I was born on April 11th, 1955, in Helmstedt as the son of the Secondary School teachers Lieselotte und Karl-Heinz Kamphenkel. At the age of 14 I was confirmed in the Lutheran faith. I graduated from Secondary School on May 5th, 1973.
After my military service I studied at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen and took my first law examination on April 2nd, 1981. I prepared for taking my second law examination in the district of the Oberlandesgericht Braunschweig. This included working with the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Dublin for three months. The second law examination took place on March 29th, 1984.
After the first as well as after the second law examination I worked at the Institute for Labour Law of Göttingen University under Prof. Dr. Dr. Franz Gamillscheg and started my doctoral thesis on “Plant Closures and similar entrepreneurial Decisions in American Labor Law”. For six months I also researched for this thesis at the Law School of the University of California in Los Angeles.
Since September 1985 I worked as an employed solicitor in law firms at Brunswick and Hanover. On January 1st, 1999, I established my own firm in Brunswick. I am entitled to appear in front of any German Amtsgericht, Landgericht and Oberlandesgericht.
My special interests are literature, history, and archaeology. I also enjoy travelling not only to European countries but also to Morocco, Egypt, North America, China, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and often to Eurasian Turkey. Having joined the Green Party I am mainly concerned with the integration of immigrants into our society and Turkey's chance to become a member state of the European Union.