Since 2007, Professor Micklitz has been a Professor for Economic Law at the European University Institute in Italy. He is also the Jean Monnet Chair of Private Law and European Economic Law at the University of Bamberg (emeritus), Head of the Institute of European and Consumer Law (VIEW) in Bamberg. He has studied law and sociology in Mainz, Lausanne/Geneva (Switzerland), Giessen, and Hamburg. He has consulted for OECD in Paris, UNEP Geneva Switzerland/Nairobi Kenya, and CI (Consumers International) Den Haag Netherlands/Penang Malaysia. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute Florence, Italy, a visiting professor at Somerville College at the University of Oxford, and is a co-founder of the Centre of Excellence at the University of Helsinki. He held an ERC Grant from 2011-2016 on European Regulatory Private Law. He is the Finland Distinguished Professor of the Academy of Finland for 2016-2020, and continues to consult for ministries in Austria, Germany, the UK, the European Commission, OECD, UNEP, GIZ, and non-governmental organizations.
His research focuses on European Economic Law, European Private Law, Common European Sales Law, regulatory private law, National and European Consumer Law, Legal Theory, Theories of Private Law, Social Justice, and Theories on Transnational Law.