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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andreas Voßkuhle

Portrait of Prof. Dr. Andreas Voßkuhle


Chairperson of the Second Senate

Born in Detmold in 1963


1983-1989Studied Law at the University of Bayreuth and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
1989First State Examination in Law
1992Dr. iur. (Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität Munich); received the Faculty Award for his doctoral thesis on the subject: "Rechtsschutz gegen den Richter: zur Integration der Dritten Gewalt in das verfassungsrechtliche Kontrollsystem vor dem Hintergrund des Art. 19 Abs. 4 GG" (Legal protection against the judge: On the integration of the judiciary in the system of constitutional control against the background of Article 19.4 of the Basic Law)
1993Second State Examination in Law
1992-1994Senior research assistant at the Chair of Public Law, Administrative Law Concerning Trade and Industry and Environmental Law of Prof. Dr. Reiner Schmidt, Augsburg
1995Desk officer at the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior
1998Habilitation at the University of Augsburg; Subject of the thesis: "Das Kompensationsprinzip: Grundlagen einer prospektiven Ausgleichsordnung für die Folgen privater Freiheitsbetätigung - zur Flexibilisierung des Verwaltungsrechts am Beispiel des Umwelt- und Planungsrechts" (The principle of compensation: Outline of a prospective system of compensation for the consequences of the private exercise of freedom - The flexibilisation of administrative law exemplified by environmental and regional planning law). Venia legendi for the subjects Public Law, Administrative Sciences and Legal Theory.
1999Appointed University professor at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg - Director of the Institut für Staatswissenschaft und Rechtsphilosophie
2000-2002Dean of Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Law
2004Declined the offer of a professorship at the University of Hamburg
2004-2006Dean of the Faculty of Law
2006/2007Member of the University Council
2006/2007Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin
since 2007Full member of the Social Sciences Class of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
July 2007Elected Rector of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg; took office in April 2008
May 2008Appointed Vice-President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Chairperson of the Second Senate
March 2010Appointed President of the Federal Constitutional Court and Chairperson of the Second Senate
since 2012 Member of the Senate of the Max Planck Society
since 2014Member of the panel provided for in Article 255 TFEU
March 2017Award of the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash of the Republic of Austria
November 2017Honorary doctorate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki