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Federal Bar Associations funds Project

History of Imperial Bar Association

For a period of three years, the Federal Bar Association is funding the exploration of sources on the Imperial Bar Association. The aim is to present an overall history of the Imperial Bar Association.  The Federal Bar Association is the legal successor of the Imperial Bar Association. The history of the Imperial Bar Association from its foundation in 1933 to its dissolution in 1945 is one of the last blind spots on the map of the legal history of National Socialism.

Freiburg Society for Legal History

All members of the Faculty of Law,
the University of Freiburg and the
Freiburg Society for Legal History

are cordially invited to our practical speech in the context of the lecture on European and German legal history.

Attorney Dr. Gianna Burret from the law firm Bender Harrer Krevet will speak on 22 January 2020 at 10.30 a.m. in Lecture Hall 1010 of the Collegium Building I of the University of Freiburg on

"Customs legislation - between the internal market and globalisation".

signed Schäfer (Chairman)

Freiburg Society for Legal History

At the invitation of our society, Professor Dr. Peter Oestmann will deliver a lecture on

Germany's Learned Court.
About the Practice of the Lübeck High Court of Appeal

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6 p.m. c.t. in the lecture hall 2004 of the Collegium Building II of the University of Freiburg.

His research focuses on German legal history of the Middle Ages and early modern times (especially in the field of the history of court practice) as well as on source editions from modern court practice. Mr. Oestmann is co-editor of the Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, the Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung and the publication series Quellen und Forschungen zur höchsten Gerichtsbarkeit im Alten Reich. He is one of the main contributors to the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics in the Cultures of Premodern and Modern Times", a full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a full member of the Historical Commission for Westphalia.

With best regards
Schäfer (Chairman)

Freiburg Society for Legal History


Dear colleagues and friends of legal history,

I hereby invite you to the general meeting of the Freiburg Society for Legal History on Saturday, July 6, 2019.
at 15:30 to the library of the German Section of the Institute for Legal History, University Building II,5th floor.

In the morning, 11 a.m. s.t., in the lecture hall 1098, University Building I, Professor em. Dr. Frank Kolb will deliver a speech about Rule and Local Autonomy in Lycia from the Dynastic to the Imperial Period.

Mrs Marlene Kottmann will then report on her dissertation project The Rastatt Trials.

At 1.30 p.m. a common lunch is planned for the members and the speakers in the restaurant Oberkirch at Münsterplatz on the upper floor. Please let my secretariat know by 28 June whether you would like to attend the lunch. The entrance to the Peterhof is open for the annual meeting at 15:30 hrs.

In expectation of a stimulating reunion, warm greetings send you,
Frank Schäfer (Chairman)

Freiburg Society for Legal History

Lecture in January 2019
Dear colleagues,
dear students,
dear friends of legal history,

As every year, the Freiburg Society for Legal History offers a practical lecture as part of the general lecture "European and German Legal History" in order to illustrate to the students the synergies between legal history and legal practice.

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Bettina Bubach, judge in the service of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate, to Freiburg.

Dr. Bubach will speak on 11 January 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lecture Hall 2006 of the Kollegiengebäude II about the topic
"Employee Concept: From the Beginnings to Work 4.0".
The lecture will deal in particular with the new § 611a BGB, which since 2017 typologically normalizes the work contract in the civil law book.

A contemplative Advent season for all of you,
Merry Cristmas
and a happy New Year!

Frank Schäfer (Chairman)

Visiting Professor

Professor Schäfer teaches as visiting professor at the University of Bari from 3rd to 5th December 2018 in Tarent and Bari about German Legal History and Methodology.

Dottorato di Ricerca in Diritti economie e culture del Mediterraneo
 Legal History Colloquia
 Seminari di storia del diritto medievale e moderno

Prof. Frank L. Schaefer
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Programma dei Seminari

 Historical interpretation of the German Civil Code:
The value of legal History
  Lunedì 3 dicembre 2018 – Sala Conferenze, ore 10.00
(Convento San Francesco, Taranto)

 German Legal History during the Humanistic Era
Martedì 4 dicembre 2018 – Aula 2, ore 14.00
(Convento San Francesco, Taranto)
German Legal History in the 20th century
Mercoledì 5 aprile 2018 – Aula Fabris, ore 12.00
(Palazzo Del Prete, Bari)
Intervengono i professori
 Andrea Lovato, Riccardo Pagano, Francesco Mastroberti
Angela Trombetta, Stefano Vinci, Gaia Masiello

Freiburg Society for Legal History

Dear friends of legal history,

As in the previous year, our society is offering an evening lecture in November to supplement the lecture "European and German Legal History".

