Günter Stratenwerth

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Günter Stratenwerth (born January 31, 1924 in Naumburg ; † April 15, 2015 in Basel ) was a German legal scholar . From 1961 to 1994 he was a full professor of criminal law at the University of Basel and the author of numerous textbooks on German and Swiss criminal law .


Stratenwerth grew up in Naumburg an der Saale until he was seven. In 1932 the family moved to Bielefeld . At fourteen he joined the Flieger- Hitlerjugend . In 1942 he graduated from high school and just two weeks later entered military service in the Air Force . Since the Wehrmacht in Stalingrad suffered severe personnel losses as part of the Fall Blau offensive , members of the Luftwaffe were reallocated into so-called Luftwaffe field divisions and deployed as infantry . Stratenwerth was one of them, but was wounded in November 1942. After a long stay in the hospital , he returned to his unit in the spring of 1943. On the initiative of his father, he was reallocated again in the summer of 1943 - against his own request - in order to initially receive training as a motorized pilot and then to work as a flight instructor in Dresden . In February 1945 he was transferred to Bavaria . During a commando operation on April 30, 1945 - shortly before the end of World War II in Europe - he had to make an emergency landing on the Tauern Pass due to a snow storm .

When the University of Göttingen reopened in mid-1945 , he immediately enrolled and studied law until 1949. In 1950 he received his doctorate , in 1956 he completed his habilitation at the University of Bonn on the subject of "Responsibility and Obedience". Four years later - 1960 - he received a professorship at the University of Erlangen , but one year later he moved to the University of Basel , where he taught criminal law and legal philosophy from 1961 to 1994 .

In 1992 the University of St. Gallen awarded Stratenwerth an honorary doctorate . On November 7, 2013, he received this honor from the University of Basel.

Günter Stratenwerth was the father of three children. The Hamburg exhibition organizer, journalist and author Irene Stratenwerth is his daughter. He died on April 15, 2015 at the age of 91.


His contribution to Swiss criminal law theory includes the fundamental works Swiss Criminal Law General Parts I and II as well as Special Parts I and II, partly written with Guido Jenny , who would have wanted to continue the work. However, he passed away in September 2006. Felix Bommer has been a co-author since the 6th edition of Special Part II . The four-volume work Swiss Criminal Law was considered the standard work up to the publication of the Basel Commentaries on the Criminal Code and is still quoted today by the federal court case law in one go with the commentaries. Its influence on the highest court case law in criminal matters in Switzerland is considerable.

In addition, Günter Stratenwerth commented on the criminal provisions of the Banking Act in the Basel Commentary and, together with Wolfgang Wohlers, published a manual commentary on the criminal code .


  • Swiss criminal law - General Part I: The criminal act . 4th edition. Stämpfli Verlag, Bern 2011, ISBN 978-3-7272-8667-4 .
  • Swiss criminal law - General Part II: Penalties and measures . 2nd Edition. Stämpfli Verlag, Bern 2006, ISBN 3-7272-0799-X .
  • Günter Stratenwerth, Guido Jenny, Felix Bommer: Swiss Criminal Law - Special Part I: Offenses against individual interests . 7th edition. Stämpfli Verlag, Bern 2010, ISBN 978-3-7272-8658-2 .
  • Günter Stratenwerth, Felix Bommer: Swiss Criminal Law - Special Part II: Offenses against the common interest . 7th edition. Stämpfli Verlag, Bern 2013, ISBN 978-3-7272-8684-1 .

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Individual evidence

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  2. a b c Günter Stratenwerth appointed honorary doctor of the University of Lucerne. In: Homepage of the University of Basel. November 11, 2013, accessed November 8, 2015 .
  3. ^ Daniel Gerny: Fine spirit of criminal law. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . April 20, 2015, accessed November 8, 2015 .
  4. ^ A b Günter Stratenwerth: Günter Stratenwerth. In: The German-language criminal law studies in self-portrayals. Eric Hilgendorf , 2010, p. 555 f. , accessed November 8, 2015 .
  5. Felix Bommer : Laudation for honorary doctor Prof. Dr. Günter Stratenwerth. In: Homepage of the University of Lucerne. November 7, 2013, accessed November 8, 2015 .
  6. Personnel. In: Plea . April 21, 2010, accessed November 8, 2015 .
  7. Basel legal scholar Günter Stratenwerth has died. In: az Nordwestschweiz from April 19, 2015 (accessed April 19, 2015).
  8. ^ Daniel Gerny: Fine spirit of criminal law. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . April 20, 2015, accessed November 8, 2015 .