Born in Oer-Erkenschwick, she studied legal science in Tübingen, Munich and Geneva. Following a period of academic research in London, she was awarded a doctorate in law by the University of Munich. She was authorised, by the University of Bremen, to teach labour law, sociology of law and social law. She was professor ad interim at the faculty of law of the universities of Frankfurt, and Bremen. She was president of the Landesarbeitsgericht Schleswig-Holstein (1989).
She was a judge at the Labour Court (Arbeitsgericht) Oldenburg.
She collaborated, as an expert, on the European Expertise Service (European Union) project for the reform of the labour law of Kirghizstan (1994 to 1995). She was an honorary Professor at the University of Bremen in labour law, specifically in European labour law. Presently, she is Co-Dean at the China-EU School of Law, a cooperative project between a consortium of European universities and the China University of Political Science and Law.
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- Dagmar Schiek (7 June 2006). "'SPD opfert eine Richterin für Angela Merkel" [Ninon Colneric: Judge at ECJ]. Die Tageszeitung (taz.de) (in German). p. 188. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
- University of Bremen, Webpage.
- Die Entwicklungshelferin. FAZ, 8. März 2010.
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