Gerhard Kegel (lawyer)

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Gerhard Kegel (born June 26, 1912 in Magdeburg ; † February 16, 2006 in Daun , Eifel ) was a German professor for international and foreign private law at the University of Cologne .


Gerhard Kegel was born in Magdeburg as the son of a senior consistorial councilor and grew up in Templin .

Gravesite of the Kegel family

He studied law at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen , Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität . In 1938 he was in Berlin with the work problems of offsetting - reciprocity and liquidity doctorate . His doctoral supervisor was Ernst Rabel . After being an officer in the Wehrmacht in World War II, Kegel completed his habilitation in Cologne in 1946. In 1950 he was appointed professor at the University of Cologne for international and foreign private law. From 1950 to 1977 he was also director of the Institute for International and Foreign Private Law in Cologne.

His students include Rudolf Wiethölter , Jochen Schröder , Alexander Lüderitz , Klaus Schurig , Hans-Joachim Musielak and the later President of Greece Karolos Papoulias .

Kegel was buried in the Melaten cemetery in Cologne (hallway 78 no. 42–44).


Gerhard Kegel founded the comparative law academic junior program with the Law School of the University of California at Berkeley . He was the author of the complete commentary on private international law (IPR) in Soergel's major commentary on the BGB. For over 50 years he was an active member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences , and he was also the President of the German Council for IPR . Kegel was the initiator and first chairman of the German Society for Chinese Law , as well as an external academic member of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg.

Gerhard Kegel was at times the oldest member of the law faculty at the University of Cologne. Until his death he could be found there regularly and worked in technical discussions and supervising doctoral students.




  • Forfeiture, Contract, and Trust, 1993
  • International private law, 7th edition, Munich 1995
  • International Private Law, 8th edition Munich 1999 (with Klaus Schurig)
  • International Private Law, 9th edition, Munich 2004 (with Klaus Schurig)
  • (Ed.) Expert opinion on international and foreign private law 1996, Baden-Baden 1997
  • (Ed.) Expert opinion on international and foreign private law 1997, Baden-Baden 1999
  • Humor and Rumor: Memories, Munich 1997

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