Thomas MJ Möllers

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Thomas MJ Möllers (2014)

Thomas MJ Möllers (born January 25, 1962 in Mainz ) is a German legal scholar.


Möllers studied law at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and the Université de Dijon .

After taking the first state examination in law in Rhineland-Palatinate (Mainz), he wrote a comparative law dissertation with Walther Hadding on the subject of "The bank's liability in the event of loan termination - a contribution to the obligations of conduct when terminating loans in German and American law" from the University of Mainz and as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley .

During his legal clerkship, Möllers worked as a research assistant for Wolfgang Fikentscher at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich from February 1989 . After completing his legal traineeship in Bavaria and an optional position at the Istituto Universitario Europeo in Florence with Gunther Teubner , he passed the second state examination in law in Munich.

In July 1995 he completed his habilitation on the subject of “Protection of legal interests in environmental and liability law. Preventive traffic obligations and easing of evidence in risk situations ”at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. After holding a professorship at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg, he was appointed full professor of civil law, business law, European law, international private law and comparative law at the Law Faculty of the University of Augsburg on July 1, 1996 .

His main research interests are German and European civil, capital market and competition law, European company law, comparative law and legal methodology. Möllers has been supervising over 180 doctoral students since 1997, with more than 100 having successfully completed their doctorate. To date, he has published over 400 publications in German, English, Chinese, French, Turkish and Polish on his main research areas. In addition, Möllers has given over 160 scientific lectures at home and abroad.

Möllers was visiting professor and research professor at the universities of Sydney (1999/2000, 2006/2007 ), Pittsburgh (2000, 2011), North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002, 2004, 2009), Pepperdine (2004), Hobart (2008) , Washington, DC (2010, 2018) Beijing (2011, 2019), Lyon (2013, 2015) and Lanzhou (2016).



Möllers has been the spokesman for the Augsburg Center for Global Economic Law and Regulation ( ACELR ) since 2007 . He publishes the series “ACELR - Work on International Business Law and Business Regulation”. He is also co-editor of the Augsburger Rechtsstudien (Nomos-Verlag) and since 1996 managing director of the “ Center for European Legal Studies ” ( CELOS ). He is also a member of the advisory board of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center ( MIPLC ), a cooperation between the University of Augsburg, the Technical University of Munich , the George Washington University and the Max Planck Society . He is co-editor of the MIPLC series and the Cologne Commentary on the Securities Trading Act .

As part of his research, he also heads the database on German and European business law. This database is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of European and national commercial law and makes the influence of European law on national commercial law visible. The main focus of the database is on capital market and corporation law. But it also contains the most important developments in private and competition law. Well over 1000 data sets and approx. 6000 files give the user access to an extensive inventory of European primary and secondary law as well as numerous national article laws, federal laws and regulations.

Möllers received third-party funding from the Deutsche Bundesbank , the European Union and the “Kurt and Felicitas Viermetz Foundation”, among others .

Since 2009 he has been a permanent member of the “Money and Currency” board of trustees of the Deutsche Bundesbank , and on July 1, 2015, he was unanimously elected chairman of the board of trustees. In addition, Möllers has worked several times as an expert for the European Union , the German Bundestag and the Science Council.


Möllers is particularly active internationally. He is responsible for the Augsburg Stage European and International Business Law . This event conveys the essential fundamentals of European and international business law to the participants through lectures, seminars and written exams . Renowned guest lecturers from the USA, France, Italy and South Africa have been participating in the Augsburg Stage on a rotating basis since 1997. In addition, an LL.M. -Program "Law of the international economy" offered.

Part of Möllers' international commitment is also the Summer Program , which takes place every summer in Augsburg. This program provides German as well as international students with knowledge of European business law through English-language courses and exercises. In addition, the Möllers chair organizes an exchange program with six US universities ( George Washington University , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , Pepperdine University , Santa Clara University , Chicago-Kent College of Law , University of Pittsburgh ) every winter semester . These collaborations enable the students to already acquire points for an LL.M. degree and to study for one semester free of charge at the respective university.

Awards & grants

  • October 2016: Acquisition of a Jean-Monnet Center of Excellence at the University of Augsburg "European Integration - Rule of Law and Enforcement (INspiRE)"
  • September 2012: Admission to Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), Law Section, based in London.
  • July 2012: Election to the Scientific Board of the Italian online legal journal “JUS CIVILE”.
  • March 2011: admission to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (European Academy of Sciences and Arts), Department of Social Sciences, Law and Economics, based in Salzburg.
  • January 2011: Appointment as permanent visiting professor at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing.
  • June 2010: Award of the Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair by the EU Commission (reserved for "respected professors who can prove international teaching experience and scientific publications at a high level").
  • Since 2009: Expert for the Evaluation Exercise or Action Jean Monnet KA1 (including Information and Research Activities) for the European Union (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency).
  • September 2005: Award of a Jean Monnet Chair for European Corporate, Capital Markets and Competition Law by the EU Commission with financial award.
  • Since 2004: Expert reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG).
  • 2004: Fulbright scholarship for a research stay at Pepperdine University .
  • 2003: Advising as an expert within the framework of the EU Phare Project “Capital Market Legislation & Securities Commission - Legislation and Institutional Building - Czech Republic”, Prague (Czech Republic).
  • Since 1996: Examiner of the selection committee of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung .
  • 1988 to 1989: PhD scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
  • 1984 to 1988: Student grant from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
  • 1984: DAAD scholarship holder for a stay abroad at the Université de Dijon / France.


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