Mr. Niels Petersen is Ph.D. candidate at the University of Frankfurt and an associate fellow of the Junior Research Group of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. He is currently writing his dissertation on "The Legitimacy of Governments under International Law."
Mr. Petersen received his law degree in 2003 from the University of Muenster after having studied at the Universities of Muenster and Geneva, and the Geneva Graduate Institute for International Studies (HEI).
From 2004 to 2006, he was research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, working on human rights issues, the theory of international law and German constitutional law. Additionally, he gave lectures on fundamental rights at the University of Frankfurt in 2006.
At the same time, he was legal clerk at the Appellate Court of Frankfurt and passed his bar exam in 2005. In the course of this two-year traineeship, he worked, inter alia, for the German Embassy in Bangkok and for the GTZ Legal Advisory Service in Beijing, a project providing advise in legislative affairs to the Chinese National People's Congress.