Jurists Uprooted

Edited by Jack Beatson and Reinhard Zimmermann

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270583
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191710230 | DOI:
Jurists Uprooted

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Recent years have seen a growing body of literature on the contribution of scientists, historians, and literary and artistic figures who were forced to leave Germany and Austria after Adolf Hitler came to power. This book is the first study of the important contribution of refugee and émigré legal scholars to the development of English law. Those considered in the book are: Ernst Joseph Cohn, David Daube, Rudolf Graupner, Max Grünhut, Hermann Kantorowicz, Otto Kahn-Freund, Hersch Lauterpacht, Gerhard Leibholz, Kurt Lipstein, Francis A. Mann, Hermann Mannheim, Lassa Oppenheim, Otto Prausnitz, Fritz Robert Pringsheim, Gustav Radbruch, Clive Schmitthoff, Fritz Heinrich Schulz, Georg Schwarzenberger, Walter Ullmann, Martin Wolff, and Wolfgang Friedmann. The scene is set by two introductory chapters which explore the general background to the exodus of the émigré scholars from Germany, and their arrival in the United Kingdom. The volume then moves on to analyse the scholars' backgrounds, histories, and intellectual bent as individuals, evaluating their work and its impact on legal scholarship in both England and Germany. In those subjects where the influence of these lawyers was particularly strong — public and private international law, Roman law, and comparative law — it considers how far, collectively, these German- and Austrian-educated refugees and émigrés shaped the development of the law. There are also a number of personal memoirs, including one by the surviving member of the group, Kurt Lipstein.

Keywords: émigré legal scholars; refugees; Adolf Hitler; lawyers; English law; international law; Roman law; comparative law; Germany

Book.  866 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Law

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