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Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schön

Vice President of the DFG since 2014

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schön

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schön

Born 24 July 1961 in Bonn

Wolfgang Schön is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Munich.


1979 – 1984Studies in Law and Economics, University of Bonn
1985Doctor Juris, University of Bonn
1985 – 1988Practical Training in Law, Bonn / Speyer / Munich / London
1988 – 1992Assistant Professor, Institute for Tax Law, University of Bonn
1992Habilitation in Civil, Commercial, Business and Tax Law
1992 – 1996Full Professor, University of Bielefeld
1996 – 2002Full Professor, University of Bonn
Since 2002Director, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance
(until 2010: MPI for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law)
Since 2002Honorary Professor for Civil Law, Business Law and Tax Law, University of Munich
2009 und 2011Visiting Professor, New York University Law School
2014Visiting Professor, Columbia University, New York

Professional Affiliations (Selection)

1998 – 2010Member of the Board, German Lawyers‘ Assocation
2001 – 2010Chair, Law Professors‘ Working Group on Accounting Law
2003 – 2006Member, Scientific Advisory Board to the German Ministry of Finance
Since 2003Member, Board of Trustees, International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, Amsterdam
2003 – 2010Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, German Tax Law Association
2006 –Member of the Research Board, University of Munich
2008 – 2014Vice-Chair, Permanent Scientific Committee, International Fiscal Association
2008 – 2014Vice President, Member of the Executive Board and of the Senate,
Max Planck Society
Since 2009Member, Board of Trustees, ifo Institute for Economic Research, Munich
Since 2013Member, Board of Trustees, Friends of the Bavarian State Library, Munich
Since 2014Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Leibniz Science Campus MaTax, Mannheim

Scholarships and Awards

1980 – 1984Scholarship, German Merit Foundation
2003Member, Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
2004Member, Academia Europaea
2004 – 2005Anton Philips Professor, University of Tilburg, Netherlands
Since 2006International Research Fellow, Oxford University Centre of Business Taxation
2009Doctor Honoris Causae, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
Since 2009Member, Global Law Faculty, New York University