Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schlothauer Rechtsanwalt (Attorney at law) , Fachanwalt für Strafrecht (Specialist lawyer for criminal law)

In forty years of practice as an active criminal defence lawyer, it has been revealed that an argumentative approach is best suited to observe the interests of the defended clients in the most effective manner. Only if it is possible to convince the public prosecution or the court of the correctness of the legal position in favour of the client, only when it is possible to convince the public prosecution or the court of the necessity of elucidating all facts speaking in favour of the client, then the optimal defence result can be attained for the client. However, if there is no willingness to take note of the arguments of the defence, if there is no willingness to reconsider a preconceived opinion, if there is no willingness to respect the rights of the defendant, his interests must, where necessary, also be defended in a confrontational manner, with the help of the statutory provisions that are provided for his protection.

Activity Emphasis

  • Criminal law for the medical profession
  • property offences and offences against property
  • corruption offences
  • right of review (appeal)
  • maritime accidents and industrial accidents
  • commercial criminal law

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1948 Born in Eschwege on the Werra
  • 1966 High School Diploma in Olean, N.Y., USA
  • 1967 Academic high school diploma in Eschwege. Thereafter, law studies at the Philipps University in Marburg and the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn
  • 1972 First state examination in Cologne. Thereafter, scientific assistant at the Institute for International Law at the University of Bonn (Prof Dr Dr h.c. Christian Tomuschat)
  • 1976 Obtained doctorate “Dr jur” from Prof Dr Ulrich K. Preuß on the topic of “Neuere Ansätze zur Methodik der Verfassungsinterpretation” (Newer Approaches on the Methodology of Constitution Interpretations)
  • 1976 Second state examination in Hamburg
  • 1976 – 1985 Member of the legal staff at the defence lawyer Heinrich Hannover, Bremen
  • since 1981 Member of editorial staff of the monthly magazine STRAFVERTEIDIGER
  • since 1986 Lawyers Joester & Partner
  • since 1994 Honorary professor at the University of Bremen for criminal procedure law and criminal law
  • since 1997 Specialist lawyer for criminal law
  • 2004-2015 Member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Federal Council of Lawyers

Academic focus


  • 1979 “Zur Krise der Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit” (On the Crisis of the Constitutional Jurisdiction)
  • 1984 ff. “Die Rechtsprechung zum Strafverfahrensrecht” (The Jurisprudence on Criminal Procedure Law) (co-publisher and collaborator)
  • 1988 “Vorbereitung der Hauptverhandlung durch den Verteidiger” (Preparation of the Main Trial by Council for the Defence) ,
    2nd edition 1998
  • 1992 “Untersuchungshaft” (Investigative Custody) (co-author Weider),
    2nd edition1996, 3rd edition 2001, 4th edition 2010
  • 1993 “Kommentar zur Strafprozessordnung/Reihe Alternativkommentare” (Commentary on Code of Criminal Conduct / Alternative Commentaries Series)
  • 2008 “Verteidigung im Revisionsverfahren“ (Defence in Appeal Proceedings) (co-author Weider),
    2nd edition 2013
  • 2010 “Gesetz zur Verständigung im Strafverfahren” (Law on Understanding in Criminal Proceedings) (co-authors Niemöller, Weider)
  • 2014 Co-publisher and co-author of the Munich Lawyer’s Manual Criminal Defence, 2nd edition

Numerous contributions in the field of criminal procedural law and criminal law in compilations and magazines

Teaching Activities

  • Lectures at the University of Bremen on criminal proceedings and criminal law
  • Lecturer at the German Lawyers Academy
  • Regular speaker for further training of lawyers, public prosecutors and criminal judges

Publicly known cases

  • Bremer Vulkan procedure
  • Cologne Litter procedure (appeal)
  • Collision England ferry “Hamburg” with the Containership “Nordic Stream” procedure
  • Mannesmann procedure
  • “Murder on the Apollonia” procedure
  • “Holdup murder Stradivari violin” procedure
  • “Accident on the Transrapid testing plant” procedure



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