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Philipp Sauter

Dipl.-Jur., Maître en droit, M.Sc., Research Fellow
Tel. +49 (6221) 482-407

Main Fields of Research:

Nuclear Law, Law of Nuclear Fusion, Law of Disarmament, Law of Climate Change

Academic Career:

since March 2022: Research Fellow and PhD Candidate under the supervision of Armin von Bogdandy (Topic: The Legal Framework of Nuclear Fusion)

January 2022: First State Exam in Law, Tübingen, Germany

December 2021: Master of Science in Physics, Tübingen, Germany

June 2019: Maîtrise en droit international et européen, Aix-en-Provence, France

04/2016 - 01/2022: Study of Law at the University of Tübingen, Germany

10/2016 - 12/2021: Study of Physics at the University of Tübingen, Germany

08/2018 - 06/2019: Study of International and European Law at the Université d'Aix-Marseille, France

Recent Publications

  • The Emergence of Nuclear Fusion Energy: A New Nuclear Technology, a New Chance for Nuclear Disarmament?. In: Expanding Perspectives On Nuclear Disarmament. Alva Myrdal Center for Nuclear Disarmament. Uppsala University, Uppsala 2023, 151-162.


Working Papers

  • Safeguarding Nuclear Fusion – Nuclear Non-Proliferation Law in a Fusion-Powered Future. Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2023-13, 2023. SSRN


    Max Planck Lawcast

    Episode #10 (22 January 2024): Regulating Star Power: Legal Challenges for Nuclear Fusion

Further Publications

  • Die nuklearen Gefahren in der Ukraine. Die Antwort des Völkerrechts auf die zerstörerische Wirkung des Atomkerns im Krieg. In: Sicherheitsordnung in Europa, Arnd Uhle, Matthias Friehe (eds.). Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2023, 201-224.
  • Book Review: Röhrlich, Elisabeth: Inspectors for Peace, Baltimore, 2022. In: ZaöRV, 2/2023, 367-372, 2023.


31 Jul 2023

The Oppenheimer Moment to Bring Nuclear Weapons Law Back on Track?

MPIL Heidelberg

27 Jun 2023

Nuclear proliferation concerns for fusion technologies: is export control a solution?

ITER (Cadarache), France

30 Jan 2023

Updates from the Climate Regime – COP27, Sharm el-Sheikh

together with Moritz Vinken and Tom Sparks

MPIL Heidelberg

19 Dec 2022

Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion - What is Fusion and what does it mean for International Law?

MPIL Heidelberg

26 Oct 2022

Nuclear Fusion Research and the Risk of Nuclear Weapon Proliferation

Washington, D.C.

INLA Conference Proceedings p. 561 ff.

27 Sep 2022

Nuclear Fusion Research and the Risk of Nuclear Weapon Proliferation

The Hague

23 Sep 2022

The Nuclear Threats in Ukraine: The Treatment of Nuclear Power Plants and Nuclear Weapons in War under International Law Using the Example of the Russian Aggression


09 Jun 2022

Nuclear Fusion and its inherent risks of nuclear weapon proliferation


30 May 2022

The Nuclear Threat in Ukraine

MPIL Heidelberg

03 Sep 2021

Influence of densities, electron and ion heat fluxes on L-H-Mode transition in EMC3-Eirene simulations of ASDEX Upgrade



Summer Term 2023

Colloquium in International Law

University of Heidelberg

Winter term 2022/2023

Introduction to Nuclear Law

Karlshochschule International University

Summer term 2022

Tutorial in Constitutional Law

University of Heidelberg

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28), Dubai, UAE, 08.12.2023 - 13.02.2024

Joint Workshop MPIL - German Foreign Office, Berlin, 06.10.2023 - 06.10.2023

Max Planck Conference for a Sustainable Anthropocene, Berlin, 11.07.2023 - 12.07.2023

Workshop: Translating Science for International Adjudication, Amsterdam, 29.06.2023 - 30.06.2023

F4E & INLA Contracting Professionals Roundtable, ITER (Cadarache), France, 26.06.2023 - 28.06.2023

AMC Cross Disciplinary Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, Uppsala, Sweden, 14.06.2023 - 15.06.2023

Wilton Park - Moving Forward in IND, Steyning, UK, 08.03.2023 - 10.03.2023

ELN Workshop, Searching for Irreversibility in Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament, King's College, London, UK

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27), Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 14.11.2022 - 20.11.2022

International Nuclear Law Association (INLA) Inter Jura Congress 2022, Washington, D.C., 23.10.2022 - 27.10.2022

Asser Doctoral Seminar on Nuclear Weapons, The Hague, 26.09.2022 - 27.09.2022

Annual Meeting of the Görres Society, Aachen, 23.09.2022 - 24.09.2022

F4E & INLA Contracting Professionals Roundtable, Aix-en-Provence, France, 07.06.2022 - 09.06.2022

MPIL Masterclass 2022, Heidelberg, 16.05.2022 - 19.05.2022

First International Conference in Nuclear Law, Vienna, Austria, 25.04.2022 - 29.04.2022

DPG Meeting of the Matter and Cosmos Section (SMuK) 2021, online, 30.08.2021 - 03.09.2022


Scholarship holder: Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes


German Physical Society

International Nuclear Law Association


External PhD Representative of the Institute for the Max-Planck PhDnet

Human Science Section Representative in PhDnet Steering Group

Secretary of Working Group 8 (Nuclear Fusion) of the International Nuclear Law Association