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SEELS bids farewell and gives thanks to our esteemed colleague Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Norbert Reich

With great sorrow we received the news that Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Norbert Reich, who we cooperated with in the Civil Law Forum for SEE, passed away on 17th of October 2015. Prof. Dr. Norbert Reich was Emeritus Professor of Private Law and European Economic Law at the University of Bremen, and was a renowned expert on European Private Law. In 1973 Norbert Reich became a Professor at the Hamburg University for Economics and Politics (HWP). From 1982 he was a Professor at the University of Bremen and from 2005 an Emeritus Professor. He also served as the leading director of the ZERP, the Centre of European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen from 1982-1991. In 2000 he received an honorary doctorate from Helsinki University and from the University of Bucharest in 2014. From 2001-2004 Norbert Reich was the Rector at the Riga Graduate School of Law. He held visiting professorships at the  Universities of Montpellier, Fribourg, Keele, Luzern, Tartu and Groningen. Prof. Reich’s other activities included several advisory activities in European Economic and Consumer Law.


The legal community lost a great legal mind and we have lost a dedicated supporter to the legal development of the SEE.