Christine Lambrecht

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Christine Lambrecht (2017)

Christine Lambrecht (born June 19, 1965 in Mannheim ) is a German politician ( SPD ) and lawyer . She has been Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection since June 27, 2019, and Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth in the Merkel IV cabinet since May 20, 2021 . From 2011 to 2013 Lambrecht was deputy parliamentary group leader and from December 2013 to September 2017 the first parliamentary manager of the SPD parliamentary group . From March 2018 to June 2019 she wasParliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance .


Christine Lambrecht attended the Albertus Magnus Grammar School in Viernheim and graduated from high school in 1984 . She then completed a law degree at the University of Mannheim and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and passed the first state examination in 1992 . Lambrecht completed the subsequent legal traineeship at the Darmstadt Regional Court . At the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer she was a postgraduate program for 1995 Master of Administrative Sciences and put in the same year the second examination from. Then Lambrecht worked as an independent lawyer in Viernheim. In addition, she taught until 1998 as a lecturer in commercial and corporate law at the Mannheim University of Cooperative Education .


In 1982 Lambrecht joined the SPD and was a member of the Viernheim City Council from 1985 to 2001 , which she chaired from 1997 to 2001. From 1989 to 1997 she was also a member of the Bergstrasse district council .

Lambrecht has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1998 . At the beginning (1998 and 2002) she won a direct mandate in the constituency of Bergstrasse , then (2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017) she failed four times in a row and entered the Bundestag via the state list .

During her first legislative period (1998–2002) she was a full member of the Legal, Sports and Inquiry Committee. In addition, she was involved in the working group of the SPD parliamentary group to implement the nuclear phase-out. In the parliamentary group she belongs to the parliamentary left .

In the 15th electoral term of the German Bundestag (2002–2005), Lambrecht became a full member of the Legal Affairs Committee as well as spokeswoman for election review, immunity and rules of procedure. She was also the deputy legal policy spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group.

In the following electoral period (2005–2009) Lambrecht was a member of the Council of Elders of the German Bundestag.

From 2009 to 2011 she was the legal policy spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group. In April 2011 she was elected deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group and was also represented in the mediation committee since May 2011 .

After the federal election in 2013 and the coalition negotiations between the SPD and CDU / CSU, Lambrecht was elected First Parliamentary Managing Director of the parliamentary group in December 2013 with 95.1 percent of the SPD parliamentary group.

From 2007 to 2017 she was chairwoman of the SPD sub-district Bergstrasse and a member of the state executive committee of the SPD Hessen and from 2009 to 2019 deputy chairwoman of the SPD district Hessen-Süd.

In September 2020, Lambrecht announced that it would not run again in the 2021 federal election.

With the dismissal of Franziska Giffey as Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth, Lambrecht also took over her department on May 20, 2021. It thus leads two federal ministries.

Agenda as a minister

In 2019 she succeeded Katarina Barley as Federal Minister of Justice. Criticism was raised about the change of several employees of the ministry. In October 2019, she presented key points on her agenda.

Network Enforcement Act

One project on their agenda is a tightening of the Network Enforcement Act . Lambrecht also wanted to introduce a reporting requirement for upload platforms in 2019. The operators should report official crimes to the police. She cited death threats , sedition and serious insults as examples . This primarily refers to what is known as hate crime . On the other hand, Lambrecht rejected a real name requirement on the Internet .

Parcel delivery protection law

Under her leadership, the Federal Ministry of Justice contributed to the creation of the Parcel Delivery Protection Act of November 15, 2019. The Parcel Delivery Protection Act prevents circumvention of employee rights . Companies are being made more responsible and subcontractor liability is also being introduced in this industry. Those who outsource contracts to other companies are responsible for ensuring that working conditions are adequate and that social security contributions are paid correctly.

Consumer contracts

She is working on a law for fair consumer contracts . In future, there will be an obligation to document in writing what was said when the contract was concluded by telephone before the contract is finally entered into force.

Tenancy law


At the beginning of her tenure, she said that expropriations of private housing companies should be possible as a "last resort".

Rent brake

The rent brake for new rentals will be extended and tightened by five years. Overpaid rent can be reclaimed retrospectively for two and a half years in the future.

Gun Law

Under the impression of the murder of Walter Lübcke , Lambrecht campaigned for a tightening of the gun law .

Criminal procedural law


In the course of the planned reform of the Code of Criminal Procedure, it should no longer be possible in future to delay proceedings unnecessarily, for example by repeatedly filing an application for evidence . This would not restrict the rights of those affected.

