Professor Gornig, born in 1950 in Deggendorf, studied law and politics in Regensburg and Wuerzburg. He made his civil servant placement in the district of the Regional High Court of Nürnberg and after passing the second State exam, made his Ph. D. (as doctor iuris utriusque) in 1984 in Würzburg under the conduct of Professor Dieter Blumenwitz. In 1986, he passed the so called “habilitation” in the topics of public law, public international law and foreign public law. After working as a substitute for several professors in Mainz, Bayreuth and Goettingen, he became Professor at the Georg August University in Goettingen where he was promoted director of the Public International Law Institute and dean in 1994/1995. Since April 1995, he is a teaching professor at the Institute for Public Law, Public International Law and Foreign Public Law of the Law Faculty of the Philipps University in Marburg where he conducts the Institute for Public Law. Professor Gornig was a judge at the regional public court of Hessen in Kassel until the year 2004, he is the spokesman of the Institute of Research for Financial Provision Law of the Philipps University in Marburg, the spokesman of the Institute of Research for the Middle Classes Enterprises and the spokesman of the Interdisciplinary Working Group Europe of the Philipps University in Marburg. Since October 2006 Professor Gornig is dean of the Law Faculty of the Philipps University in Marburg. On March 13th of 2003 he was dignified with the degree of a honorary doctor (doctor honoris causa) by the faculty of law of the University of Pecs (Hungary), on March 20th of 2009 with the degree of a honorary doctor by the Faculty of Law of the Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu (Roumania) and on December 10th of 2009 with the degree of a honorary doctor by the Universidad Autonoma de Chile, whose founding member he is. Professor Gornig is founder and president of the Marburger Juristische Gesellschaft. Since September 1st of 2009 he is president of the Danziger Naturforschenden Gesellschaft.
Professor Gornig is a regular visiting professor at the Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu (Romania), the University of Harbin (China), the University of Wuhan (China) and the Nanjing University of Finance & Economics (China).
Professor Gornig lectures on constitutional law, administrative law, public international law, European Community law and general politics.
Professor Gornig has published over 200 articles and books on the topics of constitutional law, administrative law, public international law and European Community law in ten languages. He conducts most of his scientific researches in public international law. He holds many conferences each year.
Professor Gornig is married with the pharmacist Doris Gornig and has two children, Christopher (born in 1987) and Carolin (born in 1990).