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Hochschule Hochschulteam Wulf, Alexander J.

Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. rer. pol.
Alexander J. Wulf


Professor für Wirtschaftsrecht

Raum H.810

Telefon: +49 30 374 374 -420

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Research, Teaching and Visiting Positions

2019 Kyoto University

2018 University of California, Berkeley, Center for the Study of Law & Society

2016 - open Bucerius Law School

2016 West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

2015 - 2017 University of Hamburg, Institute of Law and Economics

2011 - 2012 University of Oxford, Institute of European and Comparative Law, Research project: "The Use of Optional Instruments in European Contract Law"

2009 Kyoto University, Global Center of Excellence, Research project: "Risk-Taking Behaviour and Management Liability in Japan"


Research Grants and Research Awards

2018 - 2019 The Climate Change Sceptics. Patterns of Argumentation and Psychosocial Background, funded by German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), together with Prof. Dr. Dieter Flader

2017 - 2020 "The ABC of Online Disclosure Duties. Towards Better Informed Consumers", funded by DFG Germany and NWO Netherlands, together with Prof. Dr. Joasia Luzak

2016 "The Law and Economics of International Trade Law", funded by the Global Initiative for Academic Networks, together with Prof. Vaneeta Patnaik

2016 SRH Hochschule Berlin, research excellence award

2015 Association of Naumann Foundation Scholarship Holders and Alumni, Award for doctoral thesis

2015 SRH Hochschule Berlin, teaching excellence award

2011 The Use of Optional Instrument in European Contract Law, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, together with Prof. Dr. Stefan Vogenauer


Educational Background

2018 University of Siegen, Doctor of Economics (Dr. rer. pol.)

2013 Bucerius Law School, Doctor of Law (Dr. iur.)

2007 - 2008 London School of Economics, Master of Science in Social Research Methods

2006 - 2007 Bucerius Law School / WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Master of Law and Business

2003 - 2006 SRH Hochschule Berlin, B.A. Business Administration


Professional Activities and Affiliations


  • Treasurer of the German Law and Economics Association
  • Honorary Appointment at a German District Court
  • Expert Advisor for Empirical Legal Research at the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)


  • American Law and Economics Association
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • European Association of Law & Economics
  • Society for Empirical Legal Studies
  • German Association for Law and Society
  • German Economic Association
  • German Law and Economics Association
  • Law and Society Association


Cengage, Creative Education, Erasmus Law Review, European Assoc. of Law & Economics, European Journal of Law & Economics, International Conference on Economic Analysis of Litigation, International Journal of Education Economics and Development, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of European Consumer and Market Law, Journal of Institutional Economics, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)

Ausgewählte Publikationen


Wulf, A. J. Bedeutung des Wirtschaftsrechts für die volkswirtschaftliche Entwicklung. Perspektiven der ökonomischen Analyse, Wiesbaden: Springer, 2018, 1-239.

Wulf, A. J. Institutional Competition between Optional Codes in European Contract Law. A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler, 2014, 1-328

Wulf, A. J. Risk and Happiness. An Investigation of the Social and Legal Norms Governing Risk-Taking and Innovative Behaviour. A Study on Japanese Businessmen. Kyoto: Kyoto University Global Center of Excellence, 2011, 1-120.

Wulf, A. J. Brauchen Innovationen Schutzrechte. Eine Untersuchung am Beispiel der Modeindustrie. Berlin: Logos, 2006, 1-64.

Journal Articles 


Seizov, O., Wulf, A. J., & Luzak, J. (2019). The transparent trap: A multidisciplinary perspective on the design of transparent online disclosures in the EU. Journal of Consumer Policy, 42(1), 149–173. doi:1007/s10603-018-9393-0.

Voigt, S. & Wulf, A. J. "What Makes Prosecutors Independent? Analyzing the Determinants of the Independence of Prosecutors", Journal of Institutional Economics, forthcoming.

Wulf, A. J. "Law as Part of Managerial Skills. Reform Proposals for Teaching Law to Business Administration and Economics Students", (English version of "Rechtskompetenz als Teil unternehmerischer Führungsqualität"), Asian Journal of Legal Education, 3, 2016 (2), 1-15.

Babaoglu, B. & Wulf, A. J. "Decriminalizing the Issuance of Bad Checks in Turkey. An Analysis of the Effects of Changes in Penalties", European Journal of Law and Economics, 42, 2016 (1), 5-23.

