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Source: The Federal constitutional court press release no 51/2020 of 22. June 2020

Today, Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the President of the Federal constitutional court Prof. Dr. Dres has. h. C. Andreas Voßkuhle, in Berlin, the discharge certificate handed out. Thus, the 12-year term Voßkuhles ends up as President, Chairman of the Second Senate, judge of the Federal constitutional court. At the same time, the Federal President presented certificates to three appointment. The new President of the Federal constitutional court of the former Vice-President of the Federal constitutional court and Chairperson of the First Senate Prof. Dr. Stephan Harbarth, LL.M. The vacant judicial position of the former President in the Second Senate is occupied by Prof. Dr. Astrid wallrabenstein of the University of Frankfurt. Both are on 15. In may, the Federal Council has been elected. Because of his merits for the Federal Republic of Germany, the Federal President Mr vosskuhle awarded on this occasion, the Grand cross of the order of merit of the Federal Republic of Germany with star and shoulder ribbon. New Vice-President and Chairman of the Second Senate is Prof. Dr. Doris König, M. C. L., so far, judge of the Second Senate.

Prof. Dr. Dres. H. c. Andreas Voßkuhle was born in Detmold in 1963. He is married. After studying law at the University of Bayreuth and the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, which he graduated in 1989 with the first state examination in law, he received his doctorate at the Ludwig Maximilians University in 1992. His work on “Legal Protection Against the Judge” supervised by Peter Lerche was awarded the faculty prize. From 1992 to 1994, Andreas Voßkuhle was a research assistant at the Chair for Public Law, Business Administration Law and Environmental Law at the University of Augsburg. In 1993 he passed his second state examination in law. In 1995 he became a consultant in the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior. In 1998 Voßkuhle habilitated at the University of Augsburg with a thesis on the “compensation principle”. He was awarded the Venia Legendi for the subjects of public law, administrative sciences and legal theory. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed to a chair at the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, where he has been director of the Institute for Political Science and Legal Philosophy since 1999. From 2000 to 2002 he was dean of studies at the law faculty of the university. Freiburg. In 2004 he declined a call to the University of Hamburg. From 2004 to 2006 Voßkuhle worked as dean of the law faculty of the University of Freiburg. In 2006 and 2007 he was a member of the University Council and a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Andreas Voßkuhle has been a full member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences since 2007. In July 2007 he was elected rector of the University of Freiburg and took up this position in April 2008. In May 2008 Andreas Voßkuhle was appointed Vice President of the Federal Constitutional Court and President of the Second Senate and in March 2010 President of the Federal Constitutional Court. As rapporteur, Voßkuhle has prepared almost 40 senate proceedings, including decisions on preventive detention (BVerfGE 128, 326), salaries for university lecturers (BVerfGE 130, 263), and observing parliamentarians by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BVerfGE 134, 141) the information rights of the Bundestag for arms exports (BVerfGE 137, 185) and for support operations by the Federal Police (BVerfGE 139, 194), for judges ‘salaries (BVerfGE 139, 64), for the rights of opposition (BVerfGE 142, 25), for the federal judges’ election (BVerfGE 143, 22 ), the NSA Investigation Committee (BVerfGE 143, 101), the Bundestag’s right to information on financial market supervision and Deutsche Bahn AG (BVerfGE 147, 50) and the ban on civil servants (BVerfGE 148, 296). During his tenure as President, Andreas Voßkuhle has numerous Meetings with foreign constitutional courts, supreme courts, the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice European Union initiated. Under his aegis, the Kammhuber barracks were transformed into the temporary “Waldstadt” office and the Baumgarten ensemble in the castle district was completely renovated (2011 – 2014). He initiated the internal organizational reform of the court and the redesign of the internet presentation. At his initiative, the judges of the Federal Constitutional Court gave their own guidelines for behavior for the first time (2017). During his tenure, the citizen festivals also coincided with the 60th birthday of the Federal Constitutional Court (2011) and “70 years of the Basic Law and 50 years of Baumgarten construction” (2019). Andreas Voßkuhle has been a member of the Senate of the Max Planck Society since 2012, since 2014 Member of the committee according to Art. 255 TFEU, since 2015 member of the scientific advisory board of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and since 2018 full member of the Leopoldina – National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the Grand Golden Medal of Honor in the Ribbon of the Republic of Austria in March 2017, the honorary doctorate from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki in November 2017 and the honorary doctorate from the Leuphana University of Lüneburg in July 2019. He also received several prizes, most recently the Otto Kirchheimer Prize. After his term of office ends, Andreas Voßkuhle returns to his chair at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Astrid Wallrabenstein, born in Münster in 1969, has held the professorship for public law with a focus on social law at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main since October 2010, where she is the managing director of the Institute for European Health Policy and Social Law. She has been a member of the Federal Government’s Social Advisory Board since 2012. Wallrabenstein has also been a judge at the Hessian State Social Court since 2013. Since 2018 she has been a Goethe Fellow at the Research College for Human Sciences in Bad Homburg with the project “Migration and Justice in the Welfare State”. Astrid Wallrabenstein is married and has two children.


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