Prof. Dr. Ulrich Karpen was born in Danzig in 1938. After finishing school in Kiel/Northern Germany and doing his military service, he studied law and political sciences in Cologne. There he received his doctorate in Law in 1968. In 1973 he was granted a Fullbright-Hays-scholarship and continued studies in Berkeley/Cal. From 1975-1977, Prof. Dr. Karpen worked as member of the Board of Management at Fritz Thyssen Foundation, which aims to provide direct support for science and research at universities in Germany.
In the following years, Prof. Dr. Karpen built up his academic career. In addition to his teaching activities at German universities, he held positions as visiting lecturer in Sydney, Southampton, Santiago de Chile, Beijing, Nanjing, Kolkata and Kabul. From 1991-2001 he was a deputee to the parliament of the German City-State of Hamburg, chairing the committees of Justice as well as Science and Research. Dr. Karpen is now Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Hamburg and also Professor at the International School of Service Management (ISS), Hamburg as well as Professor at the China-EU School of Law (CESL), Beijing/Hamburg. Prof. Dr. Karpen specializes in Comparative Law, Parliamentary Law and Law of Higher Education. Moreover, he has specific and extended experience in transition/developing countries. He is active as consultant of governments and parliaments, namely on constitutional issues.