Our Leadership

Dean - CEOs - Boards

Bucerius Law School is a nonprofit organization whose sole shareholder is the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. Its management reports to a Board of Trustees and a Supervisory Board.


Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Katharina Boele-Woelki

Since 1 October, 2015, Katharina Boele-Woelki is Dean of Bucerius Law School and holds the Claussen-Simon Foundation Professorship for Comparative Law.

Boele-Woelki studied law from 1975-1979 at the University of Göttingen and the Freie Universität Berlin and completed doctoral work at the FU Berlin in 1982. She has taught and conducted research in the Netherlands since 1982 and served as a member of the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University since 1990, since 1995 as a Professor for Private International Law, Comparative Law and Family Law. In addition, Boele-Woelki directs numerous research programs, supervises dissertation work and chaired her faculty’s Department of Private Law three times from 1995-2012, each time for a term of two years.

She is a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and was elected to her current role as President in 2014; until 2014, she was additionally President of the Dutch Association of Family Law and a member of the board of the Dutch Association of Comparative Law. She is a member of the German Society of International Law (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht) as well as the Academic Association for Family Law (Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Familienrecht). In 2007, she established the Utrecht Centre for European Research into Family Law (UCERF). She has been the chair of the Commission on European Family Law, which was established upon her initiative, since 2001.

Boele-Woelki serves as an editor to several Dutch, South African and European journals and book series including the European Family Law Series since 2003. She has organized prestigious international conferences, delivered numerous guest lectures at various universities around the world, was a visiting professor at Columbia University, New York, USA, and has served as a reporter, speaker, expert and panel member at many international conferences.

Boele-Woelki was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2011 by the University of Uppsala (Sweden). In 2012, she received the Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for her work in the area of international and European Family Law. In 2013, she was elected to the International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2015 and 2016, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) respectively. Since February 2017 Boele-Woelki is a honorary professor of University Stellenbosch, South Africa.


Meinhard Weizmann

Meinhard Weizmann (*1970) has served as CEO at Bucerius Law School since October 1, 2016. He studied Business Administration at the University of Würzburg and in Caen, France and minored in Business Informatics and Russian.

Between 2000 and 2016, Weizmann was employed by the media firm Bertelsmann, having served most recently as Senior Vice President Finance Transformation. Prior to this role, he was COO and Managing Director of Gruner + Jahr in the Netherlands (2007-2014). In addition to having overseen continual increases in operational performance, he spearheaded efforts to innovate and support the company’s digital transformation. In a Hamburg-based position, Weizmann headed international strategy development for Gruner + Jahr between 2002 and 2006. During this time, he focused on growth initiatives - organic and the result of acquisitions.

Specializing in business transformation and digital business development, Weizmann worked for Bertelsmann in the UK and Royal Dutch Shell Group in France and Germany. He is committed to the cause of refugee integration. Happily married and the proud father of three children, Meinhard Weizmann is an advocate for refugee integration.

Deputy CEO

Benedikt Landgrebe

Benedikt Landgrebe, born on November 16, 1971 in Hamburg, studied history, politics and economics at the University of Edinburgh and graduated with a Master of Arts in modern history and politics. After receiving his degree, he took part in a postgraduate program on “External Economic Relations of the EU” at the Europa Kolleg Hamburg.

From 1997 to 1998, Benedikt Landgrebe researched for a Brussels based independent political advocacy organisation in the area of security and foreign affairs, while simultaneously completing a second Master’s degree in international relations at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He worked as a research assistant in the European Parliament from 1998 to 2001, where his focus was on the discussion of the European Constitution and how the topic was communicated nationally and Europe-wide.

Benedikt Landgrebe joined Bucerius Law School in 2002 as press relations officer. In the summer of 2005, he took over the project management of the new Master’s program (Bucerius/WHU Master of Law and Business), while also supporting the management in planning the construction of the new library building.

In March 2007, Benedikt Landgrebe took on further responsibilities in fundraising. He assumed responsibility for heading up the entire university communications in 2009. Since May 2010, Benedikt Landgrebe is Member of the Executive Board of Bucerius Law School.

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board appoints and advises the CEO and monitors the financial development of the company and Law School.


  • Professor Manuel J. Hartung
  • Michael Behrendt
  • Dr. Henneke Lütgerath

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees elects the President and advises and accompanies the Law School in designing and further developing the Law School.


  • Dr. Christian Veith (Chairman), Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Professor Dr. Marietta Auer, M.A., LL.M., S.J.D., Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory
  • Professor Dr. Regina Back, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Claussen-Simon-Stiftung
  • Dr. Helene Bubrowski, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Gabriele Caliebe, Judge at Bundesgerichtshof, retired
  • Magdalena Göbel, LL.B., President Bucerius Alumni e.V. and Associate with MANNER SPANGENBERG
  • Professor Manuel J. Hartung, CEO and Chairman, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
  • Dr. Andreas C. Hoffmann, LL.M., General Counsel, Siemens AG
  • Dr. Simone Kämpfer, Partner with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Dr. Frank Koch, Partner with Taylor Wessing
  • Dr. Thomas Mirow, Member of the Trustees of ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and Chairman of Deutsche Nationalstiftung
  • Dr. Joachim Rosengarten, LL.M., Partner with Hengeler Mueller
  • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Karsten Schmidt, former president, Bucerius Law School
  • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Schön, Director, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Munich
  • Dr. Norbert Schulte, M.A.L.D. (The Fletcher School), Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Dr. Sven-Holger Undritz, Partner with White & Case LLP

Founding Commission

The Founding Commission advised the Bucerius Law School in its initial years.


  • Dr. Henning Voscherau (†), Chair, former First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Notary, Hamburg
  • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Albach (†), Bonn
  • Professor Richard M. Buxbaum, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lord Ralf Dahrendorf (†), London
  • Dr. Klaus von Dohnanyi, former First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Hamburg
  • Professor Dr. Manfred Erhardt, General Secretary of the “Stifterverbandes für die Deutsche Wissenschaft”, Essen
  • Professor Dr. Roman Herzog (†), former President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Dr. Klaus Landry, Attorney, Hamburg
  • Dr. h.c. Tyll Necker (†), Vice-President of the Federal Association of German Industry (“BDI”), Bad Oldesloe
  • Professor Dr. Hans-Joachim Priester, Notary, Hamburg
  • Professor Dr. Karsten Schmidt, Director of the Institute of Commercial and Business Law at the University of Bonn, Member of the ZEIT-Stiftung Advisory Board
  • Dr. Christian Wilde (†), Attorney, Hamburg