Professor Stephan  Madaus  pictureProfessor Stephan Madaus

Professor of Law

Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Universitatsring 2
Halle (Saale), 06108
F. 49 (0)345-552-7202



Prof. Dr. Stephan Madaus is a full professor of law at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, where he served as the head of the Law School from 2016 to 2018. He teaches property law (including secured transactions), insolvency and restructuring law, as well as contract and tort law. Prof. Madaus is a Member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Restructuring and Insolvency. He currently serves as a Vice-President of the International Insolvency Institute after co-chairing its Academic Committee from 2018 to 2021. Prof. Madaus is a Founding Member of the Conference of European Restructuring and Insolvency Law (CERIL) and has been a member of the board ever since.

His research interests lies in dealing with debt burdens and therefore in insolvency and restructuring laws – with a special focus on the comparative analysis of relevant regulatory approaches in jurisdictions worldwide as well as in the soft law of international organisations. Together with Prof. Bob Wessels (Leiden University), he headed the "European Law Institute's Project on Rescue of Business in Insolvency Law" from 2013 to 2017 (OUP 2020). He was a member of the research team that evaluated the 2012 insolvency law reform (“ESUG") for the German Ministry of Justice in 2017/2018. As a member of an international research team, he helped to develop the "Modular Approach for MSME Insolvencies" (OUP 2018) and a new cross-border approach for "Financial Institutions in Distress" (OUP 2023).


European Insolvency Law
German Insolvency Law
International Insolvency Law
Business Rescue Tools
Civil Procedure and Arbitration