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Dean and Vice Deans

Photo: Fabian Stürtz

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ulrich Preis, Dean

After an apprenticeship in banking, Ulrich Preis studied law in Regensburg and Cologne until 1983. After his doctorate in 1986 and second state examination in 1987, he habilitated in 1992 with the work "Grundfragen der Vertragsgestaltung im Arbeitsrecht" ("Basic questions of contract drafting in labour law").

From 1993 to 2001 he was professor at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf and the Fernuniversität/Gesamthochschule Hagen. From 1994 to 1997 he was dean of the Faculty of Law at the FernUniversität Hagen. In 2001 Ulrich Preis accepted an appointment at the University of Cologne, where he has been director of the Institute for German and European Labour and Social Law since 2002 and holds the chair for Civil Law, Labour Law and Social Law. From november 2005 to april 2008 he was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law. From may 2008 until the end of 2015 he was a member of the University Council of the University of Cologne.

Ulrich Preis is a board member of the Association of Labour Law Teachers, Vice President of the German Labour Court Association since May 2011 and since January 2015 independent Chairman of the Arbitration Commission on Labour Law in the area of the Protestant Church and Diakonia in Rhineland Westphalia-Lippe (ARS-RWL).

In May 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens in recognition of his scientific work.

Prof. Dr. Cornelius Nestler, Vice Dean of Finances, Planning, and Equal Opportunities

Cornelius Nestler studied at the University of Frankfurt am Main and passed both legal examinations in Hesse. He received his doctorate and habilitation from the University of Frankfurt am Main.

After his assistantship, he worked as a criminal defence lawyer and drug policy advisor for the health department of the city of Frankfurt am Main until he was appointed professor of criminal law and criminal procedure law at the University of Cologne in 1997. He specialises in criminal procedural law, narcotics criminal law and commercial criminal law. He is married and has three adult children.


Prof. Dr. Klaus Peter Berger, Vice Dean of Studies and Teaching

Klaus Peter Berger studied in Bielefeld and at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA. He received his doctorate in 1991 with a thesis on international business arbitration at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cologne, where he habilitated in February 1996.

From the winter semester 1996 to the winter semester 2001/02 he was full professor at the law faculty of the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. There he was co-director of the Institute for International Business Law and founded CENTRAL, an institution for the practical training of lawyers.
In 2002 he was appointed to the University of Cologne. He holds the Chair of Civil Law, German and International Commercial and Business Law, IPR, Comparative Law and Banking Law and is also Director of the Institute for Banking Law and CENTRAL.

Klaus Peter Berger is a member of the board of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS). He is married and has three daughters.