Thomas Dieterich

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Thomas Dieterich (left) with two fellow judges at the Federal Labor Court, 1980

Thomas Dieterich (born June 19, 1934 in Hirschberg , Silesia ; † May 6, 2016 in Kassel ) was a German lawyer, judge at the Federal Constitutional Court and President of the Federal Labor Court .


After completing his legal training and a doctorate supervised by Wolfgang Siebert , Dieterich began his judicial work in 1963 as judge and director of the Mannheim and Heidelberg labor courts and later as presiding judge at the Baden-Württemberg regional labor court .

In 1972 Dieterich was appointed judge at the Federal Labor Court (BAG), in 1980 he was appointed presiding judge at the BAG and in 1987 he was elected judge of the Federal Constitutional Court, of which he was a member of the first senate until he was appointed President of the Federal Labor Court in 1994. As President, he presided over the first Senate of the Federal Labor Court until he retired in 1999. The predecessor to his post at the Federal Constitutional Court was Helmut Simon ; his successor was Renate Jaeger . Dieterich played a key role in the rulings of the Federal Constitutional Court on the prohibition of competition for commercial agents , the choice of the married name of the wife, the judicial control of examination decisions and the protection of inexperienced persons in the case of guarantees .

He became an honorary professor at the University of Kassel (1982) and the Georg-August University of Göttingen (1986).

Dieterich was married to the legal scholar and former politician Heide Maria Pfarr .

See also


  • Thomas Dieterich: A judge's life in labor and constitutional law . Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, Berlin 2016. ISBN 978-3-8305-3672-7

Web links

Commons : Thomas Dieterich  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. a b See Helmut Kerscher, Ein heiterer und Serene Analyst, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, May 9, 2016, p. 8.
  2. BVerfGE 81, 242.
  3. BVerfGE 84, 9.
  4. BVerfGE 84, 34.
  5. BVerfGE 89, 214.
  6. See Institute for Labor Law (University of Göttingen), Professor Dr. Thomas Dieterich, President of the BAG a. D. , accessed May 9, 2016.