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Dr. Katarina Barley

MdB (SPD), Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection

Born 19 November 1968 in Cologne; two children

1987 to 1998
A-levels and law studies in Cologne, Marburg and Paris; First and Second State Examinations in Law; Diplôme de Droit Français

Since 1994
Member of the SPD

1998 Doctoral degree in law (Dr. Jur.) in Münster Dissertation: Kommunalwahlrecht für Unionsbürger nach Einführung des Art. 28 Abs. 1 Satz 3 GG [The right to vote in local elections for EU citizens following the introduction of Article 28 para. 1, third sentence, of the Basic Law]

1998 to 1999
Attorney in Hamburg

1999 to 2008
Employee at the Reference and Research Service of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Parliament (periods of secondment to the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, as German representative at the Haus der Großregion in Luxembourg and as a judge at Trier Regional Court and at Wittlich Local Court)

2008 to 2013
Legal officer at the Rhineland-Palatinate State Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

Since 2013
Member of the German Bundestag

2013 to 2015
Legal advisor to the SPD Parliamentary Group

2015 to 2017
Secretary General of the SPD

2017 to 2018
Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

2017 to 2018
Acting Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

Since 2017
Member of the SPD Executive Committee

Since March 2018
Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection


  • Member of the ZDF Television Council
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Institute for European Politics (IEP)
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin
  • Member of the Europa-Union Deutschland (EUD)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Trier University of Applied Sciences
  • Member of the “Förderkreis der Hochschule Trier” [Association for the Promotion of Trier University of Applied Sciences]
  • Member of the National Society for Worker Welfare (AWO)
  • Member of the German Red Cross
  • Member of the “Freundeskreis Herbert-Wehner-Bildungswerk e.V.” [Friends of the Herbert Wehner Educational Organisation]
  • Member of the Marie Schlei Association
  • Member of the German Women Lawyers’ Association
  • Member of the Trier Zonta Club
  • Member of ver.di, the United Services Trade Union

Photo: Thomas Köhler / photothek