Dr. Peter Gailhofer
Dr. Peter Gailhofer
Dr. Peter Gailhofer

Dr. Peter Gailhofer

Senior Researcher
Environmental Law & Governance

Special Expertise

  • National and International Public law, Environmental Law, Planning Law
  • Transnational legal systems and comparative public law
  • Energy law


  • Law and sustainable development
  • Legal issues surrounding urbanisation
  • Legal aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Key Projects

  • Instruments for environmentally sustainable regulation of subterranean resource extraction – INSTRO
  • International governance for environmentally sound supply of raw materials (InGoRo)
  • Developing implementation strategies for sustainable practices in businesses
  • Environmental protection guards human rights! The global responsibility of German businesses
  • Extension of the product lifespan through the enforcement of consumer rights

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 2017 Researcher at Öko-Institut Berlin, Environmental Law and Governance Division
  • 2017: Accreditation as Lawyer
  • 2016-2017: Attorney at Becker Büttner Held, Berlin, Main activities and responsibilities: energy law, climate protection law, infrastructure law
  • 2013-2015: Postgraduate traineeship (Referendariat), including stations at the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, ECCHR (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights).
  • 2008-2013: Research Associate at the University of Zurich, Chair of Philosophy and Theory of Law, Legal Sociology and International Public Law, Dissertation: Legal Pluralism and Legal Validity (summa cum laude, Prof. Walter Hug Preis 2016)
  • 2008: Research Associate at Freie Universität Berlin, Chair of public law, constitutional law, administrative law and public international law, including environmental law
  • 2008: Scientific staff at the Scientific Services (Wissenschaftliche Dienste) of the German Parliament, Berlin.
  • From 2000-2007: Undergraduate Studies in Jurisprudence, Social Anthropology and Social Sciences in Berlin and Madrid, Degree: First State Examination for entry to the legal profession

Language Skills

English, Spanish (fluent), French (basic knowledge)