Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. h. c. (SZTE) Detlev W. Belling, M.C.L. (U. of Ill.)

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Universität Potsdam
Evangelisches Institut für Kirchenrecht
August-Bebel-Straße 89
D-14482 Potsdam


Am 31.03.2018 endete mein aktiver Dienst als Hochschullehrer.

Dumme rennen, Kluge warten,
Weise gehen durch den Garten.
Rabindranath Tagore
(1861 - 1941), in Bengali: Ravindranath Thakur, indischer Dichter und Philosoph, Nobelpreisträger für Literatur 1913

Ich freue mich über den Garten.


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Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. h. c. (SZTE) Detlev W. Belling, M.C.L. (U. of Ill.) was born in 1952 in Berlin. He graduated from Lilienthal secondary school in January 1972. He then studied law at the Freie University in Berlin and at the University of Illinois, USA. He completed his doctorate thesis in 1984 on the “The Principle of Favorability in Labor Law” under the supervision of em. o. Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. h. c. (mult.) Wilfried Schlüter and subsequently received his doctorate degree from the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster.

On 31 October 1989, Professor Belling acquired his postdoctoral qualification for higher-level teaching in the law department with a habilitation treatise on “The Liability of the Works Council to the Employees and the Employer”. In 1990 he was named University Professor at the Institute for Labour Law and Law of Social Welfare of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn. Professor Belling has occupied the chair for Civil, Labour and Social Law at the University of Potsdam since 1991, serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1 October 1999 until 30 September 2000. Amongst his scholarly works are publications in German, as well as several other languages, on constitutional law, civil law and company law, as well as employment and labour union law, with a special emphasis on the area of church labour law. He coordinated the course of study “German Law: The German Law School with Training as a Specialised Translator“, which is offered by the University of Szeged in Hungary and the University of Potsdam. In 2011 he was presented with an honorary doctorate title by the University of Szeged. He promoted the partnerships between the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) as well as the law faculty of the university of Novi Sad and the law faculty of the university of Potsdam. He is the vice president of the German-Turkish Chamber of Industry and Commerce Court of Arbitration (AHK).

Prof. Dr. Belling Professor Belling is active in the Evangelical Church and its social welfare organisations on a voluntary basis: He is the director of the "Evangelisches Institut für Kirchenrecht e.V." (Evangelical Institute for Church Law). He additionally served as chairman of the board of trustees for the “Landesausschuss für Innere Mission a.V.” (LAFIM) and was the chairman of the board of directors of a LAFIM non-profit company. As a sign of gratitude for his work for the evangelical and charitable church organization Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesia Upper Lusatia (Diakonisches Werk) he was awarded with the “Kronenkreuz in Gold”.

In 2003 Professor Belling was made a Knight of the Order of St. Constantine and St. Helen. The Commander`s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary (a Magyar Érdemrend Lovagkeresztje) was awarded to him at the German-Hungarian symposium on January 31st 2018. In his free time, he enjoys horseback riding, together with his daughter.

On January 31st 2018 he held his valedictory lecture.