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Roman Herzog

Roman Herzog

Former President of Germany

  • Topics: Politics, Europe
  • Location: Germany
  • Languages: English, German
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  • The European Union
  • European Politics
  • Human Rights

Roman Herzog was the seventh President of Germany.

Having studied Law at the University of Munich, Dr Herzog began lecturing in State Law and Politics at the Free University of Berlin in 1965. He then moved to the High School for Administrative Science in Speyer, becoming Rector in 1971.

In 1970 he joined the CDU party and in 1973 he began his political career with his appointment as the State Secretary of the Rheinland-Pfalz state government. From 1978 to 1980 he was Minister for Culture and Sport in the Baden- Württemberg state government, and then Minister for the Interior. In 1983 he was appointed as one of the judges to sit on the German Constitutional Court. Here he became Vice-President and then President, until he was appointed President of the Karlsruhe Court.

In 1994 Roman Herzog was elected to succeed Richard von Weizsäcker in the German Presidential election.

Between December 1999 and October 2000 Roman Herzog led the first European Convention which produced the first Charter on Human Rights in the European Union.

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