Lars S. Otto, LLM

Lars Otto advises national and international clients in a wide range of public commercial law matters. These include issues such as the regulation of social media or the German foreign trade and payment law. Legal as well as strategic issues in the context of legislative procedures regularly play an important role in Mr. Otto’s work for his clients.

Before joining WilmerHale, Mr. Otto worked for several years as a research assistant at the Walter Hallstein Institute for European Constitutional Law, Chair for Public Law, International Law and European Law (Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Ingolf Pernice) at the Faculty of Law, Humboldt University of Berlin. His research, publications and teaching has focused in particular on questions of constitutional and European law.

During his legal clerkship, Mr. Otto gained experience at the German Federal Constitutional Court and in the directorate for constitutional law and policy of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior.

Professional Activities

Mr. Otto is a visiting lecturer at Humboldt University of Berlin since 2017.


  • European Court of Justice vs. German Federal Constitutional Court? On a Fertile Co-operation of the Supreme Courts, Political Feuilleton of Deutschlandfunk Kultur Radio of 26.04.2017, text and record in German can be found here
  • Mechanisms of Discourse: On Factual Claims and Opinion Making, Political Feuilleton of Deutschlandradio Kultur Radio of 03.03.2017, text and record in German can be found here.
  • In the Cabinet of Mirrors of Parliamentarism – Power and Powerlessness of European Citizens' Representations,, 2015
  • Exams in German Constitutional Law – Organization of the State – Including Principles of Constitutional Procedural Law and Methods of Law, Springer, 2012
  • A Democratic Solution to the Crisis – Reform Steps towards a Democratically Based Economic and Financial Constitution for Europe (together with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ingolf Pernice et al.), Nomos, 2012
  • Communicating Europe via Discourse – Emergence of a European Public Sphere (ed., together with Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ingolf Pernice), Nomos, 2011
  • Review of the Constitutional Court of North Rhine-Westphalia Decision of 15.03.2011 - no. VerfGH 20/10: Unconstitutional Additional Budget: Exceeding the Ordinary Limits of Debts, LKV 2011, p. 363
  • Europe Newly Constituted Without Constitution – Chances and Meaning of the Treaty of Lisbon (ed., together with Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ingolf Pernice), Nomos, 2010
  • Review of the Constitutional Court of Brandenburg Decision of 16.12.2010 - no. VfGBbg 18/10: Water Board: Space as Absolute Benchmark, Democratic Legitimation of Functional Self-administration and Special Contribution, LKV 2011, p. 124
  • Review of the German Federal Constitutional Court Decision of 17.11.2009 - no. 1 BvR: Regulatory Fine for Playing Piano on Sunday, LKV 2010, p. 171
  • Review of the Constitutional Court of Saxony-Anhalt Decision of 21.4.2009 - no. LVG 12/08 etc.: 2008 Reform of the Municipal Territory in Saxony-Anhalt, LKV 2009, p. 367
  • Review of the Constitutional Court of Saxony Decision of 30.01.2009 - no. Vf. 99-I-08: Executing an Evidence Order als Minority Right in the Parliamentarian Board of Inquiry, LKV 2009, p. 219

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  • Education

    • Second State Exam, Berlin Court of Appeals, 2017

    • LLM, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2010

    • First State Exam, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2008

    • Erasmus Exchange Term, Aarhus University, 2005

  • Admissions

    • Berlin

  • Languages

    • German

    • English