Prof Dr h.c. Rudolf Mellinghoff has been President of the Federal Supreme Finance Court of Germany since 1 November 2011. He started his judicial career in 1987 as a judge on the Finance Court of Düsseldorf (North Rhine-Westphalia) and served from 1992 to 1996 as a judge on the Finance Court of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. In 1997, he was appointed a judge on the Federal Supreme Finance Court of Germany and, from 2001 to 2011, he was a justice on the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. Prof Mellinghoff is currently Vice-President of the German Tax Jurist Society, Vice-President of the German Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and a member of the Judicial Integrity Group (JIG). Prof Mellinghoff is also a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA).