Juniorprofessor Dr. Matthias Goldmann


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Out now: "Democracy and Financial Order: Legal Perspectives"

Goldmann, Matthias, Steininger, Silvia (Eds.)


The book discusses the relationship between democracy and the financial order from various legal perspectives. Each of the nine contributions adopts a unique perspective on the legal and political challenges brought before by the Global Financial Crisis.

Each chapter adresses the concept of law from a particular theoretical angle, be it a full-grown legal theory or an approach in political economy that has a particular view of the law.

Conrtibutions by: Matej Avbelj, Thomas Biebricher, Isabel Feichtner, Matthias Goldmann, Francisco Saffie G., Oisin Suttle, Emanuel V. Towfigh and Lars Viellechner.  E-book version available here.

Blog posts and media:

20. Nov 2019: Die Zeitung neues deutschland berichtet über die Entschädigungsforderungen der Hohenzollern gegen die Bundesrepublik Deutschland und zitiert dabei Matthias Goldmann. Den Artikel finden sie hier (in German).

13 Nov 2019: New post on Völkerrechtsblog "Decolonizing intertemporal international law".

Several news outlets cover the $2bn loan scandal that caused a sovereign debt crisis in Mozambique, citing Matthias Goldmann:

  • 8 Nov 2019: Bloomberg reports on bribe allegations against an executive of the Russian VTB Group which together with Credit Suisse was involved in the loan that became part of the major debt scandal in Mozambique. Available here.
  • 13 Sept 2019: Der schweizer Tagesanzeiger berichtet über die Verstrickung der schweizer Bank Credit Suisse in den Kreditskandal, der in Mosambik eine Staatsschuldenkrise verursacht hat. Den entsprechenden Artikel finden sie hier (Tagesanzeiger) und hier (Das Magazin). Zusätzliche Informationen zu diesem Thema finden Sie unter www.reflekt.ch.
  • 22 Aug 2019: The Economist reports on the $2bn loan scandal that sank Mozambique's economy, citing Matthias Goldman. Available here.
  • 5 Jun 2019: Bloomberg reports on Mozambique’s Constitutional Court declaring state guarantee for predatory loan unconstitutional, citing Matthias Goldman. Available here.
  • Republic of Mozambique CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL, Judgment No 5/CC/2019 of 3 June 2019 (unofficial translation). Available here.
  • 15 Mar 2019: Matthias Goldmann delivers a Keynote speech at CIP Conference in Maputo on "The Law and Political Economy of Mozambique's Odious Debt". Paper Available here.
  • 7 Jan 2019: Mozambique does not need to restructure, but to rescind the loans held by Credit Suisse and others. Bloomberg reports the statement by Matthias Goldmann. Available here.

9 Sept 2019: Pressemitteilung des hessichen Ministeriums für Finanzen: Rechtsgutachten bestätigt Rechtmäßigkeit der Starken Heimat Hessen, hier abrufbar. Das von Matthias Goldmann verfasste Rechtsgutachten zur verfassungsrechtlichen Vereinbarkeit der geplanten "Heimatumlage" finden Sie hier.

4 May 2019: Interview in Neues Deutschland "»Südwest« war kein Niemandsland", Matthias Goldmann spoke to Ulrike Wagener of Neues Deutschland about German colonialism in Namibia. Available here (in German).

23 Apr 2019: Why this time is different: Matthias Goldmann on Argentina's renewed financial trouble and the IMF in “Echo der Zeit” by Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (in German).

12 Dec 2018: New post on Verfassungsblog "Alle Jahre wieder: die Gelpolitik der EZB vor Gericht"

12 Dec 2018: New Post on Oxford Business Law Blog by Grygoriy Pustovit "Cryptocurrency Transactions: Immutable but not Irreparable".

"Ist der UN-Migrationspakt rechtsverbindlich? Nein." Dazu hat Matthias Goldmann am Freitag, 23.11.2018, in "Politik" auf HR-info gesprochen. Der Beitrag kann als Podcats hier nachgehört werden.

12 Sept 2018: New post on Völkerrechtsblog "Gibt es noch Hoffnung für überstaatliche Demokratie? Plädoyer für einen wehrhaften Internationalismus”.

2 March 2018: New post on Verfassungsblog "Cryptocurrencies: A ‘Sandbox for Regulators’?" (with Grygoryi Pustovit). Extended version available as a SAFE Policy Letter.

16 Aug 2017: New post on Verfassungsblog "Summer of Love: Karlsruhe Refers the QE Case to Luxembourg"

18 Aug 2017: Post on SAFE Policy Blog "Karlsruhe Refers the QE Case to Luxembourg: Summer of Love" German / English. Longer version published as SAFE policy letter No. 58: "Karlsruhe Refers the QE Case to Luxembourg: Summer of Love".

