More autonomy for universities? Symposium on the amendment of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act

The Brandenburg Higher Education Act is currently being amended. The legislature intends to update and further develop the current law in many areas - oriented towards the challenges of a successful science location.

However, it is highly questionable whether this is also associated with a strengthening of "higher education autonomy" as opposed to an expansion of higher education's rights of participation and individual responsibility.


10:00 - 10:30Welcome Addresses Prof. Dr. p.h. habil. Gesine Grande, Alfred Funk, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lothar Knopp
10:30 - 11:00The effects of more university autonomy on the freedom and responsibility of the universitiesProf. Dr. Winfried Kluth
11:00 - 11:15Discussion
11:15 - 11:45"Potential" focal points of the Brandenburg amendment to the Higher Education Act (status: 09.12.2022/referent's draft)Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lothar Knopp
11:45 - 12:00Discussion
12:00 - 12:30Good work in science - discussion, dialogues and developments in the state and federal governmentDr. Jan Hauke Plaßmann
12:30 - 12:45Discussion
12:45 - 14:00Lunch break (at free disposal)
14:00 - 14:30Qualification decisions for professorships - protection of fundamental rightsProf. Dr. Klaus Herrmann
14:30 - 14:45Discussion
14:45 - 15:00Coffee break
15:00 - 16:30Panel Discussion Alfred Funk (Chair/Moderator) Prof. Dr. Jan Hoffmann, LL.M. Eur. Prof. Dr. Klaus Herrmann Prof. Dr. Winfried Kluth Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lothar Knopp Dr. Jan Hauke Plaßmann
approx. 16:30Summary and closing remarks


Prof. Dr. Klaus HerrmannLawyer and specialist in administrative law, DOMBERT Rechtsanwälte, Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Jan Hoffmann, LL.M. Eur.Adjunct Professor for Public Law as well as European Law and International Law, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Prof. Dr. Winfried KluthChair of Public Law at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and former judge at the Constitutional Court of Saxony-Anhalt

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lothar KnoppExecutive Director of the Center for Law and Administrative Sciences and Chair of Constitutional, Administrative and Environmental Law at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Dr. Jan Hauke PlaßmannMinistry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg, Head of Department 23 (m.d.w.d.G.b.)


Prof. Dr. p.h. habil. Gesine GrandePresident of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Alfred FunkChancellor of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

REGISTRATION Participation is free of charge. Registrations until 03.02.2023.

Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst
Am Amtsteich 15
03046 Cottbus

Alternatively, online participation is also possible. You will receive the access link after your registration.


Claudia Lorenz
Zentrum für Rechts- und Verwaltungswissenschaften (ZfRV)
T +49 (0) 355 69-2079

Gudrun Schade
Zentrum für Rechts- und Verwaltungswissenschaften (ZfRV)
T +49 (0) 355 69-2116