Ekkehard Kaufmann

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Ekkehard Kaufmann (born February 17, 1923 in Frankfurt am Main , † June 26, 2010 in Marburg ) was a German lawyer , legal historian and professor at the Philipps University of Marburg .


Kaufmann was born on February 17, 1923, the son of two natural scientists. During World War II he fought as a soldier in Russia, but was taken prisoner by the Americans . After his return, Kaufmann first studied history, German and philosophy at the University of Frankfurt . There he received his doctorate in 1950 under Paul Kirn Dr. phil. Kaufmann then went on to study law . In 1956 he earned a doctorate in law. Two years later he completed his habilitation, also in Frankfurt.

As a result, Kaufmann worked as a private lecturer and lawyer, and in 1963 he became an adjunct professor in Frankfurt. He held his first and only full professorship from 1965 at the University of Marburg . There he researched and taught until his retirement in 1991. In 1992 he joined a law firm in Marburg, where he worked until 2004.

Kaufmann's main research areas were German legal history, civil law, commercial law and canon law. Kaufmann achieved greater fame as a co-founder of the concise dictionary on German legal history .

Works (selection)

  • History and constitution of the imperial villages of Soden and Sulzbach . 2nd Edition. Lauck, Flörsheim 1981, OCLC 932887243 (first edition: 1951, PhD thesis phil.).
  • The success liability. Investigations into the criminal attribution in legal thought of the early Middle Ages (=  Frankfurt scientific contributions. Volume 16 ). Vittorio Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1958, OCLC 6252973 (Dissertation iur.).
  • Aequitatis iudicium, royal court and equity in the legal system of the early Middle Ages . Vittorio Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1959.
  • Adalbert Erler , Ekkehard Kaufmann, Dieter Werkmüller (eds.): Concise dictionary on German legal history [HRG] . tape 5 . Erich Schmidt, Berlin 1998, ISBN 3-503-00015-1 (with philological assistance from Ruth Schmidt-Wiegand , co-founded by Wolfgang Stammler ).

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary by Heinz Holzhauer , accessed on February 3, 2016.