Prof. Dr. Stefan Klinski

Department of Business and Economics
Professor for Commercial Law, particularly Environmental Law
Specialist area: Law

T: +49 (0)30 30877-1331
E: sklinski(at)

Visitor's address
Schöneberg Campus
Building B
Room 5.10
Badensche Straße 50-51
10825 Berlin

Postal address
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
Schöneberg Campus
Badensche Straße 52
10825 Berlin


Academic and Professional Career

  • 1991: Completed First State Examination in Law following study of Law at the Free University Berlin
  • 1991-1994: Legal traineeship in Berlin with time spent abroad in Sausalito, USA
  • Research assistant at the law firm Gaßner, Groth & Siederer (Berlin) with a focus on construction law, planning law and environmental law
  • 1994: Completed Second State Examination in Law in Berlin
  • 1995-1998: Judge (Administrative Court Berlin) with focus on immigration law, asylum law, pollution control law and waste disposal law
  • 1995-2004: Assistant lecturer at the FHW Berlin
  • 1998-2001: Lawyer at the law firm Schmidt-Wottrich, Jungnickel & Partner (Berlin) with a focus on environmental law and public and private commercial law
  • 2000: Obtained doctorate (Dr. jur.) under Prof. Dr. U. Battis at the Humboldt University, Berlin
  • 2001-2004: Lawyer in own legal practice with research profile; various research projects in German and European environmental and commercial law
  • Since October 2004: Professorship at the FHW Berlin (now Berlin School of Economics and Law)

International contacts (e. g.)

  • Center for international Environmental Law (CIEL), Washington, USA
  • Transport, Travel and Research Institute (TTR), Oxford, UK

External relations

  • Öko-Institut (Freiburg/Berlin/Darmstadt) - a European research institute specialising in environmental consultancy
  • IZT, Berlin – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment
  • Institute for Public Economics (FiFo), University of Cologne
  • Ecologic Institute, Berlin
  • Leipzig Institute for Energy
  • Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Heidelberg (IFEU)
  • VDI – The Association of German Engineers (Düsseldorf)

Expert for

  • Environmental law
  • European law
  • Constitutional law
  • Energy law
  • International law

Key Aspects in Teaching

  • Commercially significant environmental law on the degree course for economic engineers – focus on environment
  • Environmental law on the post-graduate course in Environmental and Quality Management
  • Basic conditions for economic activity in the topic area of “The economy and the environment” (course of study: Business Administration)
  • General commercial law (basic principles)

Research Projects and Fields

  • Ecoprofit Berlin (2001-2005), for the Institute for Innovation, Resource Conservation and Sustainability at the FHW Berlin (IRIS), study commissioned by the federal state of Berlin
  • Renewable energies – legal questions (four projects, 2000-2006), projects commissioned by the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU), a project in cooperation with the Öko-Institut
  • Investigation into the impact of the new EG environmental subsidy framework (2003), commissioned by the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) and the Institute for Public Economics, Cologne (FiFo)
  • Legal evaluation of a model for emission certificate trading (two projects, 2002-2004), commissioned by the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) in cooperation with the Ecologic Institute

Selected, current Publications

  • Aufgaben, Entwicklungen und Perspektiven eines globalen Rechts für Umwelt und Wirtschaft. in: B. Mahnkopf (Hg.): Globalisierung von Wirtschaftsprozessen - Eine Einführung, Berlin 2003, S. 299-322
  • Der verfassungs- und europarechtliche Rahmen einer streckenbezogenen "Schwerverkehrsabgabe". In: Deutsches Verwaltungsblatt (DVBl.) 2002, S. 221-229
  • Anforderungen an das Recht zur Umsetzung des Nachhaltigkeitsgebots. In: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Hg.): Anforderungen an die Realisierung des Leitbildes der nachhaltigen Entwicklung, Berlin 2002, S. 22-31
  • Rechtliche Probleme der Zulassung von Windkraftanlagen in der "ausschließlichen Wirtschaftszone" (AWZ). UBA-Texte 62/01, Berlin 2001
  • Umweltorientierte Schwerverkehrsabgaben aus der Sicht des Verfassungs- und Europarechts - Modelle, Restriktionen, Gestaltungsoptionen. UBA-Texte 58/01, Berlin 2001
  • Der rechtliche Rahmen umweltpolitischer Steuerung. In: Rogall: Bausteine einer zukunftsfähigen Umwelt- und Wirtschaftspolitik, Berlin 2000, S. 137-185
  • Antrieb oder Bremse - Der Beitrag des Umweltrechts zu einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung. In: H. Rogall/ G. Dybe (Hg.): Die ökonomische Säule der Nachhaltigkeit, Berlin 2000, S. 73-100