Law and Critique

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 297–308 | Cite as

Continuities and Discontinuities in German Legal Thought

  • Christian Joerges


How does the history of your country and its legal traditions affect your identity as a citizen, researcher, teacher? In case you happen to be from Germany, how do you live with the memory of national crimes - and the fact that legal academia identified in significant numbers with the Nazi regime? Are there affinities in German legal traditions to anti-liberal ideologies and authoritarian mentalities? How did post-war Germany face its past? The essay does not try to address these questions systematically but through a narrative which seeks to trace the biographical impact of the German history.

Franz Wieacker Fritz Kessler Hans Peter Ipsen Legal Scholarship in the Third Reich Rudolf Wiethölter three legal cultures the presence of the past in post-war Germany 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Joerges
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  1. 1.Law DepartmentEuropean University InstituteFlorenceItaly

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