Harry Westermann

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Harry Westermann (born April 6, 1909 in Grimersum / East Frisia , † May 31, 1986 in Chilliwack / British Columbia / Canada ) was a German lawyer .

Bronze relief Harry Westermann at the University of Münster.


Westermann is the son of a reformed pastor from Grimersum. After studying law in Freiburg im Breisgau , Vienna , again Freiburg and Göttingen , Westermann passed the two state exams in 1931 and 1935. He received his doctorate in 1932. In Göttingen, after completing his doctorate, he ran a private repetition for exam candidates from 1935 to 1938. In 1938 Westermann followed Wilhelm Saure as a staff member at the German Karl Ferdinand University in Prague , from where he completed his habilitation in 1940 at his home university . He then taught from 1940 to 1942 as a lecturer, then until 1945 as an adjunct professorat the German-speaking Reich University of Prague established by the German occupying power in the Reich Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia , the Czech Charles University had been closed. Nothing is known about Westermann's denazification .

After the Second World War, Westermann was appointed full professor at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster , to which he remained loyal throughout his life. In the early years of 1952/53 he was dean of the faculty and from 1953 to 1954 rector of the university. He was the founder and co-director of various interdisciplinary research institutes, such as the Institute for Mining and Energy Law, the Institute for Cooperatives and the Central Institute for Spatial Planning. He died while traveling around Canada.

Westermann's academic work encompasses broad areas of civil and commercial law with a focus on property law , cooperative and corporate law , and mining and energy law. The Harry Westermann Prize, established after his death, was set up to promote young academics in the law faculty of the University of Münster. It has been awarded since 1990 for outstanding work that is intended for publication. The purpose of the award is to compensate for the research expenditure made by the award winners.

His son Harm Peter Westermann (* 1938) held a chair for civil and commercial law at the University of Tübingen until his retirement .

Harry Westermann's grave in the Münster Central Cemetery .

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  1. a b c d biography on the website "Ostfriesische Landschaft"
predecessor Office successor
Karl Heinrich Rengstorf Rector of the University of Münster
Hermann Volk