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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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Gerhard Leibholz (1901–1982)

Gerhard Leibholz (1901–1982)

(p.535) Gerhard Leibholz (1901–1982)
Jurists Uprooted

Manfred H. Wiegandt

Oxford University Press

Among the German legal scholars who emigrated to England during the Nazi dictatorship, Gerhard Leibholz is a special case. The accumulation of a number of factors, each of which is in itself of some significance, makes Leibholz an almost unique figure within the community of German émigré jurists in England before, during, and shortly after World War II. It is surprising that Leibholz's time in England did not leave major lasting intellectual traces. He was a constitutional lawyer who had grown up in the Continental German legal tradition, and perhaps the most striking fact when looking at Leibholz as an émigré legal scholar is that his exposure to a very different tradition in England during his exile did not substantially affect his academic views and teaching. This chapter looks at the life of Leibholz in Germany during the 20th century and during World Wars I and II, his educational and academic background, his exile into England, and his appointment as justice of the Constitutional Court in Germany.

Keywords:   Gerhard Leibholz, émigré legal scholars, Germany, constitutional law, Constitutional Court

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