Hellmut Wissmann

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Hellmut Wißmann (born February 15, 1940 ) is a German lawyer , former federal judge . D., author of specialist literature, honorary professor .


Wißmann was President of the Federal Labor Court until February 28, 2005 . He studied at the University of Frankfurt am Main , Lausanne and Freiburg im Breisgau .

After passing the assessor examination in 1968 and briefly working as a lawyer, he was a research assistant at the Institute for European Law at the University of Cologne (focus on commercial law) until 1972, where he received his doctorate. He then worked as a speaker, later as head of division at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs , Labor Law Department. Wißmann was significantly involved in the preparation of labor law, also at EC level (areas: co-determination law , equal treatment , economic, monetary and social union, unification agreement ).

In 1992 he was appointed judge at the Federal Labor Court, initially in the 4th Senate. In 1994 he moved to the 1st Senate and became press spokesman for the Federal Labor Court. In 1999 he took over the chairmanship of the 1st Senate and was appointed President of the Federal Labor Court. His first and most urgent task was managing the move from Kassel to Erfurt . Since 2001 he has been honorary professor for German and European law at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg . He is co-editor of the " New Journal for Labor Law " and " Labor Law "

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