Rosemary Will

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Rosemarie Will b. Flick (born August 25, 1949 in Bernsdorf ) is a German law scholar and university professor . From 1989 to 2014 she was a professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin .


Rosemarie Will was born as Rosemarie Flick in Bernsdorf (Upper Lusatia) in 1949. In 1968 or 1969 she joined the SED . After graduating from high school in 1968 in Kamenz , she studied law at the Humboldt University in Berlin from 1969 to 1973. From 1973 to 1979 she was a research assistant there on a research grant . In 1976 she was elected FDJ secretary, later as propaganda functionary of the FDJ basic organization at Humboldt University. In 1977 Will did his doctorate with the thesis Studies on the struggle of the working class for basic social rights in capitalism, with special emphasis on the FRG . 1979/1980 followed a study visit to the Soviet Union at Lvov University . From 1980 to 1983 she worked at the GDR Academy of Sciences in the Institute for State and Legal Theory.

In 1983 , Will completed his habilitation at the Humboldt University in Berlin for public law with the thesis "Study of the role of the state in the political organization of socialist society" and represents a. a. the opinion: "The bourgeois state as the undisputed most important part of the political power of the ruling class had to be smashed by the working class in the proletarian revolution." In 1984 Will became a university lecturer. From 1988 to 1990 she worked on the research project Modern Socialism together with Michael Brie , Dieter Segert , Rainer Land and others. This group of scientists, predominantly members of the SED, collected arguments against reunification and worked on analyzes and reform concepts that were to democratize the GDR, open up the economy, initiate a social and ecological restructuring of society and overcome the East-West confrontation. Rosemarie Will was particularly concerned with the question of the structures of a socialist constitutional state and the ways to get there.

In 1989, the year the Berlin Wall came down, Will took the following positions: “The FRG policy of duty of care towards GDR citizens is a policy of strength, contrary to international law. This cannot be prevented by the GDR alone. ”At the beginning of December 1989, on the occasion of the extraordinary party congress of the SED, she signed the appeal“ For a socialist party in the GDR ”. Here she demanded: “On the basis of its geostrategic location, the GDR has to make a special contribution to the development of cooperative security structures between NATO and the Warsaw Treaty. The GDR should strive to be included in Western European integration as a sovereign partner and at the same time actively revitalize socialist economic cooperation and thus act as a mediator for the creation of a pan-European economic area. ”In mid-December 1989, before the second part of the Extraordinary Party Congress, Will stepped up from the SED. Will continued to work as a constitutional legal advisor for the Independent Women's Association and worked on the draft constitution for the GDR's Central Round Table .

In September 1989, shortly before the collapse of the GDR, Will was appointed full professor of constitutional law at Humboldt University. From 1990 to 1993 Rosemarie Will was dean of the law faculty at Humboldt University. From 1993 until her retirement in October 2014 she was there - after applying and reappointed - also after the federal German higher education law professor of public law , political theory and legal theory . Research stays took Will to the law faculties of the University of Basel (1997/98) and the State University of Saint Petersburg (2010). In her academic résumé Will does not mention her membership in the SED and FDJ.

Will joined the SPD in 1993 or 1994 and became an advisory member of the SPD Fundamental Values ​​Commission in 1996 .

From 1993 to 1995 she was a research assistant at the Federal Constitutional Court in Dieter Grimm's department . In 1996 she was appointed constitutional judge for the state of Brandenburg against public opposition . She held this office until 2006.

She has been a member of the Humanist Union since 1991 and was chairwoman of the national board from 2005 to 2013. Will is co-editor of the political-scientific monthly magazine Blätter for German and international politics . Since 1995 she has been a member of the German Association of Women Lawyers (djb). From 2007 to 2010 she was in charge of the female lawyers in the GDR project funded by the state of Brandenburg .

In 2011 Will produced the documentary Der Fall Modrow , which deals with the criminal trials against the last chairman of the GDR Council of Ministers, Hans Modrow, for falsifying the GDR local elections in 1989 and for his perjury before the special committee to investigate abuse of office and power as a result of the SED rule .

She is one of the supporters of the Charter of Fundamental Digital Rights of the European Union , which was published at the end of November 2016.

Rosemarie Will is divorced and has two children.



Web links

Commons : Rosemarie Will  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Jochen Zenthöfer: The career of SED lawyer Rosemarie Will. In: The Political Opinion , Issue 392, July 2002, pp. 28–30.
  2. Jan Wielgohs:  Rosemarie Will . In: Who was who in the GDR? 5th edition. Volume 2. Ch. Links, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86153-561-4 .
  3. a b c Curriculum vitae at the Chair of Public Law, Political Science and Legal Theory ( memento of December 29, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on August 25, 2013.
  4. ^ A b Henryk M. Broder : Use the scope . In: Der Spiegel . No. 40 , 1996, pp. 275 f . ( online - via the election of law professor Rosemarie Will as constitutional judge in Brandenburg).
  5. ^ Rainer Land : Research Project Modern Socialism. In: From Politics and Contemporary History . No. 11/2010.
  6. ^ Rainer Land (Ed.): The conversion paper. Arguments against reunification. Rotbuch, Berlin 1990, ISBN 3-88022-030-1 .
  7. ^ The SED reform discourse of the eighties . Rosa Luxemburg Foundation .
  8. Michael Brie, Rosemarie Will u. a .: Socialism in Discussion: Study on Social Strategy. Dietz, Berlin 1989, p. 78.
  9. New Germany . December 12, 1989, p. 3 f.
  10. a b Truth is not good news. Rosemarie Will in the ND interview about her film "The Modrow Case": Establishing justice is a laborious process. In: New Germany . May 27, 2011.
  11. Eva Singer: Limited Participation. East German women's movement and the Central Round Table in the GDR. Campus, Frankfurt am Main 2005, p. 340.
  12. The draft constitution of the round table of the GDR 1989/90
  13. Members of the SPD Fundamental Values ​​Commission ( Memento from September 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  14. The Changes of Rosemarie Will . In: Die Zeit , No. 39/1996. "Red Rosi in the robe". In: Focus September 16, 1996.
  15. Former constitutional judges. In: Constitutional Court of the State of Brandenburg.
  16. The Modrow case. A film about the criminal trials against Hans Modrow. In: Brandenburg State Center for Political Education. December 2, 2011.