Dr. Rainer Hornung-Jost entered the judiciary of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany) in 2001. He completed legal studies in Passau, Toulouse (France), and Freiburg from 1990 to 1995, and wrote his doctoral thesis from 1995 to 1997. He then served an internship in Baden-Baden District Court from 1997 to 1999.
From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Hornung-Jost worked as a Prosecutor for the Road Traffic and Economic Crime Units of Freiburg Prosecution Office, as a civil and criminal Judge in Titisee-Neustadt Local Court, and as a criminal and sentence execution Judge in Freiburg District Court. From 2004 to 2008, he had a secondment to the Department for Legal Education and Training of Baden-Wurttemberg State Ministry of Justice. After another 9-month secondment to Karlsruhe Prosecutor General’s Office, he became Deputy Chief of the Economic Crime Unit of Freiburg Prosecution Office in 2009. From mid-2011 to mid-2015, he served as Director of the German Judicial Academy - in charge of nationwide continuous training on legal knowledge, skills, attitudes, and social context for acting judges and prosecutors (leaders included).
Since June 2015, Dr. Hornung-Jost has been serving as Deputy Chief Prosecutor in Lörrach Prosecution Office. He has been a member of the Board of Executives of the International Organization for Judicial Training IOJT (since 2013), as well as of the Counter-Terrorism Working Group of the European Judicial Training Network EJTN (since 2016). On behalf of the latter, he has organized general and specialized CT trainings for judges and prosecutors from all 28 EU member States in Madrid, Trier (Germany) and Brussels. Before this function, he was a member of EJTN’s Working Group “Judicial Training Methods”, and he takes a particular interest in the short-term and long-term evaluation of the success of judicial training.
He is also the anti-corruption contact point of Lörrach Prosecution Office, and he is one of Germany’s experts in Council of Europe’s GRECO’s Fourth Evaluation Round on “Corruption prevention in respect of members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors” (with evaluation visits to Estonia, the United States of America and Ukraine).