Martin Ahrens

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Martin Ahrens (* 1956 ) is a German lawyer and university professor .


Martin Ahrens studied 1975-1982 jurisprudence in Berlin and in the context of single-stage legal education in Hannover with the completion of the State examination with a qualified judge .

From 1983 to 1986 he worked as a lawyer and from 1984 to 1993 as a research assistant and temporary academic advisor at the Institute for Law at the University of Lüneburg . In 1992 he became a signature to the power failure right at Gottfried Schiemann at the University of Hanover to Dr. jur. PhD .

From October 1993 to March 1995, Ahrens represented the founding professorship for private and commercial law in the Faculty of Economics at the Technical University of Freiberg . Ahrens was then again temporary academic advisor and research assistant at the University of Lüneburg from 1995 to 2003, interrupted by the replacement of a professorship at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg from April to September 1996.

In July 2003 Ahrens completed his habilitation at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen and was granted the license to teach in the subjects of civil law , civil procedural law , labor law and modern history of private law. After serving as professorships in Cologne and Göttingen , he accepted a call from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen to a professorship for civil law, law of law and civil procedural law.

Ahrens' research focuses on the basic questions and dogmatic structures of civil law, civil procedural law including its historical references, insolvency law and the development of key legal qualifications .

Ahrens was Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Göttingen from 2018 to 2020 .

Publications (selection)


  • The penniless debtor. Impossibility of performance and default of the debtor, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1994, 303 p. (Also dissertation)
  • Process reform and unified civil process. One hundred years of legislative reform of German civil procedural law from the end of the 18th century to the adoption of the Reich Civil Procedure Code, Mohr Siebeck, Tübinger jurisprudential treatises vol. 102, Tübingen 2007, XIX and 701 pp. (Plus habilitation thesis)
  • Current personal bankruptcy law. Reform and new developments. RWS Verlag, 3rd edition, Cologne 2019, LXVI and 495 pp.


  • Co-editor of the New Journal for the Law of Insolvency and Reorganization (NZI), since 2008
  • Co-editor of the consumer insolvency magazine (VIA), since 2009
  • Specialist attorney's comment on insolvency law, Luchterhand, Cologne 2012, XXXVII and 2562 S. (together with Markus Gehrlein and Andreas Ringstmeier)
  • European civil procedure law - influence on Germany and Hungary, Universitätsverlag Göttingen, Göttingen 2011, 280 pp. (Together with Volker Lipp and István Varga)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Mohr Siebeck: Process Reform and Uniform Civil Procedure One hundred years of legislative reform of German civil procedural law from the end of the 18th century to the adoption of the Reich Civil Procedure Code - author information. Retrieved June 15, 2019 .
  2. ^ University of Tübingen: CV Martin Ahrens. Retrieved June 16, 2019 .
  3. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen: Martin Ahrens's curriculum vitae. Retrieved June 15, 2019 .
  4. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen - Faculty of Law: Dean of the Faculty of Law. Retrieved June 15, 2019 .