Professor of European Law, International Law, Public Law and Comparative Public Law 

Dr. iur., MA

T +41 41 229 53 84

Frohburgstrasse 3, Room 4.B14


Professor Sebastian Heselhaus, born in 1960 in Münster, Westphalia, is Professor Ordinarius of European Law, International Law, Public Law and Comparative Law at the School of Law at the University of Lucerne.

Sebastian Heselhaus studied law at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen from 1981–1987, specialising in European and International Law. He simultaneously studied Political Science and Philosophy from 1982–1988, which enabled him to undertake better analysis of law in context. His study was funded by a grant from the German National Academic Foundation, which enabled him to spend time abroad at the United Nations in New York and the London School of Economics.

After completing his clerkship (legal internship) at the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main, Sebastian Heselhaus completed his doctorate in 1999 with a dissertation on Abgabenhoheit der Europäischen Gemeinschaft in der Umweltpolitik (the fiscal authority of the European Community in environmental policy). His post-doctoral thesis deals with rights of participation in multi-level governance. Since 2006 he has been Professor of European Law, International Law, Public Law and Comparative Law at the University of Lucerne. In 2013 he founded the Center for Law and Sustainability at the University of Lucerne, and serves as its Executive Director. He is a founding member and the Task Coordinator of SCCER CREST (Swiss Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition), established in 2014.

His list of publications includes numerous works on international law, European law and public law. He writes regular comparative law articles in URP on developments in European and Swiss environmental law. He also oversees the European Law Moot Court and the ELSA European Human Rights Moot Court. He holds a senior position running an LL.M. at Nottingham Trent University in 'International Regulatory, Environmental and Planning Law', where he was named a Visiting Professor from 1 December 2015. Sebastian Heselhaus has lectured at universities including Madison (USA), Warwick (UK) and Vilnius (Lithuania).

Sebastian Heselhaus is married to Sabine Heselhaus, a specialist surgeon, and has two daughters.  


Main research areas, arranged by topic:

Human rights:
• European Union law • European Convention on Human Rights • Migration and law
• Swiss Constitution • German Basic Law

Environmental law:
• International law • European Union law • Swiss environmental law (comparative)
• German environmental law

Commercial law:
• European Union law • World Trade Organization law • Risk regulation

Main research areas, arranged by legal levels:

International law:
• International humanitarian law • Peaceful settlement of disputes

European Union law:
• Human rights • Environmental law • Commercial law

Swiss law:
• Fundamental rights • Constitutional law

German law:
• Constitutional law • General Administrative law • Environmental law

Comparative law:
• Basic subjects



Journal Article

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Contribution/presentation at a non-scientific event

(Co-) editor of book series/member of a journal's editorial board/(Co-) editor of scientific blog

Vested interests


  • Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (Alumniteam), Member, Germany, 2012–
  • European Society of International Law (ESIL), Member, Italy, 2010–
  • Vereinigung für Umweltrecht (VUR), Member, Switzerland, 2010–
  • Schweizerische Vereinigung für Internationales Recht (SVIR), Member, Switzerland, 2009–
  • Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV), Member, Germany, 2009–
  • Vereinigung der Deutschen Staatsrechtslehrer e.V. (VDStRL), Member, Germany, 2008–
  • Schweizerische Studiengesellschaft für die Europäische Integration (ecsasuisse), Member, Switzerland, 2008–
  • Gesellschaft für Umweltrecht e.V. (GfU), Member, Germany, 2008–
  • Deutsche Vereinigung für Internationales Recht (DVIR), Member, Germany, 2008–
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht (DGVR), Member, Germany, 2008–
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen e.V. (DGVN), Member, Germany, 2008–
  • Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung e.V. (RVgl.), Member, Germany, 2008–
  • Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration e.V. (AEI), Member, Germany, 2008–
  • Institut für Umwelt- und Technikrecht der Universität Trier (IUTR), Member, Germany, 2008–
  • Verein für Umweltrecht e.V. (VUR), Member, Germany, 2008–

Other vested interests

  • Mitglied des Stiftungsrates, Alpines Energieforschungscenter AlpEnForCe, 2017–