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Professor

Matthias Goldmann LL.M.

Research focus

  • International Law and European Law
  • Law and Colonialism
  • Transformation of the Economic Constitution
  • Law and Political Economy of Public Finance

Curriculum Vitae

Matthias Goldmann holds the Chair of International Law at EBS University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. Previously, he worked as a Junior Professor at Goethe University Frankfurt from 2016 to 2021. In 2015, he was awarded a Freigeist Fellowship of Volkswagen Foundation. He holds a doctorate in law form Heidelberg University and an LL.M. from New York University. He has published widely in domestic and international law reviews and served as an editor-in-chief of the German Law Journal from 2017 to 2022. His research focuses on the law and political economy of finance, economic constitutionalism, and the theory and history of European and international law, particularly their colonial past. 

Publications


  • GOLDMANN, M. (2015). Internationale öffentliche Gewalt. Handlungsformen internationaler Institutionen im Zeitalter der Globalisierung. Springer.


  • GOLDMANN, M. (in press). Contesting Austerity: Genealogies of Human Rights Discourse. In Nehal Bhuta (Ed.), Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law. Oxford University Press.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2023). „Ich bin Ihr Freund und Kapitän“. Die deutsch-namibische Entschädigungsfrage im Spiegel intertemporaler und interkultureller Völkerrechtskonzepte. In Jochen von Bernstorff, Philipp Dann, Isabel Feichtner (Eds.), (Post-)Koloniale Rechtswissenschaft (pp. 499-52). Mohr Siebeck Verlag, Tübingen.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (in press). The Case for Intra-Executive Accountability in the Banking Union. In Mark Dawson, Ana Bobic (Eds.), Towards Substantive Accountability in EU Economic Governance. Oxford University Press.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2022). Financial Stability. In Jan Klabbers (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to International Organizations Law (pp. 391-421). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Internationales Verwaltungsrecht (3. Auflage ed.). In Martin Eifert, Christoph Möllers, Andreas Voßkuhle (Eds.), Grundlagen des Verwaltungsrechts, Band 1, 3. Aufl. (pp. 325-397). München: C.H. Beck Verlag.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Alles nur geklaut? Zum Potenzial juristischer Provenienzforschung für die Restitution von Kulturgütern. Geschichtskultur und Restitution (pp. 347-385). Böhlau.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Article 126 TFEU and Protocol (No 12) on the Excessive Deficit Procedure. Commentary on the European Monetary Union. Hart.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Contesting Austerity: Why Human Rights Came Late and Helped Little. In Ingo Venzke, Kevin J. Heller (Eds.), Contingency in International Law (pp. 297-315). Oxford University Press.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). Financial Institutions and Social Rights: From the Washington Consensus to the Lagarde Concord?. Research Handbook on International Law and Social Rights (pp. 440-463). Oxford University Press.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Die Bedeutung intraexekutiver Kontrollen für die Gewaltenteilung in der Bankenunion. In: Zentralbanken, Währungsunion und stabiles Finanzsystem. Zentralbanken, Währungsunion und stabiles Finanzsystem (pp. 289-312). Berlin: Duncker & Humblot .
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Das German Law Journal: Open Access als Element eines wissenschaftlichen Programms. In Hanjo Hamann, Daniel Hürlimann (Eds.), Open Access in der Rechtswissenschaft, Sonderheft "Rechtswissenschaft" (pp. 118-128). Baden Baden : Nomos Verlag .
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Relative Normativity. Fundamental Concepts for International Law (pp. 740-759). Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Foreign Investment, Sovereign Debt, and Human Rights. Sovereign Debt and Human Rights (pp. 129-145). Oxford University Press.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Discretion, Not Rules: Post-Unitary Constitutional Pluralism in the Economic and Monetary Union. Research Handbook on Legal Pluralism in EU Law (pp. 335-354). Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). Sources in the Meta-Theory of International Law: Exploring the Hermeneutics, Authority and Publicness of International Law. The Oxford Handbook on the Sources of International Law (pp. 447-468). Oxford University Press.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). International Investment Law and Financial Regulation: Towards a Deliberative Approach. International Investment Law and the Global Financial Architecture (pp. 57-89). Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.


