Research report 2004 - Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Jurists uprooted: German-speaking emigré lawyers in twentieth century Britain

Zimmermann, Reinhard

Rechtsvergleichung und Rechtsvereinheitlichung
MPI für ausländ. und internat. Privatrecht, Hamburg

As a result of the Nazi-regime, German law faculties lost just over a quarter of their members. 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 Hitler came to power. For the first time, this international project evaluates the important contribution of refugee and émigré legal scholars to the development of English law. It considers nineteen legal scholars originally trained in Germany or Austria who made their home in England; and it assesses their contribution to scholarship in a very different legal system from that which they left.

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