Professor Dr. phil. Saskia Lettmaier, B.A. (Oxford), LL.M., S.J.D. (Harvard)
will be held on Wednesday, 7 November 2018, at 18.00 c.t. in the Audimax of the Kollegiengebäude II
about "A Mystery in Comparative Legal History."

Professor Lettmaier teaches and researches at the Chair of Civil Law, German and European History of Law, Private International Private and Comparative Law at the Hermann Kantorowicz Institute of the Christian-Albrechts-University at Kiel. Professor Lettmaier is also a judge in the second main office of the Schleswig-Holstein Higher Regional Court. Her research interests lie in the following areas: civil law, in particular family and inheritance law, from a historical, comparative, international and interdisciplinary perspective; English and continental European legal history, especially of the early modern period and modern period; comparative law; law and religion; law and literature. Professor Lettmaier has received numerous national and international awards and scholarships for her achievements, including the Irving Oberman Memorial Prize of the Harvard Law School for the best work in legal history and family law.

Best regards
Schäfer (Chairman)

Freiburg Society for Legal History

Evening lecture 8 May 2018

Private Lecturer Dr. Daniel Damler will talk on Tuesday, 8 May at 18:00 c.t. at HS 1010 about

"Constitutional celestial mechanics. The "Balance of Forces" and the Physical World View of the Enlightenment."

Dr. Damler was awarded the Prize "Legal Book of the Year" for his two monographs "Wild Law" and "Corporate and Modernity".

signed Frank Schäfer (Chairman)

Freiburg Society for Legal History

Attorney Dr. Christoph F. Wetzler, partner of HEUKING KÜHN LÜER WOJTEK (Frankfurt a.M.)

will deliver a lecture on

Legal Unification and Legal Transplants - The Contribution of Legal Practice

on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 10.30 AM, lecture room 1010, Freiburg University.

Freiburg Society for Legal History

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Joachim Rückert,

emeritus at Frankfurt a.M. University and member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities

will deliver a lecture on

German Empire, Civil Code, Civil Law - A Fatal Antisocial Heritage?

on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 6.15 PM, lecture room 3043, Freiburg University.

Happy Birthday, Professor Kroeschell!

The Freiburg Society for Legal History congratulates

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Karl Kroeschell

on his 90th birthday on 14th November 2017.

Karl Kroeschell taught at the University of Freiburg from 1975 to 1995 after numerous appointments and a professorship at Göttingen University. With his three-volume "German Legal History", he left his mark on German legal studies after 1968 like no other legal historian. The honorary doctorate of the University of Osaka and the honorary membership of the Japanese Academy of Sciences bear witness to his international reputation among numerous other awards.

For further information: Karin Nehlsen-von Stryk, Emeritus Professor of Law Karl Kroeschell celebrates his 90th birthday today, Badische Zeitung, 14th November 2017.

signed Schäfer, Chairman

Visiting Professor Taguchi

Professor Masaki Taguchi from Hokkaido University, Japan, will visit our institute from 22 August to 6 September 2017.

As a resultat of his research, he published the monograph "Königliche Gerichtsbarkeit und regionale Konfliktbeilegung im deutschen Spätmittelalter: Die Regierungszeit Ludwigs des Bayern (1314–1347)" in 2017.


Inauguration lectures

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Haltern, LL.M. (Yale)
Deputy Dean

Democracy Creep in the European Union

Prof. Dr. Frank Schäfer, LL.M. (Cantab.)
Deputy Dean (for Studies and Examination)

Libertarian Theory of Private Law

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 4 PM
Aula, KG I


Museum for Legal History

Museum for Legal History Karlsruhe

Professor Schäfer will present his latest research projects on legal history to the members of the Museum for Legal History Karlsruhe on Saturday, 24 June 2017, 2.30 PM at the Institute for Legal History and Comparative Legal History.


Seminar Visiting Professor Vinci

Visiting Professor Dr. Stefano from Bari University, Campus Tarent,

delivers a seminar on
"Criminal law and criminal proceedings in the sixteenth century"

on Thursday, 22 June 2017.