Wulf, A. J. "Rechtskompetenz als Teil unternehmerischer Führungsqualität. Reformvorschläge für ein Studium des Rechts in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften", Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Rechtswissenschaft, 2, 2015 (1), 20-40.

Schäfer, H.-B. & Wulf, A. J. "Jurists, Clerics and Merchants. The Rise of Learned Law in Medieval Europe and its Impact on Economic Growth", Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 11, 2014 (2), 266-300. 

Wulf, A. J. "Institutional Competition of Optional Codes in European Contract Law"European Journal of Law and Economics, 38, 2014 (1), 139-162.

Non Peer-Reviewed

Wulf, A. J. "Insights from the German Codification Debate between Thibaut and Savigny for a Uniform Indian Civil Code", Journal of the Indian Law Institute, 60, 2018 (2), 121-136.

Wulf, A. J. "The Contribution of Empirical Research to Law", Journal Jurisprudence, 29, 2016, 29-49.

Schäfer, H.-B. & Wulf, A. J. "Juristas, clérigos y mercaderes. El ascenso del derecho escolástico en la Europa medieval y su impacto en el crecimiento económico" (Spanish version of "Jurists, Clerics and Merchants"), Criterio Jurídico, 15, 2015 (1), 105-167.

Wulf, A. J. "Uncertainty as a Challenge for Leadership. The Effect of Cultural, Social and Legal Institutions on Risk-Taking and Innovation in Family Businesses", Paragrana, 24, 2015 (1), 80-93.

Schäfer, H.-B. & Wulf, A. J. "Wie der Aufstieg des gelehrten Rechts im Mittelalter den wirtschaftlichen Aufstieg Europas beförderte. Eine empirische Untersuchung" (German version of "Jurists, Clerics and Merchants", see above), Bucerius Law Journal, 2014 (1), 52-70.

Wulf, A. J. "Well-Being and Risk-Taking Behaviour. A Case Study of Employee Well-Being Policies in Corporate Japan", Paragrana, 22, 2013 (1), 293-306.

Book Chapters and Other Publications 

Wulf, A. J. "Who would Use the Common European Sales Law? An Empirical Analysis of Consumer Cross-Border Contracts in the European Internal Market", Polish Yearbook of Law & Economics, 6, 2016, 31-50.

Wulf, A. J. "Führungsstile in Familienunternehmen. Wie rechtliche, ethische und kulturelle Normen die Risikoeinstellung von Managern prägen" (revised, German version of "Uncertainty as a Challenge for Leadership"), in: Schultze-Seehof, D. and Winterberg, J. (eds.). Herausforderung Management. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Hochschulverlag, 2016, 32-48.

Wulf, A. J. "Risk-Taking and Entrepreneurship in India. Implications of Social and Cultural Norms for Poverty Alleviation Policies", in: Wulf, C. (ed.). Exploring Alterity in a Globalized World. London et al.: Routledge, 2016, 441-453.

Wulf, A. J. "Privatizing Law-Making. An Economic Analysis of Non-Governmental Law-Making in the Field of Contract Law", in: Knoke, M. and Merk, J. et al. (eds.). Das Publicness-Puzzle. Öffentliche Aufgabenerfüllung zwischen Staat und Markt. Berlin: BWV, 2014, 401-410.

Wulf, A. J. "Empirical Analysis", in: Backhaus, J. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Law and Economics. Berlin: Springer, 2014, 1-8.

Wulf, A. J. "Global Perspectives on Risk Taking Behaviour. Using Focused Ethnography to Study Managerial Behaviour", in: Suzuki , S. & Yamana, J. (eds.). Proceedings of the Conference on Research Opportunities for Ethnomethodology. Kyoto:Kyoto University, 2013, 126-127.

Wulf, A. J. "An Evaluation of some Critical Points in the European Commission's Impact Assessment accompanying the Proposal for a Regulation on a Common European Sales Law", in: Ministry of Justice (United Kingdom) (ed.). Responses to the Call for Evidence on the Common European Sales Law. London: Ministry of Justice, 2012, 1-2.

Wulf, A. J. "Case Decisions on the 'Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR)'", in: International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (ed.). Unilaw Data Base. Rome: International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, 2010.

Wulf, A. J. "A Comparative Approach to the Protection of Fashion Innovations" in: Centre for Law & Technology (ed.). Law & Technology Scholarship Paper Series. Berkeley: UC Berkeley Recent Work, 2007, 1-25. Reprinted in: Sen, S. (ed.). The Fashion Industry. Emerging Trends and Issues. Hyderabad: ICFAI University Press, 2008, 74-100.