Prof. Dr. Michael Wrase

Portrait Michael Wrase 2023
Universität Hildesheim


michael.wrase [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
E 124

Research fields

Constitutional law | Administrative law, particularly education and social law | Socio-legal studies | Anti-discrimination law

Short bio

Michael Wrase is head of the research group "Law and Governance in the Context of Social Inequalities" at the WZB and Professor of Public Law with a focus in social welfare and education law at the University of Hildesheim. His research covers constitutional law, social and education law, educational governance and sociology of law/socio-legal studies.


Professional experience

since April 2024 Head of the research group "Law and Governance in the Context of Social Inequalities" at the WZB

since October 2016 Professor of Public Law with a focus on social and education law at the University of Hildesheim, joint appointment with the WZB

since January 2016 Senior Researcher at the Social Science Center Berlin

July December 2015 Mercator Fellow at the Social Science Center Berlin, President´s Project Group

April June 2015 Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford (Mercator Fellowship)

October 2014  March 2015 Visiting Professor at the University of Münster, Faculty of Law, Institute for Law and Politics

April 2014 - March 2015 Visiting Lecturer at the University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Law

since January 2013 Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin, member of the President´s Project Group headed by Prof. Jutta Allmendinger Ph.D.

May – October 2012 Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin, Rule of Law Center / SFB 700-Project “Governance in the Areas of Limited Statehood“, Project Director: Prof. Dr. Gunnar Folke Schuppert

February 2011 – May 2012 Research Fellow (full-time, and from September 2011 part-time during parental leave) at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Institute for European Health Policy and Social Law (Ineges), Director: Prof. Dr. Astrid Wallrabenstein

December 2010 – January 2011 Assistant to Counsel Prof. Dr. Astrid Wall­raben­stein in drafting the judicial review application brought by the parliamentary groups of the German Social Democratic Party and the Green Party challenging the eleventh and twelfth amendments of the German Atomic Energy Law 2010 (extension of the lifespan of nuclear power plants)

Spring Semester 2009 Visiting Lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Management and Law, Zurich/Winterthur (Switzerland)

2008 –  2010 Mandatory training programme for German lawyers, including interships with the following institutions:

  • Federal Constitutional Court, law clerk to Justice Prof. Dr. Brun-Otto Bryde
  • Law firm Wegner/Ullrich/Müller-Helle, Berlin (commercial law)
  • German Federal Ministry of Justice (research department)

since 2005 Board Member of the German Association for Law and Society

2003 – 2007 Research Fellow at the Humboldt University Berlin, Faculty of Law, Chair of Public Law and Gender Studies, Prof. Dr. Susanne Baer, LL.M. 



2013 PhD in law awarded by the Law Faculty of the Humboldt University Berlin (doctoral thesis supervised by Prof. Dr. Susanne Baer, Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court, and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Dieter Grimm)

2013 Admitted to the Bar in Berlin, with authority to practice law in Germany

2010 Second State Examination in Law, Berlin-Brandenburg

2003 First State Examination in Law, Berlin

1995 2002 Humboldt University Berlin, studies in law and social sciences Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation

1995 – 1997 Student Research Assistant at the Institute for International and European Law



  • German Academic Scholarship Foundation
  • German Association for Law and Society (board member)
  • Berlin Working Group on Socio-legal Studies – Berliner Arbeitskreises Rechtswirklichkeit (BAR) e.V.
  • Law & Society Association
  • Sociology of law section within the German Sociological Association

Principal Investigator: "Expert:innenrunde Startchancen (ExSta)" (Expert Network on Educational Opportunities), ongoing cooperation project with the Robert Bosch Foundation since November 2022 (responsible: Dr Petra Strähle).

Principal Investigator: "Access to Justice in Berlin", funded by the Senate Department for Justice, Diversity and Anti-Discrimination of the State of Berlin since October 2020.

Principal Investigator: "Implementation of the DigitalPakt Schule - Modes of action and possible problems", from August 2020 to March 2022 funded by the Max Traeger Foundation.

Principal Investigator (with Marcel Helbig): " The implementation of school inclusion according to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the German Länder", from September 2018 to August 2019 funded by the Bertelsmann Foundation.

Forum on Child and Youth Welfare Law - in cooperation with the University of Hildesheim (Institute for Social and Organisational Education) and the University of Mainz (Faculty of Law).

Principal Investigator (with Marcel Helbig): "Prerequisite of Social Responsibility - Private School Financing in the German Federal States", funded by the Max Traeger Foundation and the BGAG Foundation Walter Hesselbach from July 2018 to July 2019.

"The Right to Education as a Challenge for the German Social and Educational System", Social Science Research Center Berlin, funded by Stiftung Mercator from April to December 2015.

Law and the Rule of Law as Elements of Sustainable Development - Insights from the Perspective of Science and Practice", cooperation project of the Social Science Research Center Berlin and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. Duration: September 2015 - April 2016.