Born 1967 in Hamburg. Following studies in Legal Science and Philosophy in Heidelberg, Buenos Aires and Munich he worked in Munich first as faculty assistant, than as assistant professor and from 2004 as leader of a partial project in the special research field "Pluralization and Authority in the Early Modern Age" funded by the DFG (CRC 573). In 1997 he was awarded a doctorate. In 2005 he qualified as a professor for Civil Law, German Legal History, Historical Comparative Law, Canon Law and Philosophy of Law. From 2005 to 2009 he was Professor of Legal History with a so-called dedicación especial en investigación at the Faculty of Law and Professor of Canon Law History at the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) as well as a member of the board of directors of the Instituto de Investigaciones de Historia del Derecho, Buenos Aires. Since 2009 he is scientific member of the Max-Planck Society, since 2010 managing director of the Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History and Professor for comparative legal history at the Faculty of Law of the Goethe University Frankfurt. His research focuses on Legal History in the Early Modern Era and Current Age with a special interest for the History of Law in Latin America.