Mathias Rohe

Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. h. c. Mathias Rohe, M.A., Richter am OLG a.D.


Department of Civil Law and Civil Procedure
Chair of Private Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law (Prof. Dr. Rohe, M.A.)

Room: Room 1.132
Schillerstraße 1
91054 Erlangen

Office hours

Office hours: during term-time Mo. 6-7 pm, during the non-lecture period on appointment

Room 1.132,

Personal details

since 2021 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Islam Kolleg Deutschland e.V.
since 2018 Ordinary member of the Bavarian Academy for Sciences and Humanities
since 2018 Honorary doctor at the University of Ankara
since 2014 Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law
2011-2013 Head of the Bavarian Ministry of Justice working group “Parallel Justice”
2012-2013 Head of the working group on “Islamism and Islamophobia” organized by the Austrian State Secretary for Integration (“Dialogforum Islam”)
2011 Conferment of the “Karl-Steinbauer-Zeichen” of the Bavarian Parish-brotherhood for Christian courage
since 2010 Project group member of the second Deutsche Islamkonferenz (German Islam Conference)
since 2008 Founding director of the Erlangen Centre for Islam and the Law in Europe
2006-2009 Member of the first German Islam Conference (Federal Ministry of the Interior), working group 2 (constitutional issues)
2004-2006 Dean of the Law Faculty in Erlangen
October 2004 Rejection of an offer for the Chair of Private Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law at the University of Tübingen
2001-2007 Judge at the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht), Nuremberg
July 1999 Offer from the Chair of Private Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
September 1997 Offer from the Chair of Private Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Summer 1997 Interim chairs in Augsburg and Potsdam
February 1997 Habilitation in the fields of civil law, private international law and procedural law, comparative law and European law; habilitation thesis on complex contractual relationships (Netzverträge – Rechtsprobleme komplexer Vertragsverbindungen)
since 1997 Extensive activities as an expert in parliaments and consultant in the fields of domestic and foreign governments; hundreds of interviews for German and international media
1993-1997 Assistant to Prof. Dr. Wernhard Möschel/University of Tübingen
1993 Doctorate (Dr. jur.) with a dissertation on private international law (on the application of lex loci delicti); Awarded the Reinhold-und-Maria-Teufel Foundation sponsorship prize
since 1991 Various invitations to hold lectures on legal and Islamic topics (among others in Montreal, Ottawa, Yale, Harvard, Washington DC, St. Louis, Denver, Provo, Oxford, London, Leicester, Coventry, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Bergen, Leiden, Utrecht, Nijmegen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Leuven, Rennes, Strasbourg, Barcelona, Zurich, Bern, Salzburg, Vienna, Graz, Turin, Milan, Venice, Florence, Krakow, Budapest, Minsk, Fes, Casablanca, Istanbul, Ankara, Kayseri, Malatya, Beirut, Jerusalem, Damascus, Amman, Cairo, Tripoli, Kabul, Dushanbe, Lahore, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe)
since 1990 Publications in the fields of civil law, private international law, comparative law, European law, civil procedure, Islamic law as well as publications dealing with legal questions relating to Islam
1990-1995 Teaching courses in German law for foreign lawyers in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia
1989-1992 Practical legal training in Tübingen; Second State Examination
1988-1993 Assistant to Prof. Dr. Dietrich Rothoeft/University of Tübingen
1981-1989 Islamic Studies in Tübingen and Damascus (1984-85); Master’s degree with a thesis on classical Islamic law (Dealing with theft according to the four schools)
1981-1988 Study of law in Tübingen, First State Examination
1979-1981 Mandatory civilian service (in lieu of military service) at the Protestant Family Vacation Resort in Gomadingen
1978-1979 Worked as a cook in Saudi Arabia and for the delivery service of the German Federal Post Office (Deutsche Bundespost), Sojourn in various oriental countries
1978 Higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) at the  Wirtemberg-Gymnasium Stuttgart-Untertürkheim; Scheffel Award for the best performance in German; Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
since 1975 Sojourns in the following Orient countries:  Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Malaysia
12.10.1959 Born in Stuttgart



Summer term 2022

  • Introduction to Islamic Law II
  • Islam and Law in Europe
  • Basic Principles of Family Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Seminar on International Private Law and Comparative Law / Introduction to Islamic Jurisprudence

Research profile

A. Islam and culture related issues

  • Legal status of Islam in Germany and Europe and its development in an European context
  • Islamic law, especially its development in present day
  • Multicultural conflicts and intercultural communication

B. Civil/international law

  • German and international banking and credit security law
  • Legal position concerning complex contractual relationships
  • German and international liability law




  • Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, since 2018
  • Founding director of the Erlangen Center for Islam and the Law in Europe (EZIRE)
  • Vice-President of the board of trustees of the Near and Middle East Association (NuMOV –  Nah- und Mittelostverein)
  • Consultative Commitee of the Department ‚Law and Anthropology‘ at Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology Halle
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Avicenna Foundation
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Forum Islamic-Theological Studies
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Documentation Center for Religious reasoned Extremism (Political Islam), Federal Government, Vienna
  • Co-founder, board member and from 2001-2009 President of the Society for Arabic and Islamic Law (GAIR –  Gesellschaft für arabisches und islamisches Recht )
  • Board of trustees of the Eugen-Biser-Foundation Munich
  • Board of trustees of the Islamkolleg Deutschland e.V.
  • Editorial Board, EJIMEL (Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law)
  • Associate editor, Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe
  • Advisory Board, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia
  • Advisory Board, Journal of Law, University of Kuwait
  • Advisory Board, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion
  • Associate Member, International Academy of Comparative Law
  • Member of the Independent Expert Group on Muslimophobia (Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Homeland, Berlin)
  • From the 1st of October 2019 Dean of Research of the Law Faculty
  • Executive Director of the advisory board of the Department for Islamic-Religious Studies (Special Representative of the President) (Department für islamisch-religiöse Studien, DIRS)
  • Chairman of the Library Comittee of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Bibliotheksausschuss der FAU)
  • Chairman of the Board of the Vinzl-Foundation at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • German-Turkish Lawyers‘ Association (DTJV – Deutsch-Türkische Juristenvereinigung)
  • Banking Law Association – Academic Society for Banking Law (Bankrechtliche Vereinigung – Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Bankrecht)
  • Comparative Law Society (Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung)
  • Academic Association for International Procedural Law (Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Internationales Verfahrensrecht)
  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV – Deutscher Hochschulverband)
  • Treasurer of the Supporting Association for Family and Academia at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Schatzmeister des Fördervereins Familie und Wissenschaft e.V.) – from its formation in 2005 until its dissolution in 2019



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