The University is pleased with numerous alumni appointments

Bucerius Law School is committed to the development of its next generation of scholars. For this reason, Bucerius Law School strives to grant the greatest possible freedom for research, independent of trends in higher education policy, and comprehensive support programs. The goal is to provide young scholars with opportunities for personal development and advancement of their talents, so that they can put their skills to use for the service of society and academics.

These efforts are currently resulting in a series of professorship appointments from among Bucerius alumni. The scholars cover the entire spectrum of legal research.


Paulina Starski (class of 2001) and Anika Klafki (class of 2005) have pursued their research careers as teaching assistants and later research assistants at university chairs after their basic legal training. Paulina Starski is now a university professor of public law and global governance at the University of Graz in Austria, as well as a deputy chair at the Institute for Public Law - European and International Law at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg. Anika Klafki holds a junior professorship (tenure track) in public law at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and is currently a much sought after interview partner due to her research focus on the legal handling of pandemics.


An additional young scholar who has received special recognition for his work is Christian Becker. He spent large parts of his academic career at Bucerius Law School in the chair of Professor Dr. Thomas Rönnau before accepting the call to hold the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Philosophy of Law at the European University Viadrina Foundation in Frankfurt (Oder). Last November, Christian Becker was awarded the State Teaching Prize 2020, from the federal state of Brandenburg, for his extraordinary commitment and passion with which he pursues teaching at Viadrina - an award that also makes Bucerius Law School proud. On a side note: In a few weeks, a second lawyer with Bucerius Law School experience will start his work at Viadrina: Kilian Wegner (class of 2009), until now a research assistant and post-doctoral researcher under Professor Dr. Rönnau, will become an assistant professor for criminal law, criminal procedure law and commercial criminal law.


In addition, Gabriele Buchholtz (class of 2006) and Friederike Malorny (class of 2008) also join the ranks of successful young female academics. Both received their doctorates from Bucerius Law School and are active in teaching and research. While Gabriele Buchholtz has held the junior professorship for a few months at the University of Hamburg (tenure track) "The Law of Social Security with a Focus on Digitization and Migration", Friederike Malorny, habilitation candidate under Professor Dr. Matthias Jacobs, recently received an appointment as a junior professor with tenure track at the University of Münster and will devote herself to civil and labor law.

"The positive news on appointments in recent months, the teaching awards and the media recognition confirm that great career opportunities are open to the young academics trained here by us. Irrespective of their own success, everyone remains closely connected to Bucerius Law School through various projects," said the university's president, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Katharina Boele-Woelki.


Lena Johannes, Arne Lemke, translated by David Patrician