Bernhard Großfeld

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Bernhard Theodor Großfeld (born December 30, 1933 in Bentheim ) is a retired German professor specializing in civil law, commercial and economic law, comparative law and private international law.


Großfeld studied law in Freiburg im Breisgau , Hamburg and Münster . In 1954 he became a member of the Catholic student association KDSt.V. Hohenstaufen Freiburg im Breisgau in the CV . He received his doctorate in Münster in 1960 on the subject of private punishment . In 1962 he passed his assessor exam in Lower Saxony. A year later he obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Yale Law School , USA.

Großfeld completed his habilitation in 1966 with Wolfgang Fikentscher and was full professor in Göttingen from 1967 to 1973 . In 1973 he moved to the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster . After rejecting calls to Munich until his retirement in the winter semester 1998/1999 (until 1995 alongside Otto Sandrock ), he was director of the Institute for International Business Law (IWR) and the Institute for Cooperatives.

His institute (IWR) has developed into a renowned address for research in international business law. Großfeld set standards in his main focus areas of comparative law and international corporate law . Another focus of work is accounting law and company valuation . His treatises overcame the classical boundaries of jurisprudence and made connections to economics and natural sciences .

Großfeld also dealt critically with the system of legal training. His provocative essay on "The misery of law studies" (JZ 1986, 357 ff.) Sparked a broad, lasting discussion.

He is a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering acatech .

Fonts (selection)

  • The private penalty: a contribution to the protection of general personal rights. Frankfurt a. M. 1961, also Münster Univ., Diss. 1960.
  • Income tax: historical foundations and comparative law approach. Tuebingen 1981.
  • Numbers and signs in the right. Tubingen 1993.
  • Magic of law. Tübingen 1999.
  • Großfeld (Ed.): Westphalian Jurisprudence. Contributions to German and European legal culture. Festschrift on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Legal Study Society Münster. Munster 2000.
  • Großfeld (ed.): Comparative law - misunderstood, forgotten, suppressed. Munster 2000.
  • Poetry and Law: Comparative Law Studies. Paderborn; Munich; Vienna; Zurich 2005.
  • Luttermann / Großfeld (abbreviation): Accounting law: accounting in the annual financial statements and consolidated financial statements in accordance with commercial law and tax law, European law and IAS / IFRS. 4th edition, Heidelberg 2005.
  • Großfeld (ed.): Problems of German, European and Japanese law. Festschrift on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the partnership between the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster and the Chuo University of Tokyo in the field of law. Berlin 2006.

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