  • GOLDMANN, M. (2022). Amtshaftung für Aufsichtsfehler oder Europäisierung der Finanzaufsicht?. Konsequenzen aus dem Wirecard-Fall. Europarecht, Heft 2, pp. 569-568.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Finanzverfassung und kommunaler Finanzausgleich. Zum Begriff der Finanzkraftreihenfolge bei interkommunalen Umlagen. Die Öffentliche Verwaltung, pp. 336-343.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). The European Economic Constitution after the PSPP Judgement: Towards Integrative Liberalism? German Law Journal, 21.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). As Darkness Deepens: The Right to be Forgotten in the Context of Authoritarian Constitutionalism. German Law Journal, 21 (S1), 45-54.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). Human rights and democracy in economic policy reform: The European COVID-19 response under scrutiny. International Journal of Human Rights, 24, 1290-1310.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Anachronismen als Risiko und Chance: Der Fall Rukoro et al. gegen Deutschland. Kritische Justiz, 52, 92-117.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Völkerrechtliche Vereinbarungen und direkte Demokratie. Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, 78, 281-310.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). United in Diversity?. The Relationship between Monetary Policy and Banking Supervision in the Banking Union. European Constitutional Law Review, 14, 283-310.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Public and Private Authority in a Global Setting: The Example of Sovereign Debt Restructuring. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, 25, 331-363.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). The Great Recurrence: Karl Polanyi and the Crises of the European Union. European Law Journal, 23, pp. 272-289.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). From Public International to International Public Law: Translating World Public Opinion into International Public Authority. European Journal of International Law , 28, 115-145.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). Freihandelsabkommen und Steuergerechtigkeit: eine menschliche Perspektive. MenschenRechtsMagazin, 21, 115-128.


  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). Special Issue: The BVerfG's Double Coup on the Right to be Forgotten. German Law Journal.


  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). From the Economic Constitution to the Constitution of Capital and Back?. Workshop on Law and Political Economy in Europe, University Warwick and University van Amsterdam.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Thieves in the Temple? Towards Critical Legal Provenance Research. Workshop Thinking Provenance, Thinking Restitution. University of Cambridge.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). The Decision of the German Constitutional Court on the Climate Protection Law. OPEC Legal Conference, Wien.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Intraexecutive Accountability in the ECB and SSM. Workshop Theorising and Assessing Accountability In Post-Crisis EU Economic Governance, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Towards Integrative Liberalism?. Inaugural Interdisciplinary Workshop Series on the Political Economy of Financial Regulation, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Law vs. Justice: An Intercultural Approach to the Problem of European Collections of Colonial Provenance. PAESE-Symposium, Universität Hannover.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Imperial Law's Ambiguity. Keynote, Konferenz "Imperial Artefacts", Universität Leiden.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). The PSPP Judgement and the Future of the EMU. Workshop with the ECB Legal Departement.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). Human Rights and Democracy in Economic Policy Reform. Online-Workshop Human Rights Impact Assessments and Economic Policy Reform, University of Nottingham.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). The ECB and National Courts. Online-Konferenz Beyond the Euro-crisis. Covid-19 and the Future of Europe, U. Bozen und Dublin City University.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). The Ambiguity of Colonial Law. Sovereignty and Property in German Southwest Africa. Warwick University, Coventry, UK.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Austerity. Why Human Rights Discourse Came so Late and Changed so Little. DebtCon3 (Interdisciplinary Conference on Sovereign Debt Research and Management), Georgetown Law Center.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Meinungsfreiheit in der digitalen Welt. ELSA Day 2019, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Financial Constitutionalism. Fellow's Conference, Volkswagen Stiftung, Hannover.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Land Reform in Namibia. Namibia Week of Justice, Swakopmund.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Reparations for the 1904 Genocide. Namibia Week of Justice, Windhoek.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Mozambique's Odious Loans. Public Stakeholder Conference, Center for Public Integrity, Maputo.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). The End of International Public Authority? Contestation, Crisis, and Resilience in International Institutions. Workshop am Max Plack Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. Gemeinsam mit Armin von Bogdandy und Silvia Steininger.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Weimar Moments. Constitutionalizing Mass Democracy. Workshop an der Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Sovereignty and Property in Postcolonial Contexts. Workshop an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). The Public Interest in Sovereign Debt Litigation: An Empirical Analysis. Conference for Empirical Legal Studies in Europe, KU Leuven.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). The Economic and the Social in Sovereign Debt Crises: Why Human Rights Discourse Came so Late and Changed so Little. Conference on Contingency in the Course of International Law, Universiteit van Amsterdam.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). How International is the Internationale? Remaks on Hermann Heller's International Legal Theory. Workshop: Hermann Heller Then and Now, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Fiscal and Monetary Policy Rules in an Egalitarian Perspective. Inequality Schmooze, Universitá Statale di Milano.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). The Challenge of Authoritarianism: A Critical Reappraisal of Global Administrative Law and International Public Authority. ICON Society Annual Conference, University of Hong Kong.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Fintech und Kryptowährungen: Eine Herausforderung für den internationalen Zahlungs- und Kapitalverkehr. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). The Case of the Ovaherero and Nama against Germany. Max Plack Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Too Little, too late? The History of Human Rights in Sovereign Debt Crises. Academy of European Law Workshop, European University Institute, Florence.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Der EuGH in der Eurokrise. Interdisziplinäre Ringvorlesung, Universität Bayreuth.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). The Economic and the Social in European and International Law. Workshop an der Goethe University Frankfurt.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). The Authoritarian Pushback and the Resilience of International Institutions. Panel, ICON Society Hong Kong Conference.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). The Transformation of Sovereign Debt Disputes before Domestic Courts: An Empirical Analysis. DebtCon2 (Interdisciplinary Conference on Sovereign Debt Research and Management), Graduate Institute, Geneva.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). United in Diversity: Monetary Policy and Prudential Supervision in the Banking Union. Ademu Workshop: The New ECB in Comparative Perspective, European University Institute, Florence.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). The Complicity of International Law in Global Financial Instability. ESIL Annual Conference, Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). Are Fiscal Policy Rules Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?. ADEMU Conference: How Much of a Fiscal Union for the EMU? Banco de España, Madrid.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). How to Render Soft Law Approaches to Sovereign Debt Effective. 11th UNCTAD Debt Management Conference, United Nations Office Geneva.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). The Treaties of Rome in the History of International Law. Conference on the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, MPI for European Legal History, Frankfurt.


