Harm Peter Westermann

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Harm Peter Westermann (born January 8, 1938 in Göttingen ) is a German lawyer and professor emeritus at the University of Tübingen .


HP Westermann was born in 1938 as the son of the lawyer Harry Westermann (* 1909; † 1986) and his wife Pauline (née Schilt). He spent his childhood in Prague (1940–1945), Huizen , Leer and Münster (from 1949). From 1957 he studied law at the Universities of Münster , Paris and Vienna . In February 1961 he passed the first state law examination. 1964 Westermann was at the University of Cologne with one of Gerhard Kegel supervised comparative law ( The causa in French and German law ) for Dr. iur. PhD. After the second state law examination in November 1965, he received a habilitation grant from the German Research Foundation in early 1966 . In 1969 he completed his habilitation with Walter Erman on the subject of freedom of contract and type law in the law of partnerships. After substituting professorships at the Universities of Göttingen and Cologne, Westermann accepted a position at the still young Bielefeld University in 1970 . He turned down calls to Lausanne and Münster. It was not until 1984 that he switched to the Free University of Berlin . In 1989 he finally accepted a position at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen , where he worked until his retirement in 2006.

Westermann dedicates his academic work primarily to corporate law . Westermann is also the editor and co-author of several commentaries on the German Civil Code and author of several textbooks on civil law.


Publications (selection)

  • The causa in French and German civil law. De Gruyter, Berlin 1967.
  • Freedom of contract and type law in the law of partnerships. Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg / New York 1970.
  • BGB - Law of Obligations General Part, 5th Edition CF Müller, Heidelberg, 2003. ISBN 3-8114-1835-1 .
  • BGB - property law. 11th edition CF Müller, Heidelberg 2005. ISBN 3-8114-7325-5 .

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