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Jurists UprootedGerman-Speaking Emigré Lawyers in Twentieth Century Britain$
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Jack Beatson and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270583.001.0001

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Wolfgang Friedmann (1907–1972), with an Excursus on Gustav Radbruch (1878–1949)

Wolfgang Friedmann (1907–1972), with an Excursus on Gustav Radbruch (1878–1949)

(p.517) Wolfgang Friedmann (1907–1972), with an Excursus on Gustav Radbruch (1878–1949)
Jurists Uprooted

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Wolfgang Friedmann is best considered as a German émigré who contributed to the common law world, rather than to England. He studied at Berlin University under Ernst Rabel, completing his doctorate in 1930. After a period in private practice he became an assessor in a labour court in Germany. Friedmann's determination to uphold the independence of the court brought him into conflict with the Nazi regime; he was relieved of his post and had to leave Germany in 1934. This chapter looks at Friedmann's life as a legal scholar, his work on comparative law, legal theory, the political and social setting of law, public economic law, administrative law, unjust enrichment, and international law. Like Friedmann, Gustav Radbruch was hospitably received in England, but he also found the place intellectually unsupportive. Both had a deep attachment to the theoretical approach of German legal education and writing, and to an attention to values and sociology.

Keywords:   Wolfgang Friedmann, Gustav Radbruch, émigré legal scholars, Germany, comparative law, legal theory, administrative law, unjust enrichment, international law

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