Friedrich-Joachim Mehmel

Friedrich-Joachim Mehmel

I am part of the LawCom.Institute because ...

... the commitment to democracy and the rule of law is a matter close to my heart. Law must be explained; law must be communicated.


I am currently involved in the development and realisation of projects (nationally and internationally) promoting the rule of law and democracy. The primary aims of these projects are: overcoming the challenges posed by artificial intelligence (focussing on administration and the judiciary); establishing alternative dispute resolution methods (arbitration/mediation) with the goal of strengthening civil society; communication on law and the rule of law.


One major driving force in my professional life has been the commitment to justice. It also influenced my career choice as a judge. My training in mediation made me appreciate the role of communication both in understanding the causes of conflict and in matters of dispute resolution. Rule of law, democracy, legal peace: all are of fundamental relevance to each and every one of us. The particular challenges posed by populism, the new social media and artificial intelligence demand our full attention and response. Here is where I would want to do my bit.

Curriculum vitae

2016 - 2020
President of the Hamburg Constitutional Court
2014 - 2020
President of the Hamburg Higher Administrative Court
Co-initiator of the Foundation of the European-Latin American Arbitration Center (ELArb)
Member of the Hamburg Constitutional Court
Seit 2012
Various activities for the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the fields of mediation, administrative law, court modernisation, arbitration, etc.
Seit 2012
Chairman of Rechtsstandort Hamburg e.V.
2009 - 2011
Development and implementation of a project to introduce court-based mediation in 4 pilot courts in Ukraine as part of a pilot project under the auspices of the European Union and the Council of Europe
Initiator and co-founder of Rechtsstandort Hamburg e.V.
Training as mediator
Presiding Judge at the Administrative Court
Judge at the Administrative Court
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