The Hague, 29 September 2011
During the plenary meeting of the College of Eurojust of 14 July 2011, Mr Klaus Rackwitz was selected and appointed as the new Administrative Director of Eurojust. He will take up his duties on 01 October 2011.
Mr Rackwitz was born in Germany in 1960. He studied law at the University of Cologne, and upon graduation was appointed as a judge.
For many years, he headed the division for information technology and reorganisation in the Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia, with responsibility for large-scale reorganisation projects in the judiciary of his state.
Mr Rackwitz’s experience in the above fields led to his engagement in the Advance Team of the ICC. Since January 2003, he was a staff member of the Office of the Prosecutor and contributed to building up the office from scratch and developing it into a worldwide operating Prosecution Office, currently with more than 300 staff members.
As the Senior Administrative Manager of the Prosecution Office of the ICC, he was responsible for the budget, the reporting and all financial transactions of the Prosecution Office, general administration, Human Resources administration, IT, language services and the management of all information and evidence received by the Prosecutor.
He worked in the field of IT law and has lectured for several years on civil law, commercial law and IT law at the Universities of Cologne and Düsseldorf and the Technical Academy of Wuppertal.
Following his appointment, Mr Rackwitz commented: “I am honoured to become part of such an important institution in the European Union. I will offer all my professional experience as a judge and a manager in prosecution offices. Eurojust is increasingly needed on the European scene and has become a successful player in the “European area of Freedom, Security and Justice”. With its 27 National Members representing the judicial authorities of the Member States, it is also a unique organisation in the judicial world. It will be a very interesting challenge to be part of its further development.”
Mr Klaus Rackwitz
(photo in hi-res available from Eurojust)
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