Dr. Frank Altemöller

Dr. jur. Frank Altemöller is Professor for International, European and German Economic Law at the University of Harz in Germany (University of Applied Studies and Research). Concurrently he is affiliated with the University of Münster, where he provides academic advice as Deputy Academic Director for the “Master of Customs Administration, Policy and Law” course.

He started his academic education with a training programme in the German Federal Tax Administration. There he received a diploma at the College of Higher Education for Finance in North-Rhine-Westphalia (Diploma in Public Finance). After his subsequent studies at law faculties in Munster, Berlin and Geneva, he completed his university education with an interdisciplinary doctorate at the University of Saint Gallen in Switzerland, focussing on World Trade and the Law of the World Trade Organization (WTO). He then participated in developing one of the first German distance-learning universities (the Hamburger Fern-Hochschule) where, from 2002 to 2006, he established new courses of study and also developed distance-learning programmes in international and economic law.

In 2006, on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Frank Altemöller began working in international capacity building, providing expertise on customs policy, trade strategies and the role of the WTO. Due to this, he is involved in projects in China, the Middle-East and Africa, concentrating on the strategic dimension of trade policies. His academic research is currently focussed on concepts of economic governance, legal transfer and development strategies. In accordance with his research interests, he also teaches on issues of international economic integration, regionalization and regulation at the Law Faculty of the University of Münster and the Faculty of Political Sciences at the Free University of Berlin (the Otto-Suhr-Institute). He has given numerous guest lectures, e.g. in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.