Prof. Dr. Stamatia Devetzi

Social Security Law

Director of the Master's programme Social Law and Social Economy

Fulda University of Applied Sciences
Building 22, Room 024
Leipziger Straße 123
36037 Fulda
+49 661 9640-
+49 661 9640-452
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Prof. Dr. Stamatia Devetzi studied law in Athens, Rome and Osnabrück, has a diploma in law from the Law Faculty of University of Athens (1994) and a PhD from Osnabrück University (1998). After working as a legal expert with the German Pensions Insurance Institution (1998-2003), in 2003 she became professor of Social Security Law in Fulda. From 2011-2016 she was delegated as professor for Public Law and European Social Security Law at Osnabrück University. She has been active in teaching and research in the fields of Social Security, European Law and Law Comparison for over 20 years. She is member of the advisory board of FNA (Research Institute of the German Pensions Insurance) and of FIS (Network for Interdisciplinary Research on Social Policy, funded by the German Ministry of Labour), and member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Social Security.

Areas of Research

  • German and European Social Security Law
  • European Social Policy
  • Legal Comparison

Research Projects

  • DAAD project "Social Security Coordination and Migration - Recent trends and developments through the comparative law lens: a German - Greek perspective" (within the framework of the DAAD programme "University Partnerships with Greece" - cooperation with the Law Faculty of the University of Thessaloniki) Duration 1.1.2020-31.12.2022 Link
  • "Freiheit – Gerechtigkeit – Sozial(es) Recht" (Freedom, Fairness, Social Law) (10/2014-09/2015), Book Project (together with Constanze Janda), financed by Hans-Böckler-Stiftung 
  • "Die Verbindung zu einem (Sozial-)Staat in der Rechtsprechung des Europäischen Gerichtshofs" (The „link“ to a welfare state and the case law of CJEU”) (7/2013-7/2014), research project, University of Osnabrück
  • "Too sick to work? Reforms in European social security systems for persons with reduced earnings capacity" (02/2010-05/2011), research and book project, financed by FNA (Forschungsnetzwerk Alterssicherung) 
  • "Social Security, Supplementary Pensions and New Patterns of Work and Mobility: Researchers’ Profiles" (12/2009-10/2010), Expert group, European Commission, DG Research 
  • "Erwerbsminderungssysteme in Europa – eine rechtsvergleichende Analyse der Niederlande, des Vereinigten Königreichs, Schwedens und Deutschlands“ (Incapacity pension systems in Europe – a comparison between the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany) (04/2010-03/2011), financed by the Commission for Research Promotion of the University of Applied Sciences Fulda 
  • "Active Ageing in Europe" (04/2008-3/2009), financed by the Commission for Research Promotion of the University of Applied Sciences Fulda 
  • "Offene Methode der Koordinierung und Europäisches Sozialmodell" (Open Method of Coordination and European Social Model) (12/2007-01/2009), conference/book project, financed by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 
  • "Increasing Employability through Activation Policies – a Europeanisation of national strategies" (10/2006-9/2008), research project, together with Sara Stendahl und Thomas Erhag (University of Göteborg)


  • Member of EISS (European Institute of Social Security) Link
  • Member of Internationale Gesellschaft für das Recht der Arbeit und der sozialen Sicherheit (Deutsche Sektion) Link
  • Member of Netzwerk Migrationsrecht Link


Selection of five Publications

  • Social Security in Times of Corona” (Ed., with Angelos Stergiou), Sakkoulas, Athens/Thessaloniki 2021. Link
  • Health and long-term care benefits and the proposed revised coordination regulation: A brave new world or much ado about nothing? (with Jean Mc Hale), European Journal of Social Security, 2020, Vol. 22(2), pp. 180–195. Link
  • EU Citizens, Residence Rights and Solidariy in the Post-Dano/Alimanovic Era in Germany, in: European Journal of Migration and Law 2019, pp. 338–357. Link
  • Familienleistungen im Kontext der Freizügigkeit, Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialrecht 2017, S. 881–886.
  • „Sicherheit – Gerechtigkeit – Sozial(es) Recht“ - Festschrift für Eberhard Eichenhofer (Hrsg./Ed., zusammen mit Constanze Janda), Nomos, Baden-Baden 2015. Link

complete list of publications


  • 19.11.2019, Brussels, lecture at the workshop of the EU Parliament "The “Working Poor” and EU Free Movement: The Notion of “Worker” in the Context of Low-wage and Low-hour Employment", Workshop hosted by Estrella Durá Ferrandis MEP, Socialists and Democrats. Title of the presentation: "Low-wage and low-hour employment in Germany"
  • 23.9.2019, Universität Athen, Juristische Fakultät, Tagung „Trends and developments in social protection law”, Athen. Vortragstitel: „Solidarity and the relationship between Reg. 883/04 and 492/2011“
  • 16.9.2019, 3. Speyerer Migrationsrechtstage, Tagung “Aufenthaltsrecht und soziale Teilhabe von Unionsbürgern“, Speyer. Vortragstitel: „Aufenthaltsrechtlicher Status und Gleichbehandlung nach VO (EU) 492/2011“
  • 14.3.2019, VI European Labour Mobility Congress, Krakow, Podiumsdiskussion: “Social security of posted and sent workers”
  • 13.11.2018, Deutsche Rentenversicherung, Tagung „Alterssicherung im internationalen Vergleich und europäische Sozialpolitik“, Erkner. Vortragstitel: „Zugang von EU-Bürgern zu Grundsicherungsleistungen“
  • 24.9.2018, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung / HBS-Fachgespräch: Absicherung bei Erwerbsminderung neu denken, Berlin. Vortragstitel: „Erwerbsminderung anders absichern“ neue Entwicklungen in Europa“
  • 28.6.2018, Tagung „EU Citizenship: Main Achievements and Future Challenges“, Radboud University, Nijmegen. Vortragstitel: “Now also against workers? EU-Citizens, Residence Rights and Solidarity in the post Dano/Alimanovic era in Germany”
  • 22.6.2018, Tagung „Transnationalisierung der Arbeit und der Arbeitsbeziehungen“, Hochschule Fulda. Vortragstitel: (Sozial-)rechtliche Fragen der Arbeitsmigration bei Zuwanderung

more: Link

Further Functions

  • Co-Director of the Center for Intercultural and European Studies (CINTEUS) of the University of Applied Sciences Fulda Link
  • Member of the FNA advisory council (Forschungsnetzwerk Alterssicherung) Link
  • Member of the FIS advisory council (Fördernetzwerk Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung, gefördert durch das BMAS) Link
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Promotionskolleg "Soziale Menschenrechte" (Kassel University/ Fulda University of Applied Sciences) Link
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