Martin Henssler

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Martin Henssler (born June 11, 1953 in Stuttgart ) is a professor of civil law , labor law , commercial law and legal law at the University of Cologne .


Henssler is Managing Director of the Institute for Labor and Business Law (AWR) at the University of Cologne , the Institute for Legal Law at the University of Cologne and Director of the Institute for Company Law at the University. He is the editor and author of important publications in the field of labor law , corporate law , legal law and general civil law . Before becoming a professor, in Heidelberg from 1990 and in Cologne since 1991, Henssler worked as a judge and public prosecutor in Baden-Württemberg .

From 2015 to 2018, Henssler was Vice Rector for Planning and Scientific Staff at the University of Cologne . Before that, he was Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Cologne from 2013 to 2015 . From 2006 to 2012, Henssler was chairman of the permanent deputation of the German Legal Conference (DJT) and thus President of the 67th German Legal Conference in Erfurt, the 68th Legal Conference in Berlin and the 69th Legal Conference in Munich. From 2007 to 2011 he was chairman of the civil law teachers' association .

Draft employment contract law

On April 24, 2007, Henssler was awarded the first prize for good legislation by the German Society for Legislation . Henssler and his Cologne colleague Ulrich Preis were honored for the joint discussion draft of an employment contract law , with which the individual labor law should be summarized in a code.

In the Federal Republic of Germany - unlike in many European countries - individual labor law is not codified in a uniform code of law. The regulations are spread over a large number of individual laws (including BGB , KSchG , BUrlG , AGG ). To date, all attempts at codification (e.g. the so-called professor's draft of the DJT and the drafts of the states of Brandenburg and Saxony ) have failed in Germany. The Bertelsmann Foundation is currently trying a new attempt to implement this project. The discussion draft by Henssler and Price was drawn up on their behalf.

Further honors

Henssler was honored with the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon for his work for the German Lawyers' Association . The award was presented to him in September 2012 by the Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger .

Publications (excerpt)

  • The employment contract in the group , Duncker & Humblot , Berlin 1983 (publications on social and labor law, volume 70)
  • Risk as subject matter of the contract , Mohr Siebeck Verlag , Tübingen 1991
  • (together with Hanns Prütting ): Commentary on the Federal Lawyers' Act , CH Beck , Munich 1997 (2nd edition 2004)
  • Commentary on the Partnership Law , CH Beck, Munich 1997 (2nd edition 2008)
  • (together with Lutz Strohn): Corporate Law Commentary , CH Beck, Munich 2011
  • Social power and organizational efficiency as prerequisites for the tariff ability of trade unions - The example of the Christian metal trade union , Nomos Verlag , Baden-Baden 2006
  • (together with Hans Brox and Bernd Rüthers ): Arbeitsrecht , Kohlhammer-Verlag, Stuttgart, 16th edition 2004 (18th edition 2010)
  • (together with Hans Brox): Handelsrecht , CH Beck, Munich, 19th edition 2006 (21st edition 2011)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. published as supplement 1/2007 to the Neue Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht (NZA).
  2. Report in the KStA of September 24, 2012, p. 26