She is the new President of the NRW Constitutional Court: Professor Dr. Barbara Dauner-Lieb. The 66-year-old lawyer lives in Bensberg. She speaks openly about questions about her choice, her passion to teach, feelings of home and memories of the Zanders paper mill.
How do you feel after your election to the highest judicial office in the country?
Barbara Dauner-Lieb: Very unfamiliar. The office is a great honor, but also an obligation. I will be more bound and have to adhere to new formal processes. My plan was actually to enjoy my freedom, including a long vacation this summer.
You hadn’t applied for the office?
Dauner love: Certainly not! It was a political issue. When it suddenly became clear that Andreas Heusch no longer had a majority as a candidate, the search began. It all happened incredibly quickly and I hardly had time to think about it.
Although you received a clear vote in the election – 164 out of 182 votes – you are considered a compromise candidate. Did that bother you as a woman?
Dauner love: I am a political compromise in this presidential election, not a compromise in my capacity as a woman. In my professional career I have seen a lot about women and feminism. It would fill a book. Therefore: Better to be a quota woman than not to play at all!
What skills are you valued for as a judge?
Dauner love: I can integrate well and bring people together. Everyone knows I’m conservative, but not party conservative. Liberal with green and pink polka dots. You can hear me
Your age is not an issue for you?
Dauner love: Zero! My life is what i do. I haven’t thought about retirement yet. And the lectures at the university are not stressful work for me.
Speaking of the university: In 2019 you were awarded the State Teaching Prize for your special teaching ideas. What does the honor mean to you?
Dauner love: My students are just important to me. I would also like to help you develop your personality. You should be able to reflect critically and write good texts. And I try to give young people impulses to learn.
What is the main focus of your teaching activity in contract and corporate law?
Dauner love: The exam course. For ten years I have been preparing all the material for the first state examination for students together with two colleagues.
What is it like for you to teach digitally?
Dauner love: The Zoom conferences run without any problems. It is completely different from standing in the classroom. I perceive the individual student more during a conference than when they are sitting in the many rows of listeners. Nevertheless, we all of course lack real encounters.
Is Bensberg home to you?
Dauner love: Total! My husband and I bought our house in 1985, and I still enjoy living in it. I go to the market every Thursday and shop regularly in the Bensberg shops. I am really very rooted here.
How did you experience your youth in Bergisch Gladbach?
Dauner love: My parents built in the Romaney. I did my Abitur at the Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium.
You are also connected to the Zanders paper factory. How was it for you to work there?
Dauner love: I have had an incredible number of experiences at Zanders. It all started in the early 1970s when I was a student and helped Peter Dauscha, then head of Feinpapier AG, in English and French. Back then I was allowed to drive his Z 1 when I just had my driver’s license. Great!
What was the Z1?
Dauner love: Z 1 was the license plate and stood for Zander 1. It was a big Mercedes.
How did your professional life develop then?
Dauner love: After studying and doing my doctorate, I headed the legal department at Zanders for six years from 1986 to 1991 and I had power of attorney. I was the first woman in such a position.
How do you feel when the lights go out at Zanders?
Dauner love: That takes me with it. I remember so many details from administration and production. It hurts.
Didn’t that career stop you from wanting to teach?
Dauner love: Absolutely not. I have held the chair for corporate and civil law at the University of Cologne for more than 20 years. I am just passionate about this work.
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