Patrick Peltz is a PhD candidate in Comparative Politics at the Institute of Law and Economics, University of Hamburg, Germany. His research interests include democratization and autocratization studies, constitutional politics, and emergency laws. His dissertation analyzes the relationship between states of emergency and autocratization. In 2022, he participated as a project partner for Germany in the project 'Exceptional powers in times of SARS-COV-2'. Prior to his PhD, he was a research assistant at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in the project 'The (In)stability of Presidential Term Limits in Africa and Latin America'.