Hans Erich Feine

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Hans Erich Alfred Feine (born March 21, 1890 in Göttingen ; † March 6, 1965 in Tübingen ) was a German legal scholar .

Hans Erich Feine was the son of theology professor Paul Feine and the brother of Gerhart Feine . His mother was the daughter of an imperial judge. Feine graduated from high school in Breslau in 1909 . He studied law and history at the Universities of Breslau , Freiburg , Berlin and Halle . After graduating, he was a trainee lawyer in Lauchstädt near Halle . With Paul Rehme he received his doctorate at the University of Halle in 1913 with the work Der Goslarische Rat until 1400 . From 1914 to 1918 he was a war participant and at the end of the war a lieutenant in the reserve. In 1918 he became an assistant under Ulrich Stutz at the Canon Law Institute of the University of Berlin. In 1920 his habilitation took place with a thesis supervised by Rehme on the occupation of the imperial bishoprics from the Peace of Westphalia to the secularization of 1648–1803. From 1920 to 1922 Feine was a private lecturer in German law. He refused an appointment to Königsberg .

From 1922 to 1931 Feine taught as a full professor for civil law, German private law and German legal history at the University of Rostock . From 1931 to 1945 he was a full professor of legal history, commercial and church law at the University of Tübingen . Feine was not a member of the NSDAP , but he celebrated Adolf Hitler and his movement exuberantly.

In 1946, Feine was dismissed from civil servant status by the French occupying forces. In 1949 he was retired. However, the University of Tübingen operated its rehabilitation. Between 1950 and 1955 he taught at the Philosophical-Theological University of Bamberg and was a substitute professor for German legal history in Munich . From 1955 to 1958 Feine was again full professor for German and canon law in Tübingen. In 1958 he was finally retired.

Feines research interests were canon law, commercial law and German legal history. From 1922 to 1965 he was co-editor of the magazine of the Savigny Foundation for Legal History . In 1954 he became an honorary member of the Institute for Austrian Historical Research . In 1957 he became a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and in 1964 a corresponding member of the philological-historical class of the Austrian Academy of Sciences .

The estate of Hans Erich Feine is in the archive of the University of Zurich .


  • The Goslarische Rat until the year 1400 (= investigations into the German state and legal history. Issue 120, ISSN  0083-4572 ). Marcus, Breslau 1913 (also: Halle, University dissertation), (reprint: Scientia-Verlag, Aalen 1970, ISBN 3-511-04120-1 ).
  • The occupation of the imperial bishoprics from the Peace of Westphalia to secularization 1648–1803. Enke, Stuttgart 1921.
  • A thousand years of German longing for the Reich and Reich reality. Schaffstein, Cologne 1935 (also under the title: A thousand years of the German Empire. A study of the history of the state and the constitution. 3rd edition, Cologne 1941).
  • The development of the German state since the end of the Holy Roman Empire from 1800 to 1933. A constitutional account. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1936, 2nd edition 1944.
  • German constitutional history of the modern era (= Outline of German Law . Vol. 5). Mohr, Tübingen 1937, 2nd edition 1940, 3rd edition 1943.
  • Church legal history. Volume 1: The Catholic Church. Based on Ulrich Stutz's canon law . Böhlaus successor, Weimar 1950, 5th, reviewed edition, Böhlau, Cologne et al. 1972, ISBN 3-412-38972-2 .
  • Territory and court. Studies on the history of law in southern Germany. Introduced and edited by Friedrich Merzbacher . Scientia-Verlag, Aalen 1978, ISBN 3-511-00877-8 .


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  1. Uwe Dietrich Adam: University and National Socialism. The University of Tübingen in the Third Reich (= Contubernium. Vol. 23). Mohr, Tübingen 1977, ISBN 3-16-939602-1 , p. 174.
  2. Ewald Grothe : Between history and law. German constitutional historiography 1900–1970 (= Ordnungssysteme. Vol. 16). Oldenbourg, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-486-57784-0 , p. 315 f.
  3. No more published.