Dr.iur. Thomas Trenczek is an accredited business mediator, senior mediation trainer, owner and program director of the SIMK as well as Professor of Law at the Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences in Jena, Germany, where he teaches Public, Criminal and Juvenile Law as well as (business) mediation and conflict management. He holds both German Law degrees, a Ph.D. in law (Dr. iur.: summa cum laude) as well as a M.A. in Social Sciences of the University in Tübingen. He has worked as a criminologist at the Institute for Criminology of the Tübingen University as well as the Criminological Research Center of Lower-Saxony in Hanover. In 1987/88 he spent a year of research at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (USA), where he also completed his initial mediation training. Prof. Trenczek has worked as a law clerk and in the state attorney´s office, in a law firm as well as in governmental bodies. From 1988-1991 he was secretary general of the German Association of Juvenile Courts and Court Services.
In 2001/2002 he was a visiting scholar at the TC Beirne School of Law and in 2006 at the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS), both at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. From September 2011 until February 2012 Prof. Trenczek worked as a visiting scholar at Griffith University Law School in Brisbane and at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. Prof. Trenczek is an accredited mediator within the Australian National Mediator Standard (NMAS), registered at Queensland Supreme Court and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Justice (“eingetragener Mediator”), and an acknowledged senior mediation trainer (BMWA) amongst others in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, the Czech Republik and the Netherlands. He is also co-founder and president of the (non-profit) WAAGE Dispute Resolution Center in Hanover and former president of Konsens, the mediation body in the State of Lower Saxony.