Juliane Kokott

Juliane Kokott (born 1957) is the German Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and Professor at the University of St. Gallen.


Kokott studied law in Bonn and Geneva. Subsequent to her studies, she earned the academic title of Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the American University (AU) Washington, D.C., while being on a scholarship of the Fulbright Program. There she also worked as an Assistant to Thomas Buergenthal, Judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and former president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She worked as a judicial intern at the Landgericht Heidelberg and the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (Bundesverfassungsgericht) in Karlsruhe, whilst also being employed at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg. She concluded her doctorate (Dr. iur. utr.) at the University of Heidelberg with the dissertation titled "The Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights" ("Das interamerikanische System zum Schutz der Menschenrechte").

Juliane Kokott also earned a diploma from the Académie Internationale de Droit Constitutionnel in Tunis. As bearer of the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists, she concluded another study visit at Harvard Law School and was awarded the academic degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.).

After her habilitation at the University of Heidelberg, she taught at the Universities of Mannheim, Augsburg and Düsseldorf. From 2000 until her call to the ECJ, she headed the Institute for European Law, Public International Law and international business law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland with the correspondent professorship.

On 7 October 2003 Juliane Kokott succeeded Siegbert Alber as Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union. She is the third woman in the history of the ECJ to hold this position.

Juliane Kokott is married and mother to six children.


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