Prof. Dr Herbert Willems

Prof. Dr Herbert Willems

Prof. Dr Herbert Willems


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Vorsitzender Richter am Oberverwaltungsgericht a. D.
Industries Real Estate & Infrastructure

Areas of practice

At Luther, Prof. Dr Herbert Willems is responsible for public law issues. The range of his advisory services is determined above all by the areas in which he has an academic interest and which he dealt with as a judge at the Higher Administrative Court of Münster over a period of more than 30 years. This includes, inter alia, municipal law, university law, the law governing other public-law corporations, notably the associations, the professional law of the liberal professions, in particular, physicians, dentists, veterinaries, chemists and psychotherapists, procedural law, the legal relations of the German civil service, and constitutional law, including electoral law and state organisation law.


Prof. Dr Willems studied history and law. After serving as a judge at the Administrative Court of Gelsenkirchen (Germany), he worked at the Higher Administrative Court of Münster (Germany) from 1985 to 2017, from 1994 on as presiding judge in various senates of appeal. Over a period of about 20 years, he additionally held further offices as a judge, including presiding the regional professional courts for architects, urban planners and engineers of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and presiding a senate of the regional professional court for healthcare professions and acting as the deputy presiding judge of the civil service court for judges at the Higher Regional Court of Hamm (Germany).

In 2010, he was appointed Honorary Professor by the University of Münster. In addition to lecturing at the University of Münster, most recently on “Administrative procedural law for advanced students”, he gives “Professional jurisdiction” courses at the Dresden International University as part of the masters programme and also as part of a training course in medical law for lawyers wishing to become certified specialists in this field. He lectures on municipal law and civil service law issues in continued education programmes for lawyers at the Hamm Bar Association. As chairman of a board of examiners responsible for the second state law exam at the Ministry of Justice of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, he also deals with the next generation of lawyers.

Prof. Dr Herbert Willems joined Luther on February 2018 and works at the Essen office.

Honors and distinctions
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2019: Listed in "Public Law - Environmental and Planning Law"