Johannes Wessels (lawyer)

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Johannes Wessels (born June 20, 1923 in Overberge , Unna district ; † August 21, 2005 ) was a German professor of criminal law in Münster.


Johannes Wessels studied at the Free University of Berlin and at the University of Muenster law . In 1952 he was at Harry Westermann doctorate and worked from 1953 as a judge at the Regional Court of Dortmund and 1958, High Court Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Hamm .

In 1961 Wessels worked temporarily as a department head in the Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia . From 1962, in addition to his work as a judge, he also worked at the Court of Honor for Lawyers and as a lecturer in criminal law at the University of Münster. In 1965 he was appointed full professor for criminal law and criminal procedure law at the University of Münster. From 1972 to 1973 he was dean of the law faculty in Münster and from 1973 to 1988 deputy chairman of the judicial examination office at the OLG Hamm. Wessels was also a deputy member of the Constitutional Court for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia from 1970 to 1988 .

Wessels was awarded the Great Federal Cross of Merit .


The three-volume textbook on German criminal law founded by Wessels in 1970 and edited by him until 1998 is of particular importance. The 48th edition of the work on the general part of criminal law was published in 2018 and has been translated into Spanish , Portuguese and Korean , among others . These textbooks were continued by Werner Beulke and Helmut Satzger (Criminal Law AT) as well as Michael Hettinger and Armin Engländer (Criminal Law BT I) and Thomas Hillenkamp and Jan C. Schuhr (Criminal Law BT II).

  • Johannes Wessels, Werner Beulke, Helmut Satzger: Criminal law general part. 49th edition. 2019, ISBN 978-3-8114-4827-8
  • Johannes Wessels, Michael Hettinger, Armin Engländer: Criminal Law Special Part 1. 43rd edition. 2019, ISBN 978-3-8114-4828-5 .
  • Johannes Wessels, Thomas Hillenkamp, ​​Jan C. Schuhr: Criminal Law Special Part 2. 42nd edition. 2019, ISBN 978-3-8114-4829-2 .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Catalog of the German National Library. Retrieved May 23, 2020 .
  2. ^ Catalog of the German National Library. Retrieved May 23, 2020 .
  3. ^ Catalog of the German National Library. Retrieved May 23, 2020 .