Georg Asher

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Georg Michael Asher (born August 3, 1827 in Saint Petersburg , † July 12, 1905 in Paris ) was a German legal scholar , legal historian and professor at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg .

life and work

Asher was the son of the Jewish bookseller Adolf Asher . After six years of training as a bookseller and antiquarian, he began studying law at the University of Berlin in 1851 . He completed this in 1855 with a doctorate as Dr. iur. at the University of Heidelberg . From 1854 to 1862 Asher worked as a bookseller in various European countries. In 1863 he addressed the request to the Grand Ducal Baden Ministry of the Interior to enable him to do his habilitation at the University of Heidelberg. After the agreement of the law faculty under Dean Vangerow had been obtained, the habilitation took place on July 30, 1863 and Asher took up his teaching activities, particularly on Roman legal history. After he was initially denied an extraordinary position, he was awarded the title of extraordinary professor in 1865 because of his outstanding scientific achievements and the support of the faculty. As early as 1874, however, Asher renounced his teaching activities due to lack of success with the students and from then on worked as a private scholar in Paris.

Asher did research in particular on Roman law and Roman legal history. Asher has also written a widely acclaimed work on the English navigator Henry Hudson in English.


  • Disquisitionum de fontibus juris Romani historicarum. Mohr, Heidelberg 1855 (dissertation; digitized version ).
  • Henry Hudson the navigator. London 1860 ( digitized , reprinted by Franklin, New York 1964)
  • The justification of Usufructus, an attempt at legal history. Calvary, Berlin 1862 ( digitized version ).
  • Compensation in the Civil Process of Classical Roman Law, an attempt at legal history. Calvary, Berlin 1863 ( digitized ).
  • Notice sur l'époque et la méthode de la fabrication des tables de Malaga. Durand, Paris 1866 (French).


Individual evidence

  1. Drüll, p. 7.
  2. Schroeder, p. 209.