A Modern History of German Criminal Law

  • Thomas Vormbaum
  • Michael Bohlander

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Thomas Vormbaum, Michael Bohlander
    Pages 1-18
  3. Thomas Vormbaum, Michael Bohlander
    Pages 19-45
  4. Thomas Vormbaum, Michael Bohlander
    Pages 47-108
  5. Thomas Vormbaum, Michael Bohlander
    Pages 109-126
  6. Thomas Vormbaum, Michael Bohlander
    Pages 127-249
  7. Thomas Vormbaum, Michael Bohlander
    Pages 251-257
  8. Thomas Vormbaum, Michael Bohlander
    Pages 259-266
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 267-304

About this book


Increasingly, international governmental networks and organisations make it necessary to master the legal principles of other jurisdictions. Since the advent of international criminal tribunals this need has fully reached criminal law. A large part of their work is based on comparative research. The legal systems which contribute most to this systemic discussion are common law and civil law, sometimes called continental law. So far this dialogue appears to have been dominated by the former. While there are many reasons for this, one stands out very clearly: Language. English has become the lingua franca of international legal research. The present book addresses this issue. Thomas Vormbaum is one of the foremost German legal historians and the book's original has become a cornerstone of research into the history of German criminal law beyond doctrinal expositions; it allows a look at the system’s genesis, its ideological, political and cultural roots. In the field of comparative research, it is of the utmost importance to have an understanding of the law’s provenance, in other words its historical DNA.


German criminal justice German criminal law Modern legal history

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Vormbaum
    • 1
  1. 1.FernUniversität Hagen FB RechtswissenschaftenHagenGermany

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Bohlander
    • 1
  1. 1.Durham Law SchoolDurham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom

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