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Prof. Dr. iur., Dr. h.c. Bernd H. Oppermann, Prof. h.c. (UMCS) LL.M. (UCLA)

Telefon:+49 511 762 8197
Anschrift:Königsworther Platz 1, 30167 Hannover
Raum: 1007 (1502)
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curriculum vitae

29.02.1956    Date of birth (Buedingen, Hesse, Germany)


More than 25 years experience in teaching, research and practice in law; 15 years experience in European and international network management. Currently Chair for German, European and International Private Law and Commercial Law at Law of Faculty, Leibniz University Hanover, Germany.


  • 1971 – 1980: Technical high school at Hanau, Germany; studies in law, physics and philosophy at J.W.Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany; grantee of German National Fellowship Foundation
  • 1981: First state examination in law, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • 1981 – 1982: Graduate studies at University of California Los Angeles, School of Law, USA; Master of Laws (LL.M.); assistant of Prof. George Fletcher, UCLA
  • 1983 – 1985: Clerkship, Court of Appeals, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • 1985: Ph.D. (Dr. jur.) at J.W.Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (advisor: Prof. Dr. Dieter Simon, MPI Frankfurt)
  • 1986: Second state examination in law.


  • 1982: Patent and copyright law firm Spensley, Horn, Jubas & Lubitz, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 1983 – 1985: Clerkship, Court of Appeals, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • 1986 –1987: Ministry for Cultural Affairs Rhine-Palladium, Mainz, Germany
  • 1987 – 1992: Juniorprofessor at Hamburg University, Faculty of Law, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1992: Habilitation at Hamburg University, venia legendi for private law, civil procedure, business law, and theory of law (adv.: Prof. Dr. Rainer Walz).
  • 1992 – 1994: Ass. Professor at Leibniz University Hanover, Germany
  • 1993 – 1994: Teaching at Europe University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
  • since 1994: Chair for German, European and International Private Law and Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, Leibniz University Hanover, Germany
  • since 1999: Chairman for the international programms of ELPIS (MLE / CLE / LL.M. Eur. joint degree) and for the ELPIS network of European law faculties (for details vf. www.ELPIS.eu)
  • 2000 – 2004: Dean and vice dean at Faculty of Law, Leibniz University Hanover
  • 2002: Guest lecturer and research at Chulalongkorn University Bangkok,.Thailand
  • 2003 – 2006: Scientific coordinator of TEMPUS project "reform of russian legal education", four pilot projects in the Ural region at Tjumen, Ekaterinenburg, Perm und Ishevsk, Russia.
  • 2004 – 2012: Erasmus Mundus coordinator (EU) for the programme “European Legal Practice LL.M. Eur. joint degree” (France/Germany/Portugal)

International Teaching

Japan (Keio U and Yokohama City U 1994), United Kingdom (Strathclyde U Glasgow 1996, Durham 2011), Poland (Marie-Curie Sklodowskiej U Lublin 1994, 2001 – 2003, 2010; Center for New Europe, U Krakow 1996, 1998), Greece (Aristoteles U Thessaloniki 1998), Turkey (Bilgi Univ. Istanbul 1998; political delegation, Minister for Economy, Lower Saxony at Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara 2010); Russia (State U Perm 2001, Law Academy Ekaterinenburg 2004); Portugal (Catholic U of Portugal, Lisbon 2001 – 2009; U of Lissabon 2010 – 2014); Brasil (UNIPLAC Brasilia 2006), Thailand (Chulalongkorn U Bangkok 2002, 2007, 2008 – 2014); China (Northwest U Xi’an 2005, Jiao Tong U Shanghai 2007); India (SYMBIOSIS U Poona 2008 - 2011); Indonesia (Bandung Univ. 2012, Gadjah Mada U, Yogyakarta 2013).

Other Activities

Rapporteur for the European Council, meeting in Waszawa 2000; adv. commission on the reform of legal education of Lower Saxony 2001/2; chairman Hanoverian Learned Society for Legal Studies 2004 – 2012; board of Centre for East-West Contacts, Lueneburg 2007 - 2013; scientific board of trustees of TAVAK Foundation (Turkey) 2010.

Presently: coordinating scholar for Hanover of German National Fellowship Foundation;
adv. board CDF (GIZ) Hanover; ext. member of the registry of the Aristotle U of Thessaloniki, Greece; g. ed. Law Journal of Mykolas Romeris U Vilnius, Lithuania; g. ed. Law Journal of SYMBIOSIS U, Punay, India; adv. board Law Review of UITM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


  • Award on activity in the European program Erasmus Mundus by DAAD (German International Academic Service) at Berlin Academy of Science, 2009.
  • Professor h.c. Marii Curie Sklodowskiej University (UMCS), Lublin, Poland, October 23rd, 2010.
  • Docteur honoris causa, University of Rouen, France, June 28th, 2013.
  • Since August 2014 member of the Advisory Council University of Lisbon School of Law.