Dr. Birgit Laubach, born in Wiesbaden (Hessen), studied law, psychology and philosophy at the universities of Mainz, Geneva and Heidelberg. In 1972 and 1975 she took her law exams at Heidelberg university. Since 1972 lecturer at Frankfurt polytechnic, since 1976 lawyer. In 1984 she became a consultant on women's issues for the first Green Party parliamentary group in the German Bundestag and co-authored the anti-discrimination law.
In 1986 she returned to the state of Hessen where she set up the Women and Equality Unit for the state government of Hessen. She was also in charge of Hessen's first equal opportunities programme.
Since 1990 she acted as legal consultant for the Green parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, during which time she authored the Green party's draft proposal for an immigration law. In 1994 she also became deputy chief whip of the Green Party parliamentary group. Birgit Laubach is a co-founder of the Cologne Heinrich Böll Foundation. She has frequently contributed to numerous legal as well as to other periodicals. Her dissertation is on the subject of 'European Civil Rights for Immigrants'.
From 2002 to 2013 she was CEO of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin.