Dr. Christoph Nickolaus

Lawyer, Accredited Specialist for Criminal Law, Magister iuris

Special Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Criminal Law
  • Tax Criminal Law
  • Legal Psychology
  • General Criminal Law


Lawyer Dr. Nickolaus studied law at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, at the University of Speyer and at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UK).There he obtained the comparative law degree Magister iuris. He passed his first state law examination in Mainz. He completed his practical legal training in the district of the regional court of Bad Kreuznach.

In his dissertation under the supervision of Professor Dr. Dr. Brettel, Dr. Nickolaus examined whether the psychological anchoring effect is noticeable in judges and whether it constitutes a violation of the right to a fair, objective and unbiased trial. Dr. Nickolaus worked as a scientific assistant at Professor Brettel’s chair until 2018, focussing on commercial criminal law and medical law.

In 2021, the Board of the Chamber of Lawyers Frankfurt am Main granted him the right to use the title “Accredited Specialist for Criminal Law” based on his particular theoretic and practical qualifications.

Dr. Nickolaus has been working at the Traut law firm since 2010.



2021, 2022

Handelsblatt – Best Lawyers: „Anwälte der Zukunft“ / “Ones to Watch
Categories: Criminal Tax Practice, Criminal Defense.

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Dr. Nickolaus has been a free associate at the Brettel Chair of Criminology, Criminal Law and Medical Law, including Juvenile and Correctional Law, since 2018.

In addition, he is a lecturer in criminal procedure law at the EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht in Spring Term 2022.



Dokumentation des Strafverfahrens – Defizite und Chancen (Documentation of Criminal Proceedings – Deficits and Opportunities)
28.05.2022, Strafverteidigerjahr 2022 – auftakt: Dokumentation des Strafverfahrens

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Ausgewählte Praxisprobleme zu Covid-19 (Selected practice problems on Covid-19) (Co-Organisation und Moderation)
02.07.2020, Webkonferenz Wirtschaftsstrafrecht, WisteV e.V.

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Ankereffekte bei der Verständigung nach § 257c StPO? (Anchor Effects in Negotiated Agreements under § 257c StPO?)
07.07.2018, 54. Kolloquium der Südwestdeutschen und Schweizerischen Kriminologischen Institute und Lehrstühle
Summary in: Beisel/Dölling/Brettel MschrKrim 2019, 163 (167).



Traut/Nickolaus, Audiovisuelle Dokumentation der Hauptverhandlung – Die Zeit ist reif,
published in: StraFo 2022, 55 ff.

Imhoff/Nickolaus, Combined Anchoring: Prosecution and defense sentencing recommendations as sequential anchors in the courtroom,
published in: Legal and Criminological Psychology 2021, 215 ff.

Nickolaus, Ankereffekte im Strafprozess – Verstoß gegen das Prinzip des fairen Verfahrens?,
published in: Nomos Verlag 2018;
The work is part of the series: Schriften zur Rechtspsychologie, Band 2.

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