Martin Wolff (1872–1953)

Gerhard Dannemann

in Jurists Uprooted

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270583
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191710230 | DOI:
Martin Wolff (1872–1953)

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Legal scholars who left National Socialist Germany for Britain ranged from graduate students to some of the most eminent members of their profession. Martin Wolff can safely be said to have figured on the latter end of that scale. He is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest law teachers of the 20th century. For more than half a century, his treatise on property law was the leading aurhority in its field for courts, practitioners, scholars, and students alike. At the same time, Wolff was respected as an authority on German commercial law and family law. His strong teaching and research interests in private international law and comparative law gave him a familiarity with the common law which many other German émigré law scholars were lacking. This chapter chronicles the life of Wolff in Germany and his emigration to England, his works on private international law and their influence on academic writing and on courts, his work and life at Oxford University, his social life, other people's personal impressions of him, and the late recognition he received.

Keywords: Martin Wolff; émigré legal scholars; lawyers; Germany; private international law; Oxford University; emigration

Chapter.  12383 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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