Stefan Vogenauer works mostly in the areas of European legal history, comparative law and transnational private law. He has a particular interest in legal transfers in the common law world, the history of EU law and the comparative history of legal method.
Professor Vogenauer is a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society. He has been Director of the Institute and Head of Department I since 1 October 2015. In January 2016 he took over the Managing Directorship of the Institute.
From 2003 to 2015 Vogenauer held the established Chair in Comparative Law at the University of Oxford where he also was a Fellow of Brasenose College and, since 2004, Director of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law.
Vogenauer was born in Germany (Eutin) in 1968. He read law at the Universities of Kiel, Paris and Oxford (MJur 1995) and did his practical training in Regensburg where he also was a research assistant at the university. He went on to be a Senior Research Fellow at the Hamburg Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.
In 2012 a Humboldt Award was conferred upon him 'in recognition of his lifetime achievements in research'. For his comparative and historical analysis of the interpretation of statutes in English, French, German and EU law, 'Die Auslegung von Gesetzen in England und auf dem Kontinent', he was awarded the Max Weber Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society in 2002, as well as the 2008 Prize of the German Legal History Conference.
Vogenauer has held visiting positions at the universities of Melbourne, Paris II and Stellenbosch, and also at Bucerius Law School, Louisiana State University (LSU), New York University (NYU) and the University of Texas at Austin.