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Vice-Rector for Planning and Academic Staff

Professor Dr. Martin Henssler

Vice-Rector for Planning and Academic Staff

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Martin Henssler studied law at the University of Konstanz, where he attained his doctoral degree in 1983. Until 1989, he served as a judge at the state court of Konstanz. He attained his postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) in 1990 and became a professor at the University of Heidelberg in 1991.

Henssler came to the University of Cologne in 1991. In 1998, he took on the additional duty of serving as the managing director of the Institute for Labour and Economic Law and of the Documentation Centre for European Lawyer and Notary Law at the University of Cologne.

Between 2006 and 2012, Professor Henssler was president of the Association of German Jurists (Deutscher Juristentag), and between 2007 and 2011, head of the Zivilrechtslehrervereinigung. In 2009, he was a guest professor at Université Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne.

From 2013 to 2015, Professor Henssler served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cologne. He became Vice-Rector for Planning and Academic Staff in October 2015.

Henssler has received numerous awards and distinctions, among them Germany’s Federal Cross of Merit in 2012.

He serves as an evaluator for the German Research Foundation (DFG) and has often spoken as an expert before the German Bundestag and the European Parliament.

Since 2010, he has also served as a member of the Advisory Board on Questions of Medium-sized Businesses and Liberal Professions at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.