Prof. Dr. Svenja Behrendt

Senior Researcher


  • Fundamental Rights and Human Rights (Concepts, Theory, and Doctrine)
  • Constitutional Theory and Constitutional Law
  • (Modern) Legal Theory, Socio-Legal Studies, and Legal Philosophy
  • Democracy and Democratic Backsliding
  • Foundations of Law and Legal Systems
  • Digitalization & Datafication
  • Artificial Intelligence and Law


Since 02/2024: Junior Professor for Public Law
Mannheim University, Faculty of Law

Since 09/2023: Postdoctoral Researcher
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Department of Public Law

2021–2022: Second State Examination Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf (Higher Regional Court)

01/2022–08/2022: Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Konstanz, Initiative of Excellence “Human | Data | Society”

2021: Doctorate (Dr. iur.), HHU Düsseldorf
summa cum laude
Doctoral Thesis: Entzauberung des Rechts auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung: Eine Untersuchung zu den Grundlagen der Grundrechte (Demystifying the Right to Informational Self-Determination. An Investigation of the Foundations of Fundamental Rights)
Supervisors: Prof. em. Dr. Martin Morlok; Prof. em. Dr. Helmut Frister

2021: Complementary studies: Legal issues of artificial intelligence (HHU Düsseldorf, Faculty of Law)

2019–2021: Legal Clerk
Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf (Higher Regional Court)

Traineeships (selection)

  • Federal Constitutional Court (Department: President Prof. Dr. Stephan Harbarth)
  • Federal Ministry of Justice (Departments for procedural criminal law)

2019–2020: Research Assistant at a large international law firm

2013–2019: Research Assistant
Chair for Criminal Law and Procedural Criminal Law (Prof. Dr. Helmut Frister)
HHU Düsseldorf

2013: First state examination, Düsseldorf

2007–2013: Law studies at the University of Passau and at HHU Düsseldorf


  1. Prize for the best dissertation in 2021 from the Faculty of Law, HHU Düsseldorf
  2. Prize for excellent dissertations (awarded by ‘Freundeskreis’ of the Düsseldorf Law Faculty e.V., 2022)
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