Key activities

  • Roman Law (Succession Law, Civil Procedure Law)
  • Modern German and European Law (Tenancy Law, Property Law)
  • International Civil Procedure Law
University Education
1991-1996 Law, University of Bonn and University of Tübingen (First State Examination)
Graduation / Academic Degrees
2004 Habilitation in Law, University of Bonn (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst)
1998 Dr. jur. in Law, University of Tübingen (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst)
Work Experience
2015, 2013-2014 and 2010-2011 Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Trier
2014 MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh
2006 and 2008 Visiting Lecturer at the Sino-German Institute of Law in Nanjing
since 2005 Professor of Law, University of Trier (private law, Roman law, newer history of private law, German and international civil procedure law)
2002-2005 Assistant Lecturer in Law (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst), University of Bonn
1999-2002 Assistant Lecturer in Law (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ernst), University of Tübingen
1997-1999 Legal Trainee (Rechtsreferendar) at the Regional Court in Tübingen, Judicial Extern at US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco
1996-1997 Doctoral Scholarship, German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)

Bibliography, in preparation

Rüfner, Thomas: Tipping the Scales of Justice: Roman Law as a Resource in Medieval Legal Discourse, in: Endreß, Martin/Clemens, Lukas/Rampp, Benjamin (Hgg.): Strategies, Dispositions and Resources of Social Resilience. A Dialogue between Medieval Studies and Sociology, Wiesbaden 2020,  S. 219–232.