German Lawyers' Day

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The German Juristentag is a registered and recognized non-profit association whose members are lawyers. In general, the German Juristentag is also known as its conference, which takes place every two years and is held as a legal policy congress with 2,500 to 3,500 participants. The association currently (2014) has around 7,000 members.


Anyone who has passed at least one state examination in law or is a law student can become a member. The organs of the association are the general assembly, which meets every two years, the permanent deputation and the executive committee. The members of the permanent deputation are elected for six years by the general assembly. Only one re-election is permitted. The permanent deputation elects the executive committee (chairman, deputy and treasurer) from among its members, who form the executive committee within the meaning of § 26 BGB . Currently (as of February 2020) these are Mathias Habersack (chairman), Marie Luise Graf-Schlicker (deputy chairwoman) and Peter Hemeling (treasurer). As President, the chairman leads the congresses of the German Juristentag. These are each prepared by a local committee. The General Secretary (currently Andreas Nadler) is in charge of the German Juristentag.

Further members of the permanent deputation are Martin Beckmann , Nina Dethloff , Martin Franzen , Beate Gsell , Peter Hemeling, Johanna Hey , Wolfgang Kahl , Sibylle Kessal-Wulf , Rainer Klocke, Thomas Mayen, Anja Mengel, Hubert Meyer, Anke Müller-Jacobsen, Angelika Nußberger , Henning Radtke , Peter Rawert , Helmut Satzger , Rainer Schlegel , Max-Jürgen Seibert, Jochen Vetter, Eva Voßkuhle and Gerhard Wagner .


The first German Jurists Conference took place in Berlin in 1860. One of its founders was Karl Christian Eduard Hiersemenzel , who published the legal journal as early as 1859. The regular episode was interrupted during the First World War. The Juristentag, scheduled for autumn 1933, was canceled by the Permanent Deputation after the National Socialists seized power "with consideration for the fundamental transformation of the German state and legal system, which was still completely in flux". The Association of National Socialist German Jurists , however, organized its 4th Reichstag in Leipzig under the name "Deutscher Juristentag 1933". The chairman of the association, Heinrich Triepel , distanced himself from this event in a circular to the members and stated that he would no longer levy membership fees, as it was not yet possible to foresee when the association would be able to resume its work. In 1937 the association was forcibly dissolved. In 1949, the organizing organization was re-established as an association under the name Deutscher Juristentag e. V. written. It meets every two years in a different German city. The 46th German Juristentag in Essen in 1966 was of particular importance, when the criminal treatment of Nazi crimes was discussed as part of the special event "Problems of the prosecution and punishment of Nazi violent crimes". The event was organized by the then President Ernst Friesenhahn. Today it is assigned a signal character for the subsequent coming to terms with the crimes of National Socialism. The 68th German Jurists Day, during which the 150th anniversary of the association was celebrated, took place from September 21 to 24, 2010 in Berlin .

With regard to Austria, there was a renaissance of Austrian legal life after 1945 with the restoration of the independent Austrian state. Legal associations were revived (Vienna Legal Society, Society for Criminal Law and Criminology) but also newly founded in other federal states (Salzburg, Graz, Linz, Klagenfurt) and on September 22, 1959, the Austrian Lawyers Association (ÖJT) was constituted at the urging of Wilhelm Malaniuk , who later became President of the Vienna Higher Regional Court .


The aim of the Juristentag is the further development of the law by scientifically examining the necessity of changing the legal system, making public proposals for changes to the law and pointing out irregularities in law that the German Juristentag considers as such. It is considered a great academic honor among lawyers to be able to comment on their subject area before this forum.

