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Research Projects – Overview

The research projects of the Department of Foreign and International Social Law are structured according to the following main areas of work:

Doctoral Group: "Health Law"

  • Acceptability and Reimbursement of Ethically Controversial Medical Procedures in the Public Healthcare System
  • Quality and Equity in Digital Health – a Comparative Approach
  • Migration und Organ Transplantation
  • Innovation Responsibility of the State for Pharmaceuticals

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Doctoral Group: "Adjudication of Social Rights"

  • Acceptance through Opposition Proceedings?
  • Effective Protection of Social Rights through Administrative Control? An Empirical Study of Opposition Proceedings in Social Law
  • Access to Social Rights in Taiwan
  • Legal Protection in Case of Employer's Non-Compliance to Pay Social Security Contributions in China
  • Judicial Enforcement of Social Benefits Provision in Latin America

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Individual Dissertation Projects

  • Post-Licensing Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals as a Basis for Coverage Decisions – The German SHI and the English NHS in Comparison
  • Vulnerability as a Legal Principle
  • Communication between Administration and Citizens in Social Law Proceedings - Legal Comparison between Germany and Taiwan
  • The Constitutional Foundations of the Design of Social Protection in Bulgaria

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How can I become a Doctoral Candidate at the Institute?

The Department for Foreign and International Social Law regularly offers doctoral programs on various subject areas.


How Public Opinion Is Informed by National Origins


Policy makers may consult public opinion when rethinking social security. Factors that influence public opinion usually go beyond personal interests and values, however. It is frequently argued that public institutions indirectly influence the...

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