Professor Terhechte studied law and philosophy at the University of Bielefed. After the first
state exam in law (2000) he obtained his Dr. iur. (summa cum laude) in 2003. During his legal
clerkship he worked at, among others, the German Federal Competition Authority, Coudert
Brothers LLP (Trade & Competition Group) in Brussels and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
in Washington D.C. (International Antitrust Division). He passed the second state exam
(bar exam) in 2005.
His main fields of research are European law (especially competition law, common trade policy,
customs law as well as European constitutional & administrative law) and international
economic law (especially WTO law, international competition law, law of investment protection).
He published more than 20 books and approximately 250 articles, book chapters, commentaries
and shorter notes on a wide range of international and European legal questions.
Some of his German and English publications have been translated into Korean, Chinese,
Czech, Russian and Mongolian.
He is co-editor of the ‘European Yearbook of International Economic Law’ and assistant editor
of the leading German journal ‘Europarecht’. He works on numerous commentaries on the
law of the European Union and international law. Besides that, he is editor of the ‘Enzyklopädie
des Europarechts’ (Encyclopaedia of European Law), a 10 volumes publication.
Since 2017 he is one of the three senior editors of the ‘von der Groeben Commentary on EU
law’ the leading publication in European law in Germany (four volumes with approximately
8.500 pages and 175 authors).
In addition to his academic work, Professor Terhechte works as a Judge at the Administrative
Court Lüneburg (Disciplinary Court) and frequently advises institutes, organizations and other
actors on questions of European and international law. He represented clients before many
institutions including the European Commission, the German Constitutional Court and civil
courts.
He is, among others, a member of the German Society of European Law (since 2016 elected
member of the steering committee), the International Law Association (German branch), the
Chartered Institute for Arbitration (MCIArb), the German National Committee of Comparative
Law, the Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA) & the Scientific Advisory
Board of the Federal Competition Authority of Germany (‘Bundeskartellamt’).
He has held visiting positions at universities and institutions in the United States (George
Washington University Law School, Georgetown Law Center – Institute for International
Economic Law, Fordham Law School – Institute for Competition Law & U.S. Federal Trade
Commission), the United Kingdom (University of Oxford – Institute for European and Comparative,
University of Glasgow), the Netherlands (University of Utrecht, Radboud University
Nijmegen), Indonesia (University of Bandung) and Mongolia (State University of Mongolia
and University of the Humanities). In 2016, he was a visiting professor at the University of
West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.
Furthermore, he is working as an adjunct professor of law at the Charles University, Prague
(since 2006), at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg (since 2006), at the China-Europe School of
Law, Bejing (since 2008) and at the St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law (since
2009).