The Rhodes community was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Professor Dr Hannes Unberath (Germany & Worcester 1997) on 28 January, after losing his battle with cancer at a tragically young age. Professor Dr Unberath had served as the National Secretary to the Rhodes Trust for Germany since 1 January 2011. Following the wishes of his close family, this sorrowful announcement is made after his funeral, which took place on 5 February.
Professor Dr Unberath was born in Brasov, Transylvania, and he came with his parents to Germany shortly before the Romanian revolution of 1989. He studied law at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen/Franconia, before reading for the MJur and then the DPhil in Law as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, during which time he won several academic prizes.
Following his studies, Professor Dr Unberath became a research assistant at the Institute of International Law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich before becoming a Visiting Fellow at University College, London. After this, he became Professor of Civil Law at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and since September 2009, he was Professor of Civil Law and Civil Procedure Law at the University of Bayreuth. Professor Dr Unberath authored over fifty publications, including three books, mainly in the area of legal philosophy, transnational civil procedure and comparative law. He was married with three children.
The Acting Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, Dr Andrew Graham, commented: 'Hannes was a committed National Secretary whose contribution to the work of the Trust was profound. He showed great enthusiasm and dedication. He will be very sadly missed, and our thoughts are with Barbara, his children, and his family and friends. The flag at Rhodes House is flying at half mast.'