"INTERVIEW" : COMPETITION JUDGE - GERMANY - Bundesgerichtshof - ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN COMPETITION LAW JUDGES

Joachim Bornkamm (German Supreme Court) : A competition judge at the German Supreme Court

Interview réalisée par Nicolas Charbit, Rédacteur en chef, Concurrences, Paris, New York.

Could you first briefly describe your personal background ? I have been a judge for a little over thirty years. I started out as a magistrate at the age of 28 after a legal education at the Universities of Freiburg, Munich, Lausanne and Oxford. At that time I knew very little about competition law. My doctoral thesis was on “Free Press and Fair Trial” and during my first years as a magistrate I handled ordinary criminal and civil cases. After two years in the copyright department of the Ministry of Justice, I joined the German Bundesgerichts­hof for three years, not as a judge, but rather as an assistant to the judges (conseiller référendaire). This is where I got involved with competition law, but also with all fields of intellectual property. After a number of years as judge at the

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Joachim Bornkamm, Nicolas Charbit, Joachim Bornkamm (German Supreme Court) : A competition judge at the German Supreme Court, février 2008, Concurrences N° 1-2008, Art. N° 15304, www.concurrences.com

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