Susanne Augenhofer is an Associate Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, where she was also a visiting researcher in 2013–2014. She is a Professor of Law at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, holding the chair for Civil Law, European Private Law, Comparative Law and Market-regulation through Consumer and Competition law since December 2013. In spring 2016 she served as visiting professor at Columbia Law School. During the academic year 2016/17 she serves as Global Hauser Senior Fellow at NYU.
Before her appointment as associate professor at Humboldt University in 2009, she conducted research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany), the London School of Economics (Great Britain) and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Professor Augenhofer studied law at the University of Graz (Austria, Mag. Iur.), the Universitá Statale di Milano (Italy), the University of Vienna (Austria, doctor iuris), and as a Fulbright scholar at Yale Law School (LL.M.) as well as at the Free University Berlin (Germany, LL.M.), where she was supported by a Yale Fox Fellowship.
Her focus in teaching and research ranges from (international) contract and consumer law to fair trading (advertising) law and antitrust law—with a special emphasis on the enforcement of rights and legal comparison in the context of the harmonisation of private law in the EU and transnational settings. Her current research focusses on the liability of businesses for corporate speech, self-regulation of privacy law, and the private enforcement of antitrust law.
Professor Augenhofer is a Fellow of the European Law Institute (ELI). She has advised the European Parliament and the European Commission on various issues regarding European fair trading as well as consumer law and its enforcement. She is the co-founder of the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic, the first German legal clinic for consumer rights