Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. Nele Matz-Lück

Westring 400 (Alte UB), 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-2083
Telefax: +49 431 880-1619

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Information about Prof. Dr. Nele Matz-Lück


Nele Matz-Lück studied law in Trier, Lausanne and Heidelberg. After postgraduate studies in Great Britain and her legal clerkship with stays in Speyer and The Hague, she received her doctorate in Heidelberg in 2003 and habilitated there in 2017. After several career stations, which led her to the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and - as a research associate - to the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, she followed her call to become Professor of the Law of the Sea and Co-Director of the Walter Schücking Institute for International Law at Kiel University in 2011. Since 2017, the professorship has been tenured as Chair of Public Law with a focus on international law, in particular the law of the sea. From 2014 to 2018, she was an adjunct professor at the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea in Tromsø, Norway. Since 2014, she has also been an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax. In addition to her judicial activities as a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Constitutional Court, of which she has been a member since 2018, she has been included, at the suggestion of the German government, in the List of Conciliators and Arbitrators under Annexes V and VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and in the List of Arbitrators at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague for disputes relating to the Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty, and has been appointed as an ad hoc judge for the European Court of Human Rights. Since October 2020, Nele Matz-Lück has been CAU's Vice President for International Affairs, Young Academics, Equality and Diversity.

Research questions

  • What is the legal framework regulating activities being undertaken in the open sea and the seafloor?
  • What liability issues can arise?
  • What tools can be implemented to conserve marine biological diversity, e.g. in marine protected areas?
Current Research

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