Prof.em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dagmar Coester-Waltjen, LL.M. (Univ. of Michigan)

Dagmar Coester-Waltjen is professor emerita at the University of Göttingen. In Göttingen she was professor at the Law Faculty and the first director of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, an international and interdisciplinary centre for advanced study. Before that she held a chair at the University of Munich for twenty years after being a professor at the University of Hamburg and Konstanz. She taught also at Universities in Switzerland, China, UK, USA, and Israel and gave lectures in Greece, Turkey, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. Her field of scholarship is law, especially private international law, family law, civil procedure, and comparative law. Her research focuses on the interrelation of law, culture, and society. She is especially interested in the similarities and differences of the solutions legal systems find for (nearly) identical problems. She was on the board of several law associations and on committees of the German Research Council and the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. She got an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich and was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande, the Bayerischer Verdienstorden, the Heisenberg Medaille and the Otto-Schmidt Preis. She is also a member of the Academy of Comparative Law (Paris) and the Academia Europaea (London). From 2016 to 2020 she was member of the German Ethical Committee.