Dr Hannes Hartung TEP

Lawyer (RAK Munich) in Germany & Austria
Founder & Managing Partner

"Fortiter in re,
suaviter in modo."

At a glance

Dr Hannes Hartung TEP
Lawyer, Managing Partner
Founder of the firm


Germany, admitted to the bar in 2002
Austria, since 2021


  • Lawyer for over 20 years in Germany, further approval in Austria
  • English Law Expert, currently training to become a Master of English Law and Legal Practice with
    English lawyers at the renowned BPP University in London.
  • Accredited Arbitrator and Mediator in the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) in The Hague / Den Haag
  • Specialist lawyer courses in inheritance law, tax law and copyright and media law
  • Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP)
  • Audited Executor of the will (AGT)
  • ICOM-WIPO Mediator
  • Specialist for Art, Culture & Media | Wealth Succession & Taxes (private clients)
  • Since 2006 regularly Lecturer at the LMU Munich, the Open University in Hagen and the Karl Franzens University in Graz
  • Numerous Publications at CH Beck & de Gruyter and commentaries at DIE WELT and Handelsblatt

Main focus

  • Art law and art market, culture
  • Copyright and Media Law (Specialist Lawyer Course)
  • Tax Law (Specialist Lawyer Course)
  • Foundation law and non-profit law
  • Private clients and trusts
  • Inheritance Law (Specialist Lawyer Course)
  • Monument protection


  • Born 1973 in Ulm
  • Married, one son
  • Enthusiastic singer, classical vocal training, enjoys hiking and skiing in the mountains, travelling near and far, passionate connoisseur of art & culture of all kinds.
  • Cosmopolitan hobby politician and friend of good wines
  • Member of Rotary International since 2010 (RC Munich-Martinsried)
  • Founding member of the Kunstsammlerverein in Germany

Legal focus

In detail

Dr. Hannes Hartung was admitted to the Stuttgart bar in 2002 and received his doctorate in 2004 from the University of Zurich on the subject of "Art Theft in War and Persecution". His dissertation has been academically reviewed several times (also abroad) and was awarded the Carl Sonnenschein Prize in 2007.

Dr Hartung has published several publications and reviews, particularly on art law, in English and German in leading legal journals (including NJW). Most recently, he was responsible for the chapter on art law with sample forms in the renowned Munich Contract Manual Volume 3, Commercial Law II.

Since 2006, Dr. Hartung has regularly taught international art and cultural law for the cultural industry at the Department of Art Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich. Since 2010, Dr Hartung has been a university lecturer at the Karl Franzens University in Graz, and since 2014 at the Faculty of Law of the University of Graz. Open University in Hagen appointed as lecturer with examiner appointment - e.g. for Bachelor's theses.

Dr Hartung has the theoretical knowledge of the specialist lawyer courses for inheritance law, for tax law and for copyright and media law. In 2011 he was certified as a mediator for Art and Cultural Heritage included in the international list of ICOM (International Confederation of Museums) and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).

In spring 2008, he became a partner in the Munich tax firm Badache Weindl & Partner and joined the national law firm Weitnauer as a partner in autumn 2009.

In autumn 2011, he founded THEMIS, first as a German, then as a European legal cooperation. Since 2017, THEMIS has been operating as a partnership: THEMIS Hartung & Partner.

Current portraits about Dr Hannes Hartung are available from the dpa (published in the Abendzeitung and DER WESTEN, among others) and in the Berlin Newspaper.

Dr Hartung is a frequently asked expert on television and radio (ARD Morgenmagazin, Menschen der Woche, BR, SWR etc.). The South German Newspaper writes on 29 December 2015 about lawyer Dr Hannes Hartung:

Hannes Hartung, on the other hand, is a lawyer whose name is otherwise associated with far more spectacular cases than that of ...: The Munich expert on Nazi looted art was the first lawyer to legally represent Cornelius Gurlitt, and he is currently representing a group of Nazi victims who would like to achieve the laying of commemorative Stolpersteine in the Bavarian capital. And just before Christmas, Hartung made a name for himself in connection with the return of a bust of Diana to the Republic of Poland. The marble bust from the Lazienki Palace, an object of looted art that had been sought after since the 1950s, had turned up on the Viennese art market a few weeks ago from private ownership.

The book "Kunstraub in Krieg und Verfolgung" (Art theft in war and persecution) and book contributions by Dr. Hannes Hartung are available, among others, from Available on Amazon (link to author page).

Dr Hartung is a member of the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, a founding member and advisory board of the Kunstsammler e.V. and with Rotary International.

He is also a member of Munich Bar Association and Federation of Catholic Lawyers

From 2020:German Institution of Arbitration e.V., DIS

German Association for Inheritance Law and Property Succession, DVEV (erbrecht.de)