Company sanctions law

There is a draft law for a company sanction law. On the occasion of the presentation of their agenda, Lambrecht once again promoted their draft corporate sanctions law . Sanctions that correspond to economic strength are also essential. The previous upper limit for fines of 10 million euros is not appropriate for large companies.

Substantive criminal law

General part of the StGB

After the alleged gang rape in Mülheim an der Ruhr , she spoke out in July 2019 against lowering the age of criminal responsibility from the current 14 years.

Special part of the StGB

Planned changes to individual offenses in the Criminal Code relate in particular to filming dead people after traffic accidents and so-called upskirting , i.e. taking photos under the skirt. In addition, the offense of defamation and defamation against persons of political life is to be tightened according to Section 188 of the Criminal Code . This also applies to criminal penalties for acts that express anti-Semitism . Burning flags - not only shown in public - should become a criminal offense in Lambrecht's opinion.

Family law

Anchoring children's rights in the Basic Law

The anchoring of children's rights in the Basic Law was planned as a legislative proposal for 2020.

Common concern from birth

Contrary to the expert opinions obtained on the reform of custody and access law, she takes the view that unmarried fathers, whose paternity is legally recognized, should not automatically be entitled to custody at the birth of the child - unlike mothers - but the consent of the child's mother should remain necessary.

Joint motherhood in lesbian relationships

Lambrecht aims to reform custody so that women who are married to their biological mother at the time of the birth of a child, or who recognize motherhood, are automatically also the mother of the child. A stepchild adoption would therefore be dispensable.

Social Commitment

From 2010 to 2018 Lambrecht was honorary vice-president of the THW federal association .


Lambrecht is mother of one child and divorced. It is of the Evangelical Lutheran denomination.

Web links

Commons : Christine Lambrecht  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Dismissal and appointment of the Federal Minister for Family Affairs. In: May 20, 2021, accessed May 20, 2021 .
  2. ^ Members of the parliamentary left. Retrieved June 9, 2018 .
  3. Christine Lambrecht, Member of the Bundestag. Federal Ministry of Finance , March 14, 2018, accessed on April 26, 2019 .
  4. Christine Lambrecht is no longer running for the Bundestag Article from September 7, 2020 on the website . Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  5. BMJV welcomes new minister. Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, June 27, 2019. Accessed May 21, 2021.
  6. ^ Criticism of the personnel policy by Federal Justice Minister Lambrecht. In: Handelsblatt , July 1, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  7. Christian Rath: “Not only Sunday speeches”. In: Legal Tribune Online , October 10, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  8. Marcus Heithecker, Jacques Schuster: Justice Minister wants to punish insults on the Internet more severely. In: Die Welt , October 13, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  9. Sandra May: Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht calls for notification of social networks Article dated October 17, 2019 on the website Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  10. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , Facebook should report hate from October 13, 2019. Retrieved on May 21, 2021.
  11. taz , delete and track from October 16, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  12. beck-aktuell , Justice Minister Lambrecht against the requirement of real names in the network from September 13, 2019. Accessed on May 21, 2021.
  13. Law on the introduction of subcontractor liability in the courier, express and parcel industry to protect employees (Parcel Courier Protection Act) , Federal Law Gazette Part I No. 40 of November 22, 2019, page 1602.
  14. Tagesschau: Justice Minister Lambrecht - Expropriations as a "last resort" .
  15. Justice Minister wants to tighten gun law. In: Spiegel Online , August 30, 2019.
  16. draft bill .
  17. Tagesschau: After alleged rape - Lambrecht against criminal responsibility under 14 .
  18. Spiegel Online, Upskirting should become a criminal offense from September 12, 2019. Accessed on May 21, 2021.
  19. ^ Zeit Online , Minister of Justice wants to better protect politicians from hatred, October 8, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  20. ^ Zeit Online, "Anti-Semitic acts must be pursued with all consistency" of October 13, 2019. Retrieved on May 21, 2021.
  21. Die Welt, Justice Minister wants to punish the burning of flags from November 26, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  22. Interview with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Children's Rights: Christine Lambrecht, Federal Minister of Justice (SPD) from November 20, 2019.
  23. Working group on the reform of custody and access law. Retrieved August 10, 2020 .
  24. LTO: BMJV: No automatic custody of unmarried fathers. Retrieved August 10, 2020 .
  25. Wolfgang Janisch: Custody: Reform for lesbian couples. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. August 20, 2020, accessed May 21, 2021 .
  26. ↑ Change of leadership at the THW Federal Association. In: Federal Agency for Technical Relief. April 17, 2018, accessed August 16, 2019 .
  27. ^ German Bundestag - MPs. Retrieved August 26, 2020 .