Prof. Dr. Cosima Möller
Cosima Möller studied law at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg between 1980 and 1986. Under the auspices of a doctoral fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation she completed her doctorate degree in 1989 with the dissertation “Freiheit und Schutz im Arbeitsrecht – Das Fortwirken des römischen Rechts in der Rechtsprechung des Reichsgerichts” at Institut für Römisches und Gemeines Recht in Göttingen, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Okko Behrends. After six years as research assistant (wissenschaftliche Assistentin) in Göttingen and a grant by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) she obtained her Habilitation in 2000 with the venia legendi for Roman law, civil law and the recent history of private law. Cosima Möller’s habilitation thesis deals with a main institute of neighbour law, the servitudes and their development history in Roman Law, as well as their function and dogmatic structure, with an outlook in the ius commune and in modern German civil law (Thesis Title: ‘Die Servituten. Zur Entwicklungs-
geschichte, Funktion und Struktur der grundstücksvermittelten Privatrechtsverhältnisse im römischen Recht. Mit einem Ausblick auf die Rezeptionsgeschichte und das BGB’). After consecutive semesters as a private lecturer at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and substitute professorships at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the Freie Universität Berlin, she became professor of civil law and Roman law at Freie Universität Berlin in August 2003. From April 2010 till March 2013 she served as Faculty Vice Dean followed by Deanery from April 2013 to March 2015.
Cosima Möllers research areas range from the Roman antiquity with a special focus on contract law, property law and questions of legal method and the influence of Greek philosophy in Roman law to the ‘reception’ of Roman law, the ius commune in the jurisdiction of the German Reichsgericht from 1879 to 1900, as well as current civil law. Her research and her publications concern subjects of contract law, property law and consumer protection law.
Since 2007 Cosima Möller has been a member of Topoi and the project leader of B-1 (Surveying and Limitation). She is Topoi spokesperson of research group (B-1) Routes-Water-Knowledge. She is also involved in the Area A with the project (A-3-4)  Water from a legal perspective. Her research focuses on the use of water as a resource in light of Roman law (A-3-4) and the surveying and limitations of land from juridical, gromatic and political perspectives (B-1-4). Please take a look at the description in detail under the special projects.
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Further Activities

29.06.2015 TalkGrundlagen privater Wassernutzung im römischen Recht, auf Einladung der Göttinger Vereinigung zur Pflege der Rechtsgeschichte e.V. an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.