Josef Cüppers

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Josef Cüppers (born May 9, 1879 in Ratingen ; † May 18, 1953 in Düsseldorf ) was a German lawyer .


Cüppers was born as the son of the rector and writer Adam Josef Cüppers . After graduating from a high school in Düsseldorf, he studied law in Munich, Berlin and Bonn, where he received his doctorate magna cum laude in 1906 . In November 1906 he was admitted to the bar at the Düsseldorf District and Regional Court . After the First World War he was appointed by the Reich government as a defense attorney in the first war crimes trial .

In the Bar Association Dusseldorf he stood up for his profession and was from 1919 Member of the Board. During the time of National Socialism he was limited in his professional practice and left the bar in 1933. After the end of the Second World War , from 1945 he was President of the Bar Association for the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court and, in this capacity, Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee of the German Bar Associations and the German Bar Association . He was also Chairman of the 2nd Senate of the Court of Honor for Lawyers in the British Zone . After the founding of the Federal Republic in 1949 he was a member of the commission for drawing up the draft of a new federal lawyer regulation . The Bundestag appointed him as an electoral member of the judges' election committee for the appointment of judges at the highest federal courts . - In the field of law, he was a journalist as co-editor of the Neue Juristische Wochenschrift . He also wrote the commentary on the bar code for the British zone.

In 1952 he was awarded the Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.


  • Barcode for the British zone with additional regulations. - Munich, Berlin: Biederstein, 1949


  • Karl Ritter von Klimesch (ed.): Heads of politics, economy, art and science. - Augsburg: Naumann, 1953
  • Brandi: Neue Juristische Wochenschrift , 1952, 614
  • Neue Juristische Wochenschrift , 1953, 773–801
  • Board of Directors of the Düsseldorf Bar Association (ed.): Lawyers for the reform of criminal law and professional law. - Festschrift, 1955