Founded in 2000 by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Bucerius Law School (BLS) in Hamburg is Germany’s first private law school with the right to award doctoral and post-doctoral degrees.

Prof. Dr. Doris König MCL holds the Chair of Public Law II - Chair for Public Law, General Administrative Law, International and European Law at  Bucerius Law School. Prof. König’s main research interests are in the fields of European Integration Law, the International Law of the Sea, International Environmental Law in relation to International Economic Law and the International Law of Human Rights.

Research Team

At the Bucerius Law School, Prof. Dr. Doris König MCL is responsible for the law-related aspects of the PiraT project. She is a member of the public international law advisory board of the German Foreign Office and one of the directors of the Max Planck Research School for Maritime Affairs. Prof. König has researched extensively in the field of deployment of naval forces for the suppression of terrorism, piracy and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Andreas Kolb, Thilo Neumann and Tim Salomon support Prof. König with this research project.   


The main objective of the sub-project of Bucerius Law School is to develop the legal framework necessary to define the concept of “security governance”. This framework will have to allow for appropriate measures against maritime terrorism and piracy, while minimizing the risk of future attacks on maritime trade.

The scientific objectives can be subdivided into three stages:

First, the existing legal norms of international, European and national law related to the suppression of maritime terrorism and piracy need to be collected and cataloged.

Second, the norms and their interaction need to be analyzed to detect loopholes and other deficits, which have an adverse effect on the efficiency of the measures to suppress piracy and maritime terrorism.

Third, based on the above results, potential options for optimizing the legal framework are to be developed.