Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Florian Hoffmann

Franz Haniel Chair for Public Policy (on leave)


+49 (0) 361/737-4660


House 39/ Room 0206


Florian Hoffmann is the Franz Haniel Chair of Public Policy. Having served as the Director of the Willy Brandt School from 2010 until 2015, he is currently (winter semester 2015/16) on leave and teaching at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil. Prior to joining the School in 2010, Prof. Hoffmann taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the PUC-Rio. He holds a doctoral degree in law from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), an LL.M. from the PUC-Rio and a BSc in Law and Government from the LSE. His work has generally focused on the interface between law and politics, with his main research interest having been in international law and human rights. He was a co-founder of the European Society of International Law and is a member of the editorial team of the German Law Journal. He has, amongst others, been a consultant with the World Bank and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Research Interests

  • Social Rights and Rights-Based Development
  • International Law and International Legal Theory
  • Law and/in Public Policy
  • Methodological Foundations of Applied Social Sciences
  • Knowledge Networks and E-Governance
  • Governance in Emerging States
  • Public Health

Courses taught at the Brandt School:

  • Introduction to Public Policy (WS)
  • PNM: New Forms of Regulations (SS)
  • IA: International Law (WS)
  • IA: Human Rights (SS)
  • PNM: Cyber Governance (SS 2012, WS 2013/14)
  • BLM: Case Writing (SS 2013)
  • BLM: Student Journal: The Policy Analyst (SS 2015)
  • PNM/ INT: Haniel Spring School - The Effects of Center-Local Relations on Public Policy (SS 2013)
  • Project Group: Rights-Based Governance of the Internet: Participation, Accountability and Self-Regulation (with Sebastian Haselbeck) (WS 2013/14)

Research Associate


"A New Magical Quadrangle?": Toward a New Sustainable Economic Policy


On May 22 the Friedrich Ebert Foundation brought together financial and economic experts to discuss new concepts for a sustainable economic policy in Germany. The discussion with leading...Read more

Interview with Prof. Dr. Florian Hoffmann - Radio FREI


The summer lecture series "Migration. Integration. Inclusion." starts on April 18th. Organized by the Brandt School and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, the 14 part series hopes to...Read more

Selected Publications

„Dignity: A Framework for Vulnerable Groups“
Swiss Initiative to Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 2009

„Derrida and Legal Philosophy“
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008

"Accountability for Social and Economic Rights in Brazil”
Courting Social Justice. Cambridge: Univ
ersity Press, 2008

"In Quite a State: trials and tribulations of an old concept in new times"
In: Progress in International Law. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishing, 2007

"Human Rights, the Self, and the Other – reflections on a pragmatic theory of human rights"
In: International Law and Its Others. Cambridge: University Press, 2006

"A Beacon of Light in the Dark?"
In: Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping. Tokyo: UNU Press, 2007