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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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Otto Kahn-Freund (1900–1979)

Otto Kahn-Freund (1900–1979)

(p.299) Otto Kahn-Freund (1900–1979)
Jurists Uprooted

Mark Freedland

Oxford University Press

Otto Kahn-Freund was an émigré legal scholar whose contribution to the scholarship of labour law was an entirely singular one. By the 1970s, he was rightly regarded as the doyen of labour law studies in Britain. It was recognised that, as a subject of academic study, labour law had grown from most modest beginnings in the preceding thirty years, almost entirely as the result of Kahn-Freund's inspiration and enthusiasm. By the end of that decade, and even more in the early 1980s, that particular process of cross-fertilisation had become a matter of fascination to the growing community of British employment lawyers, and a considerable amount of writing was devoted to analysing and expounding Kahn-Freund's legacy. This chapter chronicles Kahn-Freund's early life, his academic apprenticeship with eminent and charismatic lawyer and Social Democrat politician Hugo Sinzheimer, his tenure as a professor at the London School of Economics, his contributions in the fields of family law and conflict of laws, and his election as chair of comparative law at Oxford University.

Keywords:   Otto Kahn-Freund, labour law, émigré legal scholars, comparative law, conflict of laws, family law, Oxford University, Hugo Sinzheimer

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