Hans-Jürgen Papier

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Hans-Jürgen Papier
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Hans-Jürgen Papier giving a speech in 2014
8th President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
In office
10 April 2002 – 16 March 2010
Preceded by Jutta Limbach
Succeeded by Andreas Voßkuhle
10th Vicepresident of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
In office
27 February 1998 – 10 April 2002
Preceded by Otto Seidl
Succeeded by Winfried Hassemer
Personal details
Born (1943-07-06) 6 July 1943 (age 71)
Berlin, Germany
Nationality Germany
Alma mater Free University of Berlin

Hans-Jürgen Papier (German pronunciation: [ˈpaːpi̯ɐ]; born 6 July 1943 in Berlin) is a German scholar of constitutional law and was President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany from 2002 to 2010.

Three years after graduating from law school in 1967 with the first law state examination, Papier completed his Ph.D. studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 1971 he received the second law state examination. In 1973 he received his Habilitation on the basis of a second dissertation on questions concerning German constitutional law.

From 1974 onward Papier received tenure at the Universität Bielefeld and taught constitutional law. In 1992 he moved to Munich to teach German and Bavarian constitutional and administrative law as well as Public Social law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.

In 1998 Papier, a member of the conservative CSU party, became Vice-President and Chair of the First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. When President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany Jutta Limbach retired from her position in 2002, Papier succeeded her.

Papier has often made public comments on questions of constitutional law, but has generally avoided commenting on other political questions. He made an exception to this rule after the elections of 2005 when he implored the parties to work hard not to lose the trust of the German electorate.

Selected works[edit]

  • Verfassung und Verfassungswandel, in: Robertson-von Trotha, Caroline Y. (ed.): 60 Jahre Grundgesetz. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven (= Kulturwissenschaft interdisziplinär/Interdisciplinary Studies on Culture and Society, Vol. 4), Baden-Baden 2009

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