People - 16.07.2012 - 00:00 

Great honor for Baudenbacher

Leuphana University has awarded an honorary doctorate to Carl Baudenbacher. He received this honour for his international research into business law and his contributions to shaping and enforcing law.


16 July 2012. On the occasion of the 2012 dies academicus of Leuphana University Lüneburg, the title of Dr. rer. pol. honoris causae was bestowed upon Carl Baudenbacher by the Faculty of Economics. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Carl Baudenbacher has been Full Professor of Civil, Commercial and Business Law at the University of St.Gallen since 1987, and he is the Managing Director of the Institute of European and International Business Law. In 1995, Carl Baudenbacher was appointed judge at the Court of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which he has presided over since 2003.

In addition, Baudenbacher is the founder and Director of the Executive M.B.L. programme at the HSG. From 1993 to 2005, he taught European and International Law as a Permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Texas. From 1994 to 1995, he served as a Member of the Supreme Court of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Eulogy for the life entrepreneur
In the official eulogy of Leuphana University, Prof. Dr. Tim W. Dornis said: “Carl Baudenbacher’s activities as a university teacher have always been international. He has never been content with the national perspective”. After all, Carl Baudenbacher’s research had put a stamp on quite a few legal fields. Thus he had written commentaries and textbooks on competition law, unfair competition law and company law which had developed into standard texts. Special mention had to be given to arbitration in the field of procedural law.

Of course Carl Baudenbacher had turned to an interdisciplinary approach to legal problems early on, particularly in his doctoral thesis. Subsequently, economic backgrounds had always been crucial to him. Academic work, however, was not the be all and end all for Carl Baudenbacher, said Dornis. He was – as he had styled himself – a life entrepreneur. This conception of himself was reflected in the dynamism and diversity of his activities.

Pacesetter of legal relations in Europe
One significant aspect of this was Baudenbacher’s position as judge of the EFTA Court, which he had occupied since 1995, explained Dornis. “Baudenbacher has been President of the EFTA Court since 2003. He has been involved in more than 140 court rulings since his appointment.” This made clear that he had a substantial influence on European and international legal practice. It was no exaggeration to describe Baudenbacher as a “pacesetter of European and international legal relations”, said Dornis in concluding his eulogy.

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