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Dr. Christopher Unseld

Dr. Christopher Unseld is a Senior Associate with Hausfeld in Berlin. He advises clients on EU and German competition law and antitrust litigation.

Before joining Hausfeld as an associate he worked – as part of his legal training in Germany – for the public law department of a leading international law firm in Berlin, for the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in Karlsruhe as well as for the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin.

Christopher also worked as a research assistant at the law departments of the universities in Hanover, Ann Arbor, Leipzig and Berlin and taught European Union law, German administrative and constitutional law.

Christopher is fluent in German and English and has a good knowledge of Spanish and French. Having studied at the Universities of Hanover, Zaragoza and the University of Michigan Law School, he earned a Magister in European and Comparative Law (M.L.E.), a Master of Laws (LL.M.), and a Doctor iuris (PhD).

Practice Areas


Bar Exam / 2nd State Exam, Berlin

Ph.D., Humboldt-University Berlin

LL.M., University of Michigan Law School

1st State Exam & M.L.E., Leibniz University Hanover

Bar Admissions

Rechtsanwalt, Germany


Note on ECJ judgement of June 11, 2020 – Rs C-581/18 („TÜV Rheinland LGA Products und Allianz IARD“), EWiR 2020, pp. 457-8

Grenzenloser Versicherungsschutz im Produkthaftungsrecht? Der Brustimplantate-Skandal erreicht zum zweiten Mal den EuGH (Rs. C-581/18), EuZW 2020, pp. 421-5

EU Parliament Considers Draft Directive Supporting Representative Consumer Actions, Lexology/Hausfeld Competition Bulletin; March 5, 2019 (here)

Rationalités économiques et institutionnelles d’un effet horizontal illimité des droits fondamentaux, in: Hochmann/Reinhardt (eds.), L’effet horizontal des droits fondamentaux, Pedone 2018, pp. 93-115 (here)

Zur Bedeutung der Horizontalwirkung von EU-Grundrechten [The Horizontal Effect of EU-Fundamental Rights], Mohr Siebeck 2018, 360 pages (here)

 „Horizontal Application“, in: Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press 2017

Take Off Your 3D Glasses – How Nudging Provokes the Way We Imagine Law, in: Kemmerer / Möllers / Steinbeis / Wagner (eds.) Choice Architecture in Democracies - Exploring the Legitimacy of Nudging, Nomos / Hart Publishing 2016, pp. 345-52

Verhältnismäßig krisensicher – Wie Gerichte auf den Ausnahmezustand reagieren, in: Bauerschmidt/Fassbender/Müller/Siehr/Unseld (eds.), Konstitutionalisierung in Zeiten globaler Krisen, Nomos 2015, pp. 141-87

Case note ECJ judgment of September 3, 2014 – C-201/13 – Deckmyn, EuZW 2014, pp. 914-5

Der Mythos vom contra-legem-Verbot (with Leslie Manthey), Die Öffentliche Verwaltung (DÖV) 2011, pp. 921-9

Grundrechte vs. „effet utile“ – Vom Umgang des EuGH mit seiner Doppelrolle als Fach- und Verfassungsgericht (with Leslie Manthey), Zeitschrift für Europarechtliche Studien (ZEuS) 2011, pp. 323-41

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