Doctor of Laws, University Cologne, Germany, 1968. Habilitation, University Cologne, Germany, 1976.
Lecturer, professor University Cologna, 1977. Professor public, adminstrative and media law University Passau, Germany, since 1978, dean faculty of law Germany, 1998—2000. Guest professor media law Europa Institute, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany, since 1997.
Member of German Constitutional Law Educators' Society, German Study Group for the Law of the Press and Freedom of the Press (board member).
Married Irmtrud Helfrich, January 3, 1985.