; Relationship between National Constitutional Law and Public International Law)

Faculty of Law, University of Heidelberg

Winter Semester 2020/21

Preparational Course for the State Exam: Public Law

Faculty of Law, University of Heidelberg

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

Two-year college in social sciences by the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), member of the working group „Völkerrecht in der Krise?“ (Public International Law in Crisis), organized by Prof. Sigrid Boysen and Prof. Andreas von Arnauld, 15.09.2019 - 30.09.2021

Academy of the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), member of the working group „Zukunft der Europäischen Union“ (Future of the European Union), organized by Dr. Daniel Schade and Sophie Pornschlegel, Koppelsberg, Germany, 19.08.2018 - 25.08.2018

Academy of the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), member of the working group „Recht und Terrorismus“ (Law and Terrorism), organized by the former Judge of the ECJ, Prof. Ninon Colneric, and Prof. Sebastian Scheerer, La Colle-sur-Loup, France, 20.09.2015 - 03.10.2015


04/2015 to 07/2020: Fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

10/2014 to 03/2015: Fellow of the Foundation of the Germany Economy (Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw))


Since 09/2020: Editor at the Verfassungsblog

Since 04/2019: Editor at the Völkerrechtsblog



German, English, Spanish

Sonstiges Engagement

 Since 12/2019: Open Access Ambassador