The team is led by Alexander Hellgardt, professor of civil law at University of Regensburg. Alexander read law and philosophy at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen. He passed his First State Exam in Law in 2003 and clerked for the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court Hamburg, to take the Second State Exam in Law in 2008. During this period, he was a research associate for Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus J. Hopt at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg and obtained a PhD in Law also in 2008 from the University of Hamburg. He then moved to the USA to obtain an LLM from Harvard Law School. After returning to Europe, he has joined the team of  Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Wolfgang Schön at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich where he continues to be affiliated until today. In 2015 he has obtained his Habilitation at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. He held an interim professorship at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and as of 2017 he holds The Chair of Private Law, Corporate Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Regensburg. He has visited the Oxford Faculty of Law in 2012 and 2022. Not to take sides on the famous feud, he also visited the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge in 2016.

Karoline Ströhlein brings her experience in experimental economic research to the team. She worked as a doctoral student at the Institute of Management at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and obtained degrees from the University of Konstanz, the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, and the Università degli Studi di Pavia.

Joanna Tyrowicz provides the team with her experience in empirical, quantitative research, both with observational data and obtained through controlled experiments. She has degrees from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and University of Warsaw.

Student Assistants

Nina Beck studies Psychology at the University of Regensburg. She is particulary interested in the influence of regulation on views and perception.

David Harrieder is a student pursuing Digital Business at the University of Regensburg, where he demonstrates a keen interest in Analytical Programming, Statistics, and Econometric Approaches applied to data analysis.

Johannes Herrnberger studies law at the University of Regensburg. He  has previously worked as a software developer and is most interested in the steering effects of capital market regulation.

Altina Krasniqi studies Psychology at the University of Regensburg. She’s particularly interested in the psychological aspects of behavior control and regulation.

Florian Stockinger holds a BA in Finance from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart and has been studying law at the Universities of Regensburg and Cambridge since 2018.