The President

The President is the head of the Federal Administrative Court. He is the hierarchical superior of the judges as well as the administrative staff of the Court with regard to personnel matters. In this function the Vice President acts as his deputy. The President also holds the positions of a judge. He presides over a senate, currently the 10th Senate. The President is treated as an equal among equals in his office as judge. He has no authority over the other judges. The tasks of the President also include maintaining contacts with other courts and judicial organisations in Germany and abroad.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert is the President of the Federal Administrative Court.

Born in 1955 in Berlin, he began his career as a judge at the Regional Court Offenburg in 1984. He became a judge in the administrative jurisdiction in autumn 1985 (Administrative Court Karlsruhe). In the following years he was seconded to the Federal Constitutional Court as research associate and to the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg as desk officer. Mr Rennert was appointed judge at the Higher Administrative Court of Baden-Württemberg in August 1994. From October 1996 until September 1997 he deputised for the Chair of Administrative Law and Administrative Sciences at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, where he received his doctorate of law in 1987. The University of Freiburg appointed him honorary professor in February 2000. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Martin Luther University of Halle in 2009.

Following his appointment as judge at the Federal Administrative Court in September 2003 Mr Klaus Rennert became a member of the 3rd Senate. In May 2011, he assumed the role of presiding judge of the 8th Senate. He was Vice President of the Federal Administrative Court from November 2012, and became President of the Federal Administrative Court on 1 July 2014. He presides over the 10th Senate. Its responsibilities include the law on freedom of information as well as the right to access information, to inspect records and to receive information under the law governing press, broadcasting, archives and media.

Vice President

Prof. Dr. Andreas Korbmacher is Vice President of the Federal Administrative Court and as such deputy to the President.

Born in 1960 in Freiburg he began his career as a judge at the Regional Court Berlin in 1988. In January 1990 he became a judge of the Administrative Court Berlin. In the same year he obtained a doctorate of law from the Free University of Berlin. In the following years he was seconded as research associate to the Constitutional Court of Berlin and to the Senate Department for Justice. In January 2003, he was appointed judge at the Higher Administrative Court Berlin (later on the Higher Administrative Court Berlin and Brandenburg). In May 2005, he assumed the role of presiding judge at the Higher Administrative Court. In 2007, the Technical University of Berlin appointed him honorary professor.

Following his appointment as judge at the Federal Administrative Court in November 2008 Mr Andreas Korbmacher became a member of the 9th Senate. Since May 2017, he is presiding judge of the 7th Senate. Its responsibilities include the law on environmental protection including immission control law, waste law, atomic energy law, mining law and waterways planning. On 22 May 2019 he became Vice president of the Federal Administrative Court. In addition he held the position of press spokesperson for more than three years.