Prof. Dr. Torsten Stein

Former Director of the Europa-Institut
Former Holder of the chair for European Law and European Public Law at Saarland University

Prof. Dr. Torsten Stein was director of the Europa-Institut from 1991 to 2012, holder of the chair for European law and European public law at Saarland University and is still active at the Europa-Institut. After serving in the German Air Force (today Colonel in the Air Force Reserve), Professor Stein studied in Heidelberg and Berlin. He obtained his doctorate in 1974, the subject of his dissertation having been "Administrative Cooperation in Foreign Affairs". Professor Stein subsequently joined the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Public and International Law in Heidelberg as a researcher. He was appointed professor at the University of Heidelberg in 1986, after gaining his postdoctoral lecture qualification ("The Political Offence Exception to Extradition: Normative Limits, Practical Application and an Attempt at Re-Formulation"), but simultaneously continued working at the Max Planck Institute.

Professor Stein was managing director and commentator for the International Committee of the International Law Association (ILA), he is chairman of the German branch of the International Law Association (ILA) as well as honorary treasurer and member of the Executive Council of the ILA. He is a member of numerous national, foreign and international legal societies. He is chairman of the Hermann and Dr. Charlotte Deutsch Foundation which supports the Europa-Institut and chairman of the Heidelberg Society for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Gesellschaft für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht e.V.) that supports the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. He was director of the incorporated association "Universitätsgesellschaft Saarland e.V. (former Freunde der Universität des Saarlandes e.V.), a member of the Board of Trustees at the Academy of European Law in Trier (ERA) and of the Academy council at the European Academy of Otzenhausen.

Professor Stein is one of the chief editors of the Institute's "Journal for European Studies" ("Zeitschrift für Europarechtliche Studien" (ZEuS)) as well as of the monographic series "Schriften des Europa-Instituts der Universität des Saarlandes" and "Saarbrücker Studien zum Internationalen Recht".

Research Focus

  • Institutional European Law
  • Common Foreign, Security and Defense Policy of the EU
  • Prohibition of the use of force, self defense and peacekeeping under International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Court of Justice