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Henrike Claussen, Direktorin, und Dr. Stephan N. Barthelmess, Stellvertretender Direktor der Stiftung Forum Recht
The directorate of Law Forum Foundation: Henrike Claussen and Dr. Stephan N. Barthelmess (Copyright: Paul Gärtner)

Henrike Claussen


Henrike Claussen is a historian specialising in legal history and German history of the 20th century. As of 15 September 2020, she is the director of the Law Forum Foundation. Previously, she directed the Memorium Nuremberg Trials in Nuremberg. Since 2007 she had been involved in its establishment and development in various capacities.  

After studying Medieval and Modern History, Art History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Cologne, Claussen worked, among others, at the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Nuremberg, at the White Rose Foundation (membership association) in Munich and as a freelancer. She has many years of experience as a curator as well as in the content-related strategic orientation of museum-based institutions of historical and civic education. Her work emphasizes the conceptual development of educational strategies in civic education with a special focus on law and legal history.  


Henrike Claussen, die Direktorin der Stiftung Forum Recht
Foto: Paul Gärtner

Dr. Stephan N. Barthelmess

Deputy director
Dr. Stephan N. Barthelmess, Stellvertretender Direktor der Stiftung Forum Recht
Foto: Paul Gärtner

Stephan Nikolaus Barthelmess is an internationally experienced cultural manager with a focus on the corporate management and governance of festivals, cultural institutions and museum buildings.  

After studying in the master class of cellist Csaba Onczay at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, he studied art history, classical archaeology and philosophy in Munich and Paris. His final theses dealt with the concept of postmodernism and the architecture of museum buildings. In his doctoral thesis he focused on the theme of the urbanisation of architecture using the example of the museum’s task to build. He conducted his research as a doctoral fellow at the J. Paul Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and received scholarships by the French government.  

Study visits in Philadelphia and at the Sankt Gallen Management Centre accompanied his training as a cultural manager. After holding senior management positions at the Festival Pablo Casals Prades, the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Kulturkreis Höxter-Corvey, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Haus der Kunst in Munich, he was Commercial Director of the Kunsthalle Mannheim before joining Law Forum Foundation.