Prof. Dr. Jörg Reinbothe


Former Head of Unit "Free Movement of Capital" in the Directorate General Internal Market and Services of the European Commission, Brussels

Jörg Reinbothe obtained his legal training at the Universities of Freiburg and Munich (Germany), Lausanne (Switzerland) and Ann Arbor (Michigan, USA). He holds the degrees of Dr.iur. (Ph.D.) from the University of Munich and of M.C.L. (Master of Comparative Law) from the University of Michigan. Since 2002, he holds an honorary Professorship ("Honorarprofessor") of the University of Saarbrücken (Germany). In 2003, he was awarded the title of "Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Minister of Culture.

From 1978 to 1983, Jörg Reinbothe served as an official in the German Federal Ministry of Justice in Bonn (Germany). His responsibilities included the areas of copyright and industrial property and of unfair competition. From 1983 to 1986, he was spokesman of the Ministry of Justice and deputy head of its Public Relations Unit. From 1986 to 1988 he was Counsellor in the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany at the United Nations in New York (USA).

In 1988, he joined the European Commission in Brussels. As a member of the delegation of the EC for the negotiations of the TRIPs Agreement during the GATT/Uruguay Round he was responsible for the entire substance of the Agreement. From 1996 to 2004 he was Head of the Copyright Unit in DG Internal Market and inter alia responsible for the Directive 2001/29/EC on Copyright in the Information Society and the "Enforcement" Directive 2004/48/EC. He was Head of the EC Delegations at the WIPO Diplomatic Conferences of 1996 (adoption of the WIPO "Internet Treaties" WCT and WPPT) and 2000.

From 2004 to 2009, Jörg Reinbothe was Head of the Unit Postal Services and Logistic Markets in DG Internal Market and Services. He was responsible for structuring and implementing the EU Postal Reform and EU postal services policy, and notably the third Postal Directive (Directive 2008/6/EC) as the last step in EU postal liberalisation.

From 2009 until 2014, he was Head of the Unit Free Movement of Capital and Financial Integration in DG Internal Market and Services. This Unit is responsible for the implementation of Articles 63 et seq. of the TFEU (the fourth freedom of the Internal Market), including infringement procedures, monitoring of investment flows, as well as international relations with third countries and multilateral organisations, such as the IMF or OECD.