  • GOLDMANN, M. (2023). Wer nimmt die Abwägung vor? Zum Zusammenhang von völkerrechtlichem Gewaltverbot und Ethik. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2022). "Hot War and Cold Freezes - Targeting Russian Central Bank Assets". Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Object and Purpose Control in Trade Disputes: Lessons from the CJEU for WTO Reform.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Pay Reparations and Redistribute Prosperity. Debt Justice Agenda, Progressive International.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Can Courts Help Right Historical Wrongs?. Clauses and Controversies Podcast.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Judges for Future. The Climate Action Judgement as a Postcolonial Turn in Constitutional Law? Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Wieviel Gemeinsinn verträgt die Gesellschaft?. Was die Thierse-Debatte von der Weimarer Staatsrechtslehre lernen kann. Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2021). Maß für Maaßen: Prozessvertretung der AfD durch die Sozietät des ehemaligen BfV-Präsidenten? Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M., HINZEN, K. (2021). Referendarexamensklausur - Öffentliches Recht: Schächten 2.0. Juristische Schulung.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). Integrative Liberalism: A New Paradigm for the Law of Political Economy? Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). Why the Key to the Past Lies in the Future: The Dispute about Reparations for Namibia. Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). Constitutional Innovation, Democratic Stagnation?: The EU Recovery Plan. Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). Das BVerfG holt sich ein trojanisches Pferd ins Haus. Zum Urteil zum EZB-Ankaufprogramm. Legal Tribune Online, Germany.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). Matthias Goldmann, Kleptocracy Buyouts?: A Response to Professors Blocher and Gulati. Duke Law Journal Online .
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). The Case for Corona Bonds: A Proposal by a Group of European Lawyers. Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2020). Borrowing Time: The ECB's Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme. Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). The Law and Political Economy of Mozambique's Odious Debt., Maputo, Mozambique.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Rechtsgutachten zur verfassungsrechtlichen Vereinbarkeit der geplanten ,,Heimatumlage", Gesetzesentwurf ,,Starke Heimat Hessen". Gutachten im Auftrag des Hessischen Finanzministeriums.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2019). Decolonizing Intertemporal International Law. Völkerrechtsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M., HINZEN, K. (2019). Referendarexamensklausur - Öffentliches Recht: Staatsorganisationsrecht und Aufenthaltsrecht - Gefahr erkannt, Gefährder verbannt? Juristische Schulung.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Colonial Law as a Symbolic Order: Property and Sovereignty in German Southwest Africa., Maputo.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Hopes of Progress: European Integration in the History of International Law. Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law.
  • GOLDMANN, M., GRYGORYI PUSTOVIT, G. (2018). Public Interests in Sovereign Debt Litigation: An Empirical Analysis.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Every Year Again: The ECB's Monetary Policy in Court. SAFE Policy Blog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2018). Gibt es noch Hoffnung für überstaatliche Demokratie?. Plädoyer für einen wehrhaften Internationalismus. Völkerrechtsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M., GRYGORYI PUSTOVIT, G. (2018). Cryptocurrencies: A Sandbox for Regulators? Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). Summer of Love: Karlsruhe Refers the QE Case to Luxembourg. Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). Karlsruhe Refers the QE Case to Luxembourg. SAFE policy letter.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). Integrated European Financial Supervision: Interview. SAFE Policy Blog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). Le gouvernement de soi et des autres. Zu Auftrittsverboten für türkische Regierungsmitglieder. Verfassungsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). Sovereign Debt Restructuring - In The Machine Room of Legal Engineering. Völkerrechtsblog.
  • GOLDMANN, M. (2017). Constant Dripping Wears Away the Stone ... Including Sovereign Debt. Völkerrechtsblog.