Dr Wolfgang Röhr, Ambassador (Ret.), Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai, will give a public talk on the campus on the evening of 19 November.
About the talk
Dr Wolfgang Röhr will shed some light on the complex and intricate relationship between Europe and China, as well as the implications for businesses. On the background of his experience in Asian and European affairs in the German Foreign Ministry and German missions in China, he will discuss European strategies and goals - and expectations - for the future. He will conclude with an outlook for a relationship hopefully characterised by more understanding and less friction - both in trade and economics as well in political issues.
Dr Wolfgang Röhr was Consul General in Shanghai from 2002 to 2007, and now, he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Sustainable Humanities and Social Science of Tongji University, Shanghai. He read law in Hamburg, Tübingen and Geneva from 1968 to 1974 and passed the First and Second Legal State Exams in 1974 and 1976. Between 1974 and 1977 he was Assistant at the Seminar for Insurance Law at Hamburg University as well as Assistant Judge at the Hamburg Appellate Court and the German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce at Rio de Janeiro. In 1980 he earned a PhD in Law from Hamburg University. From 1980 to 1983 he represented the Federal Republic of Germany in the Committee on Disarmament at Geneva, the UN Disarmament Conference and the First Committee of the UN General Assembly at New York. From 1983 to 1986 he was a member of the NATO desk at Bonn. From 1991 to 1996, he was deputy head of the divisions for the implementation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and on the law of the European Communities in Bonn. From 1999 to 2002 he headed the East Asia Division at Bonn and Berlin with responsibility for China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia. From 2002 to 2007 he was Consul General in Shanghai. In 2010 he returned to Shanghai as Consul General. He retired from the Foreign Service in 2014 to become Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Sustainable Humanities and Social Science of Tongji University, Shanghai.