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Source: The Federal Constitutional Court

Press release No. 107/2020 from December 29, 2020

The judge of the Federal Constitutional Court a. D. and former judge at the European Court of Human Rights Dr. h.c. Renate Jaeger will turn 80 on December 30, 2020.

She was a member of the First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court from March 24, 1994 to October 29, 2004. Renate Jaeger was born in Darmstadt. After passing the second state examination in law, she began working as a judge at the Düsseldorf Social Court in 1968. In 1974 she was appointed judge at the regional social court in North Rhine-Westphalia. From 1976 to 1979 she was seconded to the Federal Constitutional Court as a research assistant. In 1986 Renate Jaeger was appointed presiding judge at the Regional Social Court and one year later was elected judge at the Federal Social Court, where she had already worked as a research assistant in 1970 and 1971. In 1988 he was elected member of the Constitutional Court for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Renate Jaeger was also a member of the Constitutional Inquiry Commission for Rhineland-Palatinate in 1992. In addition, from 1991 to 1994 she held a teaching position at the University of Münster. During her work at the Federal Constitutional Court, Dr. h.c. Renate Jaeger participated in numerous important decisions of the First Senate, such as the rulings on the nullity of the federal ban on fresh cell production (BVerfGE 102, 26) and on the unconstitutionality of the singular admission of lawyers (BVerfGE 103, 1). Her department included, among other things, the law of the self-employed professions, training and examination law as well as economic questions in the field of statutory health insurance. She also worked as Liaison Officer of the Federal Constitutional Court to the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. On April 28, 2004, Renate Jaeger was elected Judge at the European Court of Human Rights by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. She took up this position on November 1, 2004, after she had previously been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Münster for her great services to German and European law. Renate Jaeger held this judicial office until the end of 2010 and then worked from 2011 to 2015 as an arbitrator in the independent arbitration board of the legal profession at the Federal Bar Association. h.c. Renate Jaeger was awarded the Great Cross of Merit with a star and a shoulder ribbon by the Federal President in 2010.


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