SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Sharing Control in the Law of Property: Lesser and Limited Property Rights and the Numerus Clausus-Principle
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I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto’ Faculty of Law. My research focuses on private law, particularly on the law of property, which I examine through theoretical and comparative lenses.

In my doctoral research project, I study how the law of property both permits and restricts the sharing of control and use between owners and non-owners. I work out how the essential features of a historically grown conception of ownership are central to comprehending the emergence of different types of non-ownership property rights and their interactions.

I hold a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (Germany) with a specialization in International Commercial Law, Conflict of Laws, and Cross-Border Civil Procedure and have passed the first and second German “state examinations in law” with distinction. As part of my training, I have served as a law clerk at the Higher Regional Court of Appeal of Hamburg. I also hold a Master of Laws (LL.M.)-degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to commencing my graduate research, I practiced as a lawyer in the areas of Intellectual Property and Litigation.  

In the winter term 2020/21, I will be a visiting researcher and Coing Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt a.M. (Germany).

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) cand., University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 2017 - present
LL.M. University of Toronto, 2016
Second State Examination in Law (Bar Exam), Hamburg (Germany), 2014
First State Examination in Law, Hamburg (Germany), 2011
LL.B. Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (Germany), 2010
Awards and Distinctions
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, 2020-2022
- Helmut-Coing Scholarship for research at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt a.M.), 2018
- Dean's Graduate Student Leadership Award (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law), 2018
- German Academic Exchange Fund (DAAD) Doctoral Excellence Scholarship, 2017-2018
- Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst Scholarship for Talented Students, 2007-2011
- German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) Scholarship for Talented Students, 2007-2009
Selected Publications

"From Local to Global on Multiple Pathways: A Review of Amnon Lehavi, Property Law in a Globalizing World" (forthcoming, (2020) 68:3 American Journal of Comparative Law)

 "Immanent Ratio Legis and Statutory Interpretation" in Klappstein, Verena & Maciej Dybowski, eds, Ratio Legis - Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives (Springer, 2018).

Works in Progress

« Des Lieux par le Droit : Le Privé, le Public, et le Droit de Propriété » (engl : "Places through Law : The Private, the Public and Property Law")

Research Interests
Civil Law
Comparative Law
Equity and Trusts
Legal History
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Private International Law
Property Law
Committee Members