Studies of law at Universities of Würzburg, Geneva and Frankfurt (Main) 1968-1973
Degrees from two German state examinations in law (Referendar 1973, Assessor 1976)
Doctoral degree in law (Dr. iur.) from the University of Frankfurt (Main) 1981
Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, with focus of research on international, comparative and European environmental law as well as the law of the sea.
In this period of academic research books and articles were published on environmental law and the law of the sea, including the doctoral thesis “The 200 Mile Economic Zone” (Springer Publ. 1983). In addition to the research work at the Max-Planck-Institute lectures were held on comparative constitutional law at the universities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and Frankfurt (Main).
Expert advice was provided, inter alia, to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety, the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag), the German Federal Environmental Protection Agency, and the European Parliament.
Projects Coordinator at the Environmental Law Centre of IUCN / The World Conservation Union, responsible for the “Environmental Law Services”, IUCN‘s legal technical assistance programme to governments, international organisations and to IUCN’s technical branches. Responsibilities included the organisation and management of legal advisory projects especially in developing countries, with a focus on advice on new environmental legislation (projects in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria, Nepal, Pakistan, Cook Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia).
Since 1994 - when admitted as Rechtsanwalt (practicing lawyer) with the Karlsruhe / Baden Württemberg Bar and until retirement in December 2015 - legal, policy and governance
consultancies have been provided in many parts of the world covering a broad range of environmental, administrative and institutional issues.
Donors financing the projects included: DFID (Department for International Development) UK, EUROPEAN UNION (Phare / TACIS / Cards and other Programs), GIZ (German International Cooperation), INTERCOOPERATION (Swiss International Cooperation), IUCN / The World Conservation Union,
UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), WORLD BANK
Advisory services were also provided to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety, the German Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. The services included in-depth studies on international environmental law and institutions. Since 2000 focus has been on projects in the EU enlargement process with intensive involvement in Romania and the management of Phare institution-building projects in the environmental sector.
October 2005 - June 2009 Resident Twinning Adviser in Romania in an EU-financed Twinning Project to support the institutional development of the National Environmental Protection Agency. The Agency is subordinated to the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development coordinating the 8 Regional Environmental Protection Agencies and the 42 Local Environmental Protection Agencies in the country.
The tasks of the Resident Twinning Adviser were the coordination and management of the expert advice provided to the Romanian partner institutions by governmental and administrative experts from the implementing member states (Germany with Austria as junior partner).
The Twinning Project which had two phases and included as main components:
- Institutional development
- Environmental planning at the national level
- Establishment of an integrated environmental monitoring system
- Support of operational activities on the National Environmental Protection Agency, such as: coordination of permitting, transboundary cooperation in permitting and environmental impact assessment, coordination of emission monitoring and inspection, biodiversity conservation, soil and subsoil protection, and waste management
- Assistance with international reporting obligations
- Coordination of the Twinning Projects carried out in the 8 regions of Romania
Implementing member state institutions: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU) for Germany as lead country, Federal
Environmental Agency of Austria as junior partner.
The management of the Twinning Projects at the national level continued the institution-building work done as Team Leader in preceding EU Phare Technical Assistance Projects in Romania, especially
the TA Project 2002-2004 to establish the 8 Regional Environmental Protection Agencies and the National Environmental Protection Agency (both functional in 2004).