H. Karsten Schmidt


Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (1992)
International Council Dinner
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich


Karsten Schmidt is President of the Bucerius Law School. A doctorate in 1972 was followed in 1975/76 by a post-doctorate in Bonn in the subjects of civil law, commercial law, business law and civil procedural law. Following a professorship in Göttingen (1976) he held a professorial chair at the University of Hamburg from 1977 to 1997 and was Director of the Departments of Commercial, Maritime and Economic Law. From 1997 to 2005 Karsten Schmidt was professor at the University of Bonn and Director of the Institute for Commercial and Business Law.

He is a member of the Joachim Jungius Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften, Hamburg, and the Academia Scientiarium et Artium Europaea, Salzburg, as well as Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, London. He is a corresponding member of the Academia Nacional de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales, Cordoba/Argentina and serves as a member of the academic board of the Institut für Wirtschaftsverfassung und Wettbewerb (FIW), Cologne.

Professor Schmidt served as vice-chairman and chairman of the Zivilrechtslehrervereinigung from 1987 to 1999 and was an assessor for the German Research Association from 1988 to 1996. He sits on the supervisory board and the Kuratorium of the Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius ZEIT Foundation, Hamburg. He is publisher and editor of the Zeitschrift für das gesamte Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht, joint publisher of the Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht (ZIP), as well as sitting on the editorial board of the International and Comparative Corporate Law Journal. He has written textbooks on commercial and company law, as well as monographs, commentaries and numerous academic articles.