3 May 2017: "Integrated European Financial Supervision": Interview with Matthias Goldmann on SAFE Policy Blog on the possibilities and obstacles concerning a further centralization of supervisory competences. German Version / English Version

ADEMU - The impact of monetary policy on human rights (Youtube) - Matthias Goldmann spoke to ADEMU about the impact of monetary policy on human rights while participating in ADEMU's 2017 conference, 'How much of a fiscal union for the EMU?'.

"A History of Misunderstandings and a Discourse Theorethical Proposal" (Youtube) - Public Law & Finance, IUC Seminar by Matthias Goldmann, Turin, 20 March 2017.

Recent Publications:

Matthias Goldmann, "Das German Law Journal: Open Access als Element eines wissenschaftlichen Programms". In: Hanjo Hamann, Daniel Hürlimann (Hrsg.) Open Access in der Rechtswissenschaft, Sonderheft "Rechtswissenschaft", Nomos, Baden-Baden, Seite 118 - 128. Available here.

Matthias Goldmann/Kevin Hinzen, Referendarexamensklausur – Öffentliches Recht: Staatsorganisationsrecht und Aufenthaltsrecht – Gefahr erkannt, Gefährder verbannt?, JuS Probeexamen 2019, Beilage zu Heft 6/2019, S. 636-642.

Matthias Goldmann, Anachronismen als Risiko und Chance: Der Fall Rukoro et al. gegen Deutschland. In: Kritische Justiz 2019, S. 92-117. Available here.

Goldmann, M. (2019). "Relative normativity". In: d’Aspremont, J., & Singh, S. (Eds.), Concepts for International Law. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp.740-759. Available here.

Foreign Investment, Sovereign Debt, and Human Rights. In: Sovereign Debt and Human Rights, Ilias Bantekas, Cephas Lumina (Hrsg.). OUP, Oxford 2018, 129-145. Available here.

Matthias Goldmann, „Völkerrechtliche Vereinbarungen und direkte Demokratie“, 78 ZaöRV (2018) 281-310. Available at beck-online.

Goldmann, Matthias (2018). United in Diversity? The Relationship between Monetary Policy and Prudential Supervision in the Banking Union. European Constitutional Law Review, 14(2), 283-310. Available at Cambridge Core. Previous version available as SAFE Working Paper at https://ssrn.com/abstract=2975998.

Matthias Goldmann, "Discretion, not rules: postunitary constitutional pluralism in the Economic and Monatary Union." In: Davies, G. & Avbelj, M. (eds.), Research Handbook on Legal Pluralism and EU Law. Edward Elgar Publishing 2018, pp. 335-354. Also available at SSRN.

Goldmann, Matthias (2018) "Public and Private Authority in a Global Setting: The Example of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies: Vol. 25: Iss. 1 (Spring 2018). Available here.

Matthias Goldmann, “Sources in the Meta-Theory of International Law: Exploring the Hermeneutics, Authority, and Publicness of International Law.” In: The Oxford Handbook on the Sources of International Law, Jean d'Aspremont, Samantha Besson (eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford 2017, 447-468. OUP Website

Matthias Goldmann, "The Great Recurrence: Karl Polanyi and the Crises of the European Union", 23 European Law Journal (2017) 272-289.

Working papers 2017/2018:

Goldmann, Matthias, The Entanglement of Sovereignty and Property in International Law: From German Southwest Africa to the Great Land Grab? (October 28, 2018). Available at SSRN.

Goldmann, Matthias, Hopes of Progress: European Integration in the History of International Law (October 8, 2018). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2018-26. Available at SSRN.

Declaration of Matthias Goldmann before the SDNY Court in the case of the Ovaherero and Nama Peoples v. Germany (April 25, 2018). Available at SSRN.

Matthias Goldmann and Grygoriy Pustovit, "Public Interests in Sovereign Debt Litigation: An Empirical Analysis" (May 2018). Available at SSRN.

Matthias Goldmann, "Foreign Investment, Sovereign Debt, and Human Rights" (January 17, 2018 - update July 2018). Chapter for Ilias Bantekas and Cephas Lumina (eds.), Sovereign Debt and Human Rights, OUP 2018 (forthcoming). Available at SSRN.

Matthias Goldmann, "Relative Normativity" (March 08, 2017). Chapter for Jean d’Aspremont and Sahib Singh (eds.), Fundamental Concepts of International Law (2017 Forthcoming). Available at SSRN.

For further working papers, please consult my author's page at SSRN.