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Markus Ogorek

Markus Ogorek has headed the Chair of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Public and Private Business Law since April 2013.

After studying law at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg, Ogorek completed the first state examination in law on 20 January 2000. On 10 July 2001 he earned his doctorate at the law faculty of the University of Cologne under Professor Stefan Muckel with his thesis “Geltung und Fortbestand der Verfassungsgarantie staatlichen Religionsunterrichts in den neuen Bundesländern – Ein Beitrag zur Lehre vom sog. Verfassungswandel”. Following this Ogorek completed an LLM at the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and subsequently passed the New York State Bar Exam. On 25 April 2004 he was admitted as Attorney and Counselor at Law in the State of New York. Ogorek continued with his international studies in 2005 as participant in the European Young Lawyers Scheme organized by the British Council and the University of Edinburgh. He completed the second state examination in law in North Rhine Westphalia in December 2006.

Markus Ogorek was appointed Academic Councillor for an indefinite period of time at the University of Cologne in March 2008, where he was employed at the Institute of Canon Law and Church History under Professor Stefan Muckel until October 2012. He initially worked on a part-time basis as research assistant and later as a lawyer in the Dusseldorf offices of Linklaters LLP. On 10 December 2011 he was appointed Visiting Professor by the law faculty of the University of Nanjing, People’s Republic of China. He earned his professorial qualification (Habilitation) at the University of Cologne in 2012 with his thesis “Gefahrenabwehr im öffentlichen Raum – Polizeirechtliche Befugnisnormen auf dem Prüfstand von Gesetzesvorbehalt und Bestimmtheitsgebot”. At the same time he was awarded teaching permission for the subjects constitutional and administrative law, private and public business law, European law, international public law and comparative law, social law and religious law. In the winter semester 2012/13 he was Acting Head of Chair at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (Professor of Public Law, Environmental Law and Administrative Science). Markus Ogorek’s research interests lie in the areas of risk prevention law, public business law, social law and religious law. Ogorek also publishes on issues of commercial and company law.

Areas of Research

One particular research focus of the Chair headed by Professor Markus Ogorek is public business law. Besides the traditional areas of hospitality law, trade and crafts law, public business law also covers areas such as installation-based emissions control, shop opening hours, waste management and subsidies. The Chair is also concerned with the economic activity of the state, i.e. of local authorities. Planning law, the legal framework for the restructuring and privatization of public enterprises and regulatory law are also important elements of the Chair’s activities.

In addition to public business law, the Chair also deals with selected areas of private business law, in particular stock corporation law. It concentrates primarily on legal issues in connection with shareholder meetings and structural processes requiring shareholder approval, such as squeeze-outs, control and profit transfer agreements, as well as on provisions in accordance with the Transformation Act. Research interests also include corporate governance topics and the liability of company officers.

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