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Matthias Schmidt

Research Fellow 2013-2020

Main Fields of Research:

Law of the European Union, in particular European Constitutional Law; The Rule of Law and Systemic Deficiencies in European Union Law; Comparative Public Law

Academic Career until 2020:

  • Since 09/2018 Élève at the École nationale d'administration, Strasbourg, Promotion Molière (Cycle international long) Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Since 02/2016 Member of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt
  • 09/2015–12/2015 Visiting Doctoral Student, Sciences Po Law School, Paris
  • Since 10/2013 Research Fellow and Doctoral Candidate at the MPIL
  • 2013 First German State Exam in Law, Freiburg im Breisgau, Specialisation in European Union Law, International Public Law, International Private Law
  • 2011 Participant in a summer programme in Comparative Politics at Georgetown University, Washington DC
  • 2010 Studies continued at the University of Freiburg
  • 2009 Start of additional studies in Political Science and English and American Studies
  • 2009-2010 Research Assistant at the MPIL, for Projects led by Armin von Bogdandy and Prof. Russell Miller, Washington and Lee University School of Law, USA
  • 2008-2010 Additional university qualification in US Constitutional Law and Private Law
  • 2008 Start of legal studies  at Heidelberg University;Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation

Recent Publications

  • The Infringement Procedure in the Rule of Law Crisis: How to make Effective Use of Article 258 TFEU. In: Common Market Law Review 55, 1061-1100 (2018) (with Piotr Bogdanowicz).
  • Guest Editorial: A potential constitutional moment for the European rule of law – The importance of red lines. In: Common Market Law Review 55, 983-995 (2018) (with Armin von Bogdandy, Piotr Bogdanowicz, Iris Canor, Maciej Taborowski).
  • Drawing Red Lines and Giving (Some) Bite – the CJEU's Deficiencies Judgment on the European Rule of Law. Verfassungsblog, 03 August 2018 (with Armin von Bogdandy, Piotr Bogdanowicz, Iris Canor, Maciej Taborowski).


WS 2017/2018, 24/10/2017

"EU Fundamental Rights" - Article 7 TEU and the EU‘s “Rule of Law Crisis“

University of Mannheim


2014-2017 Elected PhD representative of the Institute under the Statutes of the Max Planck PhDnet

Co-founder of the Forum Francophone (French-language academic forum at the Institute)