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Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Kirchhof

Portrait of Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Kirchhof


Chairperson of the First Senate

Born in Osnabrück in 1950


1969 - 1971Military service
1975First State Examination in Law
1978Second State Examination in Law
1981Dr. iur. (Heidelberg)
Doctoral thesis: "Die Höhe der Gebühr - Grundlagen der Gebührenbemessung" (The amount of a fee - an outline of fee assessment)
1985Habilitation (Speyer)
Professorial thesis: "Private Rechtsetzung" (Law-making by private bodies)
1982 - 1986Teaching assignments at the Universities of Saarbrücken, Munich, Speyer, and Tübingen
since 1986Holder of the Chair of Public Law, Law of Public Finance and Fiscal Law at the University of Tübingen
1989 - 1990Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Tübingen
since 1993Holder of the European Union's Jean Monnet Chair for European Fiscal Law
1999 - 2001Vice-Rector of the University of Tübingen
2003 - 2004Elected expert member of the Commission on the Reform of the Federal System of Government (Federalism Commission) established by the Bundestag and the Bundesrat
2003 - 2007Member of the Constitutional Court (Staatsgerichtshof) of the Land Baden-Württemberg
2006 - 2007Member of the Board of the Vereinigung der Deutschen Staatsrechtslehrer (Association of German University Teachers of Constitutional Law)
2006 - 2009Lecturer at the Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), from 2007 as a professeur invité
since October 2007Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court (First Senate)
since March 2010Vice-President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Chairperson of the First Senate