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Dean and Vice Deans

Photo: Fabian Stürtz

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Kempen, Dean

Bernhard Kempen studied law in Saarbrücken until 1983. After passing the First State Examination (1983) and the Second State Examination (1986) in Saarbrücken, he received his doctorate from the University of Cologne in 1988 with a dissertation on a topic in administrative law. He habilitated in Cologne in 1994 with a habilitation thesis in international law on the Two-plus-Four Treaty.

From 1995 to 2001, Bernhard Kempen held the Chair of Constitutional Law, International Law, International Economic Law and Economic Administrative Law at the University of Würzburg. Since 2001, he has been Director of the Institute for Public International Law and Foreign Public Law, Co-Director of the Institute for German and European Academic Law and Co-Director of the International Investment Center Cologne (IILCC) at the University of Cologne.

Bernhard Kempen has been President of the German University Association (DHV) since 2004. He is a member of the Board of the German University Foundation (DUS) and the Standing Committee of the German Law Faculty Association (DJFT).

Prof. Dr. Joachim Hennrichs, Vice Dean of Finances, Planning, and Equal Opportunities

Joachim Hennrichs studied law at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz from 1985 to 1990. He received his doctorate there in 1994 under Walther Hadding with a thesis on transformation law. He passed his second state examination in Koblenz in the same year. Also in Mainz, he earned his venia legendi in 1998. His habilitation thesis deals with the accounting law of corporations.  

From 2000 to 2003, he held a chair in civil law and banking law at the law faculty of the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. In 2003, he moved to the University of Cologne. Here he holds the Chair of Civil Law, Accounting and Tax Law and is Director of the Institute for Corporate Law.

Joachim Hennrichs is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Chairman of the Working Group on Accounting Law University Teachers of Law and a member of numerous other scientific working groups and advisory boards. His research focuses on corporate and accounting law as well as corporate tax law. He is married and has two daughters.


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Paul Waßmer, Vice Dean of Studies and Teaching

Martin Paul Waßmer studied law, economics and administration in Heidelberg, Lausanne and Speyer. He received his doctorate from the law faculty of the Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg in 1996 with a thesis on breach of trust in risky transactions. In 2006, he completed his habilitation at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg with a thesis on the liability of principals under criminal law. After holding professorships in Osnabrück, Bayreuth and Berlin (FU), he was appointed to the University of Cologne in 2009. There he holds a chair in criminal law and criminal procedure law and is co-director of the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law. In April 2019, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Georgia (Tbilisi).

Martin Paul Waßmer is active in numerous scientific associations and working groups. He is a member of the selection committee of the German National Academic Foundation. His research focuses on economic, corporate, medical and criminal law relating to foreigners, including European and international references. He is married and has four children.