Christopher Bisping succeeds Clifford Larsen as Dean of the Master of Law and Business Program

At this year's MLB graduation ceremony, Prof. Clifford Larsen passed the baton to Prof. Christopher Bisping

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Christopher Bisping appointed new Dean

The incoming dean reflected his great anticipation in undertaking the role: “I am looking forward to working in an intellectually stimulating environment and engaging with students who have come to Hamburg from over 20 countries. The master’s program is unique in terms of its objectives and reputation, and I look forward to further developments. The program’s implementation, lecturers and students are overseen by an excellent team—I look forward to working with such committed colleagues."

On May 19, 2021, the Academic Senate of the Law School unanimously selected him to succeed Prof. Clifford Larsen, who has supported the Bucerius community for over 15 years. Through his work and international network, the founding dean made a significant contribution to the current success of the program; for this, the Law School is incredibly grateful.


President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Katharina Boele-Woelki expressed looking forward to work with her new colleague as well as the incoming cohort of students: “Professor Bisping brings a wealth of international experience. He is the ideal candidate to lead our master’s program down a continued path of success."

As founding dean of the program, Prof. Clifford Larsen added: "Bucerius is the ideal institution to combine legal and business studies. It was a pleasure and a privilege to lead the Bucerius Master of Law and Business Program since its inception, and I am confident that Dean Christopher Bisping will do a very fine job indeed of leading the Program in the years ahead."

“The Master of Law and Business is a flagship of our university. Professor Larsen has undertaken incredible work in developing it over the past 15 years and for this, we remain eternally grateful to him,” praised Meinhard Weizmann, the administrative head of Bucerius Law School.

Master of Law and Business

Conducted in English, the year-long Master of Law and Business prepares around 40 young professionals for international careers in which an understanding of legal and economic concepts as well as intercultural skills are essential. As an interdisciplinary and international program, it is structured primarily for rising professionals with prior training and career experience in legal and business disciplines but is also open to graduates from other fields—the core requirement: a demonstrated interest in undertaking careers at the intersection of law and business.

Six employees comprise the team behind the master’s track and support students as well as the over 30 internal and visiting lecturers who lead program coursework each year.


Christopher Bisping passed his first state examination in 1999 and his second state examination in 2003. In the nearly two decades since, he has worked primarily in the United Kingdom. In 2000, he earned an LL.M. in the field of Commercial Law from the University of Edinburgh and, in the three years that followed, accompanied his legal traineeship with a position at the Hamburg-based Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law. From 2003 to 2008, he served as the DAAD Lector of German Law at the University of Warwick, then as Lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester.

The University of Warwick appointed him an Associate Professor with tenure track in 2014. In this role, he served as course director of the Law and Business Joint Honors Degree and, since 2020, has headed all postgraduate programs of the university—responsible for their promotion, strategic development and admissions processes. His main research interests address International Contract and Consumer Law.


Jonathan Schramm