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German high court gets youngest leader ever

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German high court gets youngest leader ever
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08:22 CET+01:00
Germany’s highest court got a new leader on Friday. The institution’s Vice President Andreas Voßkuhle will take over as his predecessor Hans-Jürgen Papier leaves following 12 years of service.

A parliamentary committee of lawyers chose the 46-year-old law professor to replace 66-year-old Papier in the leadership change for the Bundesverfassungsgericht, which is located in Karlsruhe.

Voßkuhle, who specialises in administrative and environmental law, will be Germany’s youngest-ever high court leader. His deputy will now be 59-year-old Tübingen constitutional judge Ferdinand Kirchhof.

The leader of the constitutional court is elected via parliamentary committee every 12 years.

Voßkuhle, who claims no party affiliation, has had a successful career, becoming Germany’s youngest university dean at the University of Freiburg in 2008. Shortly thereafter he was elected as a judge in the high court.

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