Professor Wagner teaches and writes in the areas of international law, constitutional law and comparative law. His recent scholarship has focused on the development of autonomous weaponry and its compatibility with international humanitarian law and various aspects of international economic law. The latter includes scholarship on second and third generation barriers to trade (including measures to regulate toxicity and other public health measures) as well as comparisons between the global trade and investment regimes. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Harvard Journal of International Law, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, the Fordham International Law Journal, and the Tulsa Law Review.
Professor Wagner graduated from the University of Giessen, Germany with a J.D. equivalent (Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen) in 2002 and a master’s degree in international law in 2005. From 2002 to 2005, he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg / Germany, during which time he also served as legal counsel for the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York. In 2006, he graduated from Stanford Law School with an LL.M. degree. Professor Wagner subsequently clerked for then-President of the Supreme Court of Israel Aharon Barak and starting in 2007 worked for the Brussels office of WilmerHale.
Professor Wagner currently serves as the Associate Editor for the Journal of World Investment and Trade (JWIT) and sits on the advisory boards of the Göttingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) and the International Journal of Law in Context. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Council of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) and the immediate past co-chair of the Junior International Law Scholars Association (JILSA).
Widely recognized for his scholarship and teaching, he has been in considerable demand as a lecturer and expert witness in the areas of autonomous weapons under international law and international economic law before international organizations and at academic conferences. He was appointed as Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Teaching and Research of WTO Disputes at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing / China and has held visiting professor positions at the University of New South Wales, the Universidad Externado de Colombia in Bogota, the Universidad Los Andes in Bogota, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg and the Faculty of Law at the University of Leipzig.
In a previous life, Professor Wagner traveled from the Black Forest in Germany to the Yellow Sea in China by bicycle for charity. For more information, please visit the Cycling Without Borders website.