Prof. Dr. Saskia Lettmaier, B.A. (Oxford), LL.M., S.J.D. (Harvard)

Curriculum vitae

Personal Data

Name Saskia Katharina Lettmaier 
Date of birth March 11, 1979
Denomination Roman Catholic


Education and Professional Career

1989–1998 Secondary School (Friedrich-Rückert-Gymnasium Ebern), Germany
1996 Pre-College Program, Duke University
1999–2002 Studies in English Law, Oxford University
2002–2003 LL.M. Candidate, Harvard Law School
2003–2008 Studies in German Law, University of Erlangen, Germany
2004–2007 Ph.D. Project, University of Bamberg, Germany
2005–2009 Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Erlangen, Germany
2008–2015 S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School
2010–2012 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Regensburg, Germany
2010–2012 Referendariat (practical legal training) at the Regional Court of Regensburg, Germany
Feb. 2016
Habilitation (professorial qualification), University of Regensburg, Germany
Judge at the District Court of Straubing, Germany
Feb.–May 2016 District Attorney, Nuremberg, Germany
May 2016– Tenured Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Kiel, Germany
Co-Director of the University's Hermann Kantorowicz Institute
2016– Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Schleswig, Schleswig-Holstein
Dec. 2019 Offer of a Professorship (W3) for private law and German and European legal history at the University of Trier (rejected)


Exams and Degrees

1998 Abitur (1,0)
2002 B.A., Oxford University (first class honours)
2003 LL.M., Harvard Law School
2007 Ph.D. (summa cum laude), University of Bamberg
Committee: Prof. Dr. Christa Jansohn, University of Bamberg, Germany; Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Reinhard Zimmermann, Max Planck Institute, Hamburg, Germany
2010 First State Exam in Law (1st out of 1003 participants, highest grade [16,39 points] awarded in the state of Bavaria since records began)
2012 Second State Exam in Law (4th out of 698 participants)
2015 S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science), Harvard Law School
Committee: Charles Donahue Jr., Harvard Law School; Janet Halley, Harvard Law School; John Witte Jr., Emory University School of Law
2016 Habilitation (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Löhnig, University of Regensburg, Germany) qualification to teach private law, Roman, German, European and comparative legal history, private international law and comparative law


Scholarships, Competitions, and Awards

1998 Scholarship by the state of Bavaria for extremely talented students
2002 St. Anne’s College Law Prize, Oxford University
2004–2007 Doctoral scholarship by Cusanuswerk (Catholic foundation)
2006 Honorable mention, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna
2007 Görres-Wissenschafts-Prize for excellent Ph.D. thesis, University of Bamberg
2008 Löwel-Prize for excellent Ph.D. thesis
2008 Faculty Award, University of Erlangen
2008–2009 Scholarship by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung for research at Harvard Law School
2010 Award by the Bavarian Ministry of Justice for excellent results in the First State Exam in Law
2012 Postdoc-Fellowship, University of Regensburg, Germany
2013 Gibson Dunn US Fellowship
2013 Irving Oberman Memorial Prize for the best paper in legal history, Harvard Law School
2014 Harvard Law School Summer Academic Fellowship
2015 Irving Oberman Memorial Prize for the best paper in family law, Harvard Law School
2015–2016 Scholarship for professorial candidates


Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Legal History
  • American Society of Comparative Law
  • Selection Committee for the Johannes-Zilkens-Prize 2017 (awarded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation)
  • Deutscher Familiengerichtstag e.V.
  • Deutscher Hochschulverband
  • Essex Autonomy Project, Research Affiliate
  • Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung e.V.
  • Journal of Civil Law Studies, National Correspondent for Germany
  • Juristische Arbeitsblätter (JA), Member of the Advisory Board
  • Justizprüfungsamt Schleswig-Holstein, Examiner in the First State Exam
  • Selden Society
  • Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Familienrecht e.V.
  • Zivilrechtslehrervereinigung e.V.