Philipp Renninger

Global Professor of Practice, Law

Prof. Renninger is a Global Professor of Practice, Law (China), at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Beforehand, he held an SNSF Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship and Visiting Scholarship at Harvard Law School, sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation. In addition, he is affiliated with Nanjing University’s Sino-German Institute for Law Studies as an Honorary Research Fellow.

Prof. Renninger’s first research focus lies on comparative public law, particularly federalism, central-local relations, urban law, and human rights. He contrasts Chinese law with jurisdictions such as his native Germany and Switzerland as well as the U.S. and the UK. Prof. Renninger has a second key interest in comparative jurisprudence. He specializes in Sinomarxism, ancient Chinese legal philosophy, and Weimar-era German legal theory.

Prof. Renninger holds a dual-degree PhD in law from the Universities of Freiburg and Lucerne. Previously, he read law as well as Chinese in Freiburg and Nanjing, graduating with the German First Exam in Law (J.D. equivalent). Prof. Renninger has held short-term and visiting research or teaching appointments at Oxford, King’s College London, NUS Singapore, MPI Heidelberg, the China University of Political Science and Law, and Lund University.