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Prof. Dr. Michael Wrase

Portrait Prof. Dr. Michael Wrase (Foto: Udo Borchert)
Research Fields
  • Constitutional law
  • Administrative law, particularly education and social law
  • Socio-legal studies
  • Anti-discrimination law
fon: +49 30 25491 532
mail: michael [dot] wrase [at] wzb [dot] eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Research Fellow of the

Professional experience

since October 2016
Professor of Public Law with special emphasis on social and education law at the University of Hildesheim (visiting professorship in cooperation with the WZB)

since January 2016
Senior Researcher at the Social Science Center Berlin, President´s Project Group

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

since April 2014
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. 



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)

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

Second State Examination in Law, Berlin-Brandenburg

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 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


The right to education – the State’s duty to ensure equality of opportunity and inclusive participation