Alexander Lüderitz (legal scholar)

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Alexander Lüderitz (born March 19, 1932 in Göttingen ; † July 4, 1998 in Cologne ) was a German legal scholar and professor of civil law , civil procedural law , international private law and comparative law at the University of Cologne .


Alexander Lüderitz grew up in Düsseldorf , Hamburg , Altona and Hildesheim . He studied law at the University of Cologne and the Université de Lausanne . This was followed by a doctorate with a thesis on accumulation and the principle of weaker law in international private law (Cologne 1957) and a habilitation with a paper on the interpretation of legal transactions. Comparative study of Anglo-American and German law (Karlsruhe 1966).

Lüderitz taught at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main from 1966 to 1971 , before becoming director at the Cologne Institute for International and Foreign Private Law in 1971 alongside his academic teacher Gerhard Kegel . After Kegel's retirement in 1978, he took over sole management of the institute.

Alexander Lüderitz worked extensively in German and international private law. Among other things, in the eleventh and twelfth edition of Soergel 's Commentary, he commented on parts of the EGBGB and the non-codified parts of IPR as well as the Vienna UN and Hague Uniform Sales Law, and wrote a “concise textbook” ( see Schack , IPRax 1999, 58) on the same topic. In German substantive law, he presented a textbook ( Beitzke / Lüderitz) and commentary on family law, the latter on adoption law in the second and third edition of the Munich Commentary.

Grave in Melaten cemetery

His knowledge of the law is also reflected in numerous requests for expert opinions in which German courts sought advice from the Institute for International and Foreign Private Law at the University of Cologne, which he directed. In addition, he was heavily involved in teaching at his university, including at times as dean, senate representative and managing director of the Cologne law seminar. The enrichment through internationality, which happened to him during research stays and as a visiting professor, he passed on to his students by setting up and maintaining student and academic exchange programs. In his estate, Lüderitz ordered the establishment of the Alexander Lüderitz Foundation.

His grave is located in the Melaten cemetery in Cologne (hall 5 (P)).



  • Gerhard Kegel : New Legal Weekly (NJW) . 1998, 3031
  • Schack: Practice of international private and procedural law (IPRax) . 1999, 58
  • Schack: Alexander Lüderitz memorial . Munich 2000.

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