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Jens Kersten works in the fields of European, Constitutional, and Administrative Law. He specialized in Bioethics, Labour, Environmental, Planning, and Infrastructure Law and authors over 150 articles in academic journals in these fields.

He is also author of
• "Georg Jellinek und die klassische Staatslehre [Georg Jellinek and the Classical Theory of the State]" (Mohr Siebeck, 2000)
• "Das Klonen von Menschen – Eine verfassungs-, europa- und völkerrechtliche Kritik – [The Cloning of Human Beings – A Critique of Constitutional, European, and International Law] ") (Mohr Siebeck, 2004)
• "Neues Arbeitskampfrecht [New Labour Dispute Law]" (Mohr Siebeck, 2012)
• "Das Anthropozän-Konzept [The Anthropocene-Concept]" (Nomos 2014)
• "Schwarmdemokratie. Der digitale Wandel des liberalen Verfassungsstaats [Swarm Democracy – The Digital Transformation of the Liberal State]". (Mohr Siebeck 2017)

He is co-author of
• "Stammzellforschung [Stem Cell Research]" (Alber 2007)
• "Standortmarketing im Bundesstaat [Competition for the Establishment of Industries in the Federal System]" (Duncker & Humblot 2008)
• "Rechtsfragen ökologischer Stadterneuerung [Legal Challenges of Ecological City Planning]" (Lang 2010)
• "Demografie and Demokratie [Demography and Democracy]" (Hamburger Edition 2012)
• "Fortpflanzungsmedizingesetz [Artificial Reproduction Act]" (Mohr Siebeck, 2013)
• "Biobankgesetz [Biobanking Act]" (Mohr Siebeck, 2015)

He is (co-)editor of
• "Parteiengesetz [Political Party Law]" (Kohlhammer 2009)
• "Besoldungsrecht [Civil Service Pay Law]" (Beck 2015)
• "Inwastement – Abfall in Umwelt und Gesellschaft [Inwastement – Waste in Environment and Society]" (transcript 2016)
• "Greening of Everyday Life" (Oxford University Press 2016)