Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult.

Karsten Schmidt

Affiliate Professor

Jungiusstraße 6, 20355 Hamburg, Germany

Tel.: +49 40 3 07 06 – 164 (Secretariat)
Fax: +49 40 3 07 06 – 165

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Research focus

Civil Law, Trade Law, German and European Business and Corporate Law, German and European Antitrust Law, Civil Procedure, Bancruptcy Law

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Karsten Schmidt is professor of the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg (chair for Business Law). A doctorate in 1972 was followed 1975/76 by a post-doctorate in Bonn in the subjects of civil law, commercial law, business law, cartel law and civil procedural law.

Following a professorship at Göttingen University (1976) he held a professorial chair at the University of Hamburg from 1977 to 1997 and was Director of the Department of Commercial, Maritime and Economic Law. From 1997 to 2004 Karsten Schmidt was professor at the University of Bonn and Director of the Institute for Commercial and Business Law (retired 2004). From 2004 to 2012 he served as President of Bucerius Law School (Vice President from 2000 to 2004). He is a member emeritus of the „Akademie der Wissenschaften in Hamburg“ and a member of the Academia Scientiarium et Artium Europaea in Salzburg as well as a corresponding member of the Academia Nacional de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales, Cordoba/Argentina, and a Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, London. He serves as a member of the academic board of the “Institut für Wirtschaftsverfassung und Wettbewerb” (FIW), Cologne. Since 2002 he holds the honorary doctorates of the Universities of Athens (Greece) and Vienna (Austria), followed by a honorary doctorate of the Leuphana University Lüneburg (2012). In 2006 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse). In 2009 a volume of 1854 pages was published in his honour and presented in an academic birthday ceremony (Bitter et al., Festschrift für Karsten Schmidt, 2009).

From 1987 to 1999 Prof. Schmidt served as vice-chairman and chairman of the “Zivilrechtslehrervereinigung” and he was an expert in the German Research Association from 1988 to 1996. From 1987 to 2014 he worked in the managing board and the supervisory board (Kuratorium) of the ZEIT STIFTUNG BUCERIUS, Hamburg. He is publisher and editor of the “Zeitschrift für das gesamte Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht”, joint publisher of the “Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht” (ZIP), as well as sitting on the editorial board of the International and Comparative Corporate Law Journal (ZHR). He has written textbooks on commercial and company law, as well as monographs, commentaries and numerous academic articles. Academic activities in various countries (e.g. Argentina, China, Greece and Spain).