Previous legal days

# year place president
01 1860 Berlin Karl Georg von Wächter
02 1861 Dresden Johann Caspar Bluntschli
03 1862 Vienna Karl Georg von Wächter
04th 1863 Mainz Karl Georg von Wächter
05 1864 Braunschweig Karl Georg von Wächter
06th 1867 Munich Karl Georg von Wächter
07th 1868 Hamburg Rudolf von Gneist
08th 1869 Heidelberg Johann Caspar Bluntschli
09 1871 Stuttgart Rudolf von Gneist
10 1872 Frankfurt am Main Rudolf von Gneist
11 1873 Hanover Rudolf von Gneist
12 1875 Nuremberg Rudolf von Gneist
13 1876 Salzburg Rudolf von Gneist
14th 1878 Jena Rudolf von Gneist
15th 1880 Leipzig August Drechsler
16 1882 kassel Rudolf von Gneist
17th 1884 Wurzburg Rudolf von Gneist
18th 1886 Wiesbaden Rudolf von Gneist
19th 1888 Szczecin August Drechsler
20th 1889 Strasbourg Rudolf von Gneist
21st 1891 Cologne August Drechsler
22nd 1893 augsburg Rudolf von Gneist
23 1895 Bremen August Drechsler
24 1898 Poses Melchior Stenglein
25th 1900 Bamberg from Stoesser
26th 1902 Berlin Heinrich Brunner
27 1904 innsbruck Heinrich Brunner
28 1906 Kiel Justus von Olshausen
29 1908 Karlsruhe Heinrich Brunner
30th 1910 Danzig Heinrich Brunner
31 1912 Vienna Heinrich Brunner
32 1921 Bamberg Wilhelm Kahl
33 1924 Heidelberg Wilhelm Kahl
34 1926 Cologne Wilhelm Kahl
35 1928 Salzburg Wilhelm Kahl
36 1931 Lübeck Georg Wildhagen
37 1949 Cologne Ernst Wolff
38 1950 Frankfurt am Main Ernst Wolff
39 1951 Stuttgart Ernst Wolff
40 1953 Hamburg Herbert Ruscheweyh
41 1955 Berlin Herbert Ruscheweyh
42 1957 Dusseldorf Herbert Ruscheweyh
43 1960 Munich Herbert Ruscheweyh
44 1962 Hanover Ernst Friesenhahn
45 1964 Karlsruhe Ernst Friesenhahn
46 1966 eat Ernst Friesenhahn
47 1968 Nuremberg Konrad Redeker
48 1970 Bonn Konrad Redeker
49 1972 Dusseldorf Wilhelm Röhl
50 1974 Hamburg Wilhelm Röhl
51 1976 Stuttgart Wilhelm Röhl
52 1978 Wiesbaden Günther Weinmann
53 1980 Berlin Günther Weinmann
54 1982 Nuremberg Günther Weinmann
55 1984 Hamburg Marcus Lutter
56 1986 Berlin Marcus Lutter
57 1988 Mainz Marcus Lutter
58 1990 Munich Hans-Harald Franzki
59 1992 Hanover Hans-Harald Franzki
60 1994 Muenster Hans-Jürgen Rabe
61 1996 Karlsruhe Hans-Jürgen Rabe
62 1998 Bremen Hans-Jürgen Rabe
63 2000 Leipzig Reinhard Böttcher
64 2002 Berlin Reinhard Böttcher
65 2004 Bonn Paul Kirchhof
66 2006 Stuttgart Paul Kirchhof
67 2008 Erfurt Martin Henssler
68 2010 Berlin Martin Henssler
69 2012 Munich Martin Henssler
70 2014 Hanover Thomas Mayen
71 2016 eat Thomas Mayen
72 2018 Leipzig Mathias Habersack


  • Hermann Conrad , Gerhard Dilcher , Hans-Joachim Kurland: The German Juristentag: 1860-1994. Beck, Munich 1997, ISBN 3-406-40552-5 .
  • Stefan Freuding: Der Deutsche Juristentag 1960 to 2004. Beck, Munich 2006, ISBN 3-406-54552-1 .
  • Peter Landau : The German jurists and the National Socialist German Juristentag in Leipzig 1933. In: Zeitschrift für Neuere Rechtsgeschichte , year 1993/1994, pp. 373-390.
  • Rainer Maria Kiesow: The days of lawyers. The German Lawyers' Association is 150 years old. In: myops , No. 10, 2010, pp. 4-18; Excerpt on p. 4–7 (PDF; 104 kB).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b The association , presentation on the website of the German Juristentag. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  2. ^ A b Lothar Becker: "Steps on a sloping path": The archive of public law (AöR) and German constitutional law in the Third Reich (=  contributions to the legal history of the 20th century . Volume 24 ). Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 1999, p. 110 f .
  3. ^ Peter Landau : The German Jurists and the National Socialist German Juristentag in Leipzig 1933 . In: Zeitschrift für Neuere Rechtsgeschichte , Volume 1993/1994, pp. 373-390.
  4. ^ The German Juristentag 1933 in Leipzig. The rise of the Association of National Socialist German Lawyers and the self-mobilization of the professional legal elite. Silvan Schenkel, accessed on April 1, 2016 (images and further information on the Juristentag 1933).
  5. ^ Rainer Maria Kiesow: The days of the lawyers. The German Lawyers' Association is 150 years old. In: myops , No. 10, 2010, pp. 4-18; Excerpt on p. 4–7 (PDF; 104 kB).
  6. ^ Homepage of the Austrian Lawyers' Association.