Rudolf Dolzer

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Rudolf Dolzer (born March 20, 1944 in Asang ; † April 3, 2020 ) was a German international lawyer and ministerial official.


Dolzer attended the elementary school and the high school in Waiblingen He then studied 1963-1965 jurisprudence and sociology in Tübingen and from 1965 to 1966 with a Fulbright scholarship , the study political science at Gonzaga University in Spokane , United States. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts . In 1966, Dolzer studied law in Heidelberg and took the first exam on June 2, 1969 . In 1970 he received his doctorate in Heidelberg. From 1971 to 1972 he studied at Harvard Law School and received a Master of Laws degree . After the legal clerkship in the district of the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe , the second state examination followed on June 11, 1975 and from 1975 a new course of studies and a second doctorate at Harvard.

From 1977 to 1989 Dolzer was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law . 1984 habilitation Dolzer in Heidelberg and received the teaching certificate for German and foreign public law, international law and European law . In 1989 he took over the chair for German and Foreign Public Law, International Law and European Law at the University of Mannheim and was Vice-Rector from 1990 to 1992 .

In 1992, Dolzer was given leave of absence to become Ministerial Director and Head of Department 6 in the Federal Chancellery from 1992 to 1996 . In this function he was responsible for the Federal Intelligence Service and coordinator of the federal intelligence services .

From 1996 to 2009 Dolzer was a professor at the Law Faculty of the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and head of the Institute for International Law there .

Visiting professorships

1984–1985 he was a visiting professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor , USA and in 1987 a visiting professor at the Law Faculty of Cornell University in Ithaca , USA. In 1995 and again in the fall of 2000, Dolzer had a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . In spring 2005 he was visiting professor at the Université Paris I ( Sorbonne ), in autumn 2006 visiting professor at Southern Methodist University , Texas and in autumn 2007 visiting professor at Instituto de Empresa in Madrid . In August 2010 he had a lecture at the Academy for International Law in The Hague .


  • 1980–1989 Editorial Committee, Encyclopedia of Public International Law
  • 1989–1990 Enquete Commission on Precautions for the Protection of the Earth's Atmosphere of the German Bundestag
  • 1991–1994 Advisory Board of the Global Environment Fund
  • 1990–1994 Enquête Commission "Protection of the Earth's Atmosphere" of the German Bundestag
  • 1999–2002 Enquete Commission on the Globalization of the World Economy of the German Bundestag
  • Scientific directorate of the German Society for Foreign Policy
  • Advisory board of the Dräger Foundation
  • Advisory board of the Instituto de Empresa, Madrid
  • Board of Directors of the International Development Law Institute, Rome
  • from 2004 Argentine Academy of Social Sciences and Law
  • from 2007 advisory board of the Foundation for International Cultural Diplomacy
  • from 2008 steering committee of the German-Russian Raw Materials Forum
  • from 2011 advisory board of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators


In 2010 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, 1st class.


Dolzer was the author of numerous publications on foreign trade law .

  • The state theory and state law position of the Federal Constitutional Court . Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1972, ISBN 978-3-428-02617-3 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. News - Prof. Dr. Dr. Rudolf Dolzer passed away. In: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn . Retrieved April 9, 2020 .
  2. ^ Federal Cross of Merit for Prof. Rudolf Dolzer . In: The city editorial office . September 24, 2010 ( online [accessed May 6, 2020]).