Critical Justice

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KJ - Critical Justice

description Legal journal
publishing company Nomos publishing company
First edition 1968
Frequency of publication quarterly
Sold edition 1,800 copies
Editor-in-chief Eva Kocher , Andreas Fischer-Lescano
editor Sonja Buckel , Peter Derleder ,
Andreas Fischer-Lescano , Günter Frankenberg ,
Felix Hanschmann , Tanja Hitzel-Cassagnes ,
Eva Kocher , Anne Lenze ,
Joachim Perels , Edda Weßlau
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The Critical Justice. Quarterly magazine for law and politics (KritJ or KJ) is a legal journal that has been published quarterly since 1968 with a circulation of 1,800 copies. The KJ appears today in the Nomos publishing company , which belongs to the C. H. Beck publishing group .


The magazine was founded in 1968 by law students from the field of civil lawyer Rudolf Wiethölter, who were close to the Frankfurt School around Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer , the student movements of the 1968 and the emerging extra-parliamentary opposition , as a legal-political magazine. The Hessian attorney general Fritz Bauer was an important sponsor of the establishment. The KJ was a forum for the new social movements that formed during this time.

From the beginning, critical contributions to legal theory and legal history were published. Mainly socially critical issues were dealt with at that time. In the first editions of the Critical Justice, articles on Marxist legal theory, criticism of private autonomy and “bourgeois legal history” were published, and the repressive function of criminal law was questioned. In addition, the booklets contained essays on professional bans and labor disputes, on solidarity and legal strategy in political processes , on freedom of assembly and police laws, as well as critical reviews of judgments.


The journal contains articles and reports from all areas of law and provides information on current legal developments. The focus is on the consideration of the social background as well as the economic and political context. The magazine is not only aimed at lawyers, but also at members of other disciplines. The critical justice system is committed to democratic values.

In the online archive, the publisher provides at least one full-text article for each issue for download.

Editor and editor

The magazine is published by Sonja Buckel , Peter Derleder , Isabel Feichtner, Andreas Fischer-Lescano , Günter Frankenberg , Tanja Hitzel-Cassagnes , Eva Kocher , Anne Lenze , Joachim Perels , Dana Schmalz and Edda Weßlau .

The editor is Andreas Fischer-Lescano and Eva Kocher.


In a report for the taz, Rudolf Walther described the magazine as "a relic of the 1968 movement" that understood how to "renew itself across generations". Whether the journal has now become citable in legal studies and judgments, or whether, as in Felix Hanschmann's view, it should remain “socially unfit” and seek connection to social movements, is still controversial. After the takeover by Nomos Verlag, it was said that the critical justice system had finally become “socially acceptable”.

See also


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Individual evidence

  1. Critical Justice. Media data. (PDF; 731 kB) (No longer available online.) Nomos, 2011, formerly in the original ; Retrieved September 24, 2011 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  2. ^ A b Sonja Buckel, Andreas Fischer-Lescano, Felix Hanschmann: The birth of critical justice from the practice of resistance . (PDF; 131 kB) in: Kritische Justiz , issue 3/2008, p. 236.
  3. a b c Stephan Rehmke: Our sixty-eighth girl - Critical Justice celebrates its fortieth birthday . (PDF) In: Forum Law. 04/2008, p. 133.
  4. Alexandra Kemmerer: Unseld's public law. How the "course book for lawyers" failed . In: Journal for the history of ideas . tape XIV , no. 3 . CH Beck, Munich 2020, p. 91-102 .
  5. Alexandra Kemmerer: Practitioner of the Word. Fritz Bauer and the Critical Justice . In: Katharina Rauschenberger / Sybille Steinbacher (eds.): Fritz Bauer and "Achtundsechzig" . Wallstein, Göttingen 2020, ISBN 978-3-8353-3845-6 .
  6. Critical Justice. Home page; Retrieved on September 6, 2010: "The magazine 'Kritische Justiz' is aimed at lawyers, law students, trainee lawyers, legal and social scientists, trade union secretaries, social workers, educators, economists, environmental scientists."
  7. ^ Rudolf Walther : Critical justice between riot and mainstream. In: of October 27, 2008