Campus Atrium of EBS Law School at the campus in Wiesbaden

Chair in Public Law, Empirical Legal Research and Law & Economics

Emanuel V. Towfigh

The Chair in Public Law, Empirical Legal Research and Law & Economics has been installed at EBS Law School at the beginning of 2016. Remarkably, the Chair is currently one of only two chairs dealing with Empirical Legal Research in Germany.

In this very young legal research field the actual effects of the law, its influence on the human behaviour as well as its perception are explored. In order to do so, empirical legal researchers use scientific techniques that are known from the field of empirical sociology, such as modelling, getting data by surveys, panels or experiments and analyzing them by statistical methods.

Law & Economics can be explained as a (behavioral-)economical analysis of legal norms. Empirical legal insights are, thus, used to improve the view of the law and to supplement the classical legal scientific techniques and questions.

In this context, the Chair focusses mainly on public law, which identities the legal relationship between the state and its citizens. One of the central legal questions the Chair deals with in research and teaching are the relations between religion and state as well as between democracy and political parties. Moreover, the Chair examines the prerequisites of a functioning democracy.


  • Constitutional Law and Constitutional Theory
  • Democracy
  • Religious Law
  • Party Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Law & Economics
  • Empirical Legal Research
  • Collective Action/ Governance
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