Legal Affairs

  Legal books on a table © Martin Braun  

Our Responsibilities

With the University's continued internationalization and growth, the laws and ordinances that have to be considered increase at the same rate. Not only the regulations are getting stricter, but also the prosecution of infractions is handled more rigorously. Furthermore, the freedoms offered to NRW universities by the Higher Education Autonomy Act allow RWTH Aachen to sharpen its profile and position itself favorably in the competitive global marketplace. The subsequent increase in legal complexity, however, demands ever higher levels of legal expertise in order to  optimally support the activities in research and teaching. 


This is where the Department of Legal Affairs comes in. In our role as interface department within the Central University Administration we are a service provider and point of contact for all the diverse university departments and institutions. In close cooperation with the other departments and administrative divisions we also deal with cross-disciplinary questions competently and relieably.

When drafting contracts we are able to gain the best possible negotiation outcomes for the University and also avoid potential future conflicts right from the start. This is particularly true for our collaborations with other universities or businesses, which are more and more becoming the focus of attention. Should there happen to be conflict or questions of liability after all, we will dismiss false claims and, if necessary, press charges on behalf of the University in return.


AGG Complaints Office and Whistleblower Office

The Department of Legal Affairs is also the point of contact for grievances, in particular grievances pertaining to matters of discrimination according to the General Equal Treatment Act, or AGG. In addition, confidential tips under the Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 23, 2019, on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law (Whistleblowing Directive) can be given here. These tips can be given by phone, email, or in writing.


Our Specializations

  1. International Trade Law
  2. RWTH Aachen Interests and Memberships
  3. Compliance
  4. Proprietary Law
  5. Intellectual Property/Technology Transfer, IT law
  6. Procurement Law
  7. Insurance Law
  8. Contracts/Waivers, Indemnification and Releases relating to natural persons or organizations

RWTH Aachen promotes a culture of paying attention, which is based on treating one another with respect and esteem. If, at any time, it should come to problems after all, these matters need to be able to be addressed openly. The Department of Legal Affairs, therefore, is also the point of contact for general grievances and, in addition, it is the complaints office in accordance with the guidelines against discrimination according to the General Equal Treatment Act, or AGG. We offer fast and no-fuss support to students or staff, who find themselves threatened.

We also well-versed in the field of public safety.


Our Counselling Services

Specialized skills are absolutely essential in order to be able to counsel clients quickly and competently. Our staff is therefore seeking out continuing education offers on a regular basis. Our in-house lawyers are especially skilled in planning and building law, trade and company law, copyright and media law, as well as procurement law.

We'll guarantee you competent advice in a trustful environment when you seek us out. Please feel free to contact us with whatever problems or questions you may have.



Name Contact
Dezernent, Verwaltungsdirektor, Geheimschutzbeauftragter
Tobias Römgens
Phone: +49 241 80-99214

Geschäftsfüher der RWTH Innovation GmbH
E-Mail RWTH Innovation GmbH
komm. stv. Dezernentin, Verwaltungsrätin
Katharina Kesseler-Vitt
Phone: +49 241 80-94017

Beauftragte für Web + Campus, Sicherheitsbeauftragte
Gabriela Thiel-Großmann
Phone: +49 241 80-94033

Sonja PoquéPhone: +49 241 80-92713

Rechtsanwältin (Syndikusrechtsanwältin)
Dr. Stephanie Brezing
Phone: +49 241 80-94018

Rechtsanwältin (Syndikusrechtsanwältin)
Gina Christoph
Phone: +49 241 80-92710

Justiziar, Verwaltungsrat
Stephan Dahm
Phone: +49 241 80-94015

Verwaltungsrätin, kommiss. stv. Dezernentin
Katharina Kesseler-Vitt
Phone: +49 241 80-94017

Rechtsanwältin (Syndikusrechtsanwältin)
Eva Kremer
Phone: +49 241 80-95269

Rechtsanwältin (Syndikusrechtsanwältin)
Dr. Julia Oidtmann
Phone: +49 241 80-92708

Nadine Rüttgers
Phone: +49 241 80-94094

Rechtsanwältin (Syndikusrechtsanwältin)
Ewa Seuffert
Phone: +49 241 80-94113

Sachgebiet Zoll & Außenwirtschaftsrecht
Zollabfertigung / Import / Export / Exportkontrolle / Werkverträge / Versicherungsschäden
Sabrina Hubl-PenningsPhone: +49 241 80-92715

Michael SchopfPhone: +49 241 80-92716

Manuel KieferPhone: +49 241 80-92717

Maya DzhenkovaPhone: +49 241 80-92718

Christian BittinsPhone: +49 241 80-92719

Christian LehmannPhone: +49 241 80-92729

E-Mail Zollangelegenheiten
E-Mail Exportkontrolle
E-Mail Werkverträge
Referendare / Praktikanten
Rechtsreferendar Dezernat 9.0
Praktikantin Dezernat 9.0

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