ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

The Foundation

The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius is the founder of Bucerius Law School. It is one of the largest privately established foundations in Germany today.

For the past 30 years, the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius has been committed to the promotion of research and scholarship, art and culture as well as education and training. Through its activities in higher education, the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius seeks not only to encourage future generations of trained specialists and support talented students, but also to stimulate fresh ideas in the educational sector. The Gerd Bucerius Law Program is a prime example. Carried out in conjunction with the “Deutsche Studienstiftung” (German Scholarship Foundation), the program allows ten especially talented young lawyers, per year, to undertake studies abroad. Other examples of ZEIT-Stiftung activities are the Gerd Bucerius Professorial Chairs at law faculties in Jena, Greifswald and Rostock.

The establishment of Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, the first private law school in Germany, by the ZEIT-Stiftung marks a significant step in this direction. Bucerius Law School was granted official state recognition on August 8, 2000, followed by its official inauguration in the town hall of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on October 4, 2000.

The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius website is: www.zeit-stiftung.de

The Founder

Dr. Gerd Bucerius (1906-1995) made a name for himself in several fields: He was a successful lawyer, publisher and politician. In 1971, he founded the ZEIT-Stiftung. The ZEIT-Stiftung is the universal heir of its founder and his wife Ebelin.

After studying and achieving a doctorate in law, Gerd Bucerius began his professional career as a judge in Kiel and Flensburg, until, as the husband of a Jewess and himself of Jewish ancestry, he was banned from public service by the Nazi-regime. As a lawyer in Hamburg and later as a conscript, he never concealed his critical attitude towards the regime. After World War II, Gerd Bucerius was above all successful as the publisher of the Hamburg weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT. The paper he co-founded in 1946 quickly established itself as one of the most important liberal newspapers in Europe. From 1949 to 1962, Gerd Bucerius was a leading member of the German Federal Parliament.