Michael Stolleis

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Michael Stolleis (2013)

Michael Stolleis (born July 20, 1941 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein ) is a German lawyer and legal historian . Until his retirement in 2006 he was Professor of Public Law and Legal History at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and from 1991 to the end of 2009 Director of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History .


Stolleis is the son of Erich Stolleis , who was Mayor of Landau from 1935 to 1937 and Lord Mayor of Ludwigshafen from 1937 to 1941 . After graduating from high school in 1960 at what is now the Kurfürst-Ruprecht-Gymnasium in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse , he studied law, German and art history in Heidelberg and Würzburg . In 1965 he passed the first state examination and in 1969 the second state examination. He received his doctorate in 1967 in Munich with Sten Gagnér .

After a few years as assistant to Axel Freiherr von Campenhausen , Stolleis completed his habilitation in Munich in 1973 in the subjects of constitutional and administrative law, modern legal history and church law. A year later he was appointed to a professorship at the University of Frankfurt. In 1991 he received the renowned Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation . In the same year he became director of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIER) in Frankfurt am Main . In 2006 he retired as professor at the University of Frankfurt and as director of the MPIER, but took over the provisional management again from September 2007 to the end of 2009.

Stolleis is a member of numerous domestic and foreign academic academies and co-editor of various series and journals. His main areas of work are in the areas of public law ( social law ), contemporary legal history and modern legal history (in particular the history of science under public law).

In September 2019 he was one of about 100 constitutional law teachers who, with the open appeal for the right to vote, Downsized the Bundestag! turned to the German Bundestag .

Memberships and honorary positions


Honorary doctorates



Fonts (selection)

  • Reason of State, Law and Morals in Philosophical Texts of the Late 18th Century (= Monographs on Philosophical Research. Vol. 86). Hain, Meisenheim 1972, ISBN 3-445-00907-4 (dissertation, University of Munich, 1967).
  • Common good formulas in National Socialist law (= Treatises on basic legal research. Vol. 15). Schweitzer, Berlin 1974, ISBN 3-8059-0349-9 (habilitation thesis, University of Munich, 1973).
  • Pecunia nervus rerum. For public financing in the early modern period. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1983, ISBN 3-465-01590-8 .
  • History of public law in Germany. 4 volumes. CH Beck, Munich 1988–2012, ISBN 978-3-406-63388-1 .
    • Volume 1: Reich Journalism and Police Science 1600–1800. 1988, ISBN 3-406-32913-6 .
    • Volume 2: Constitutional Law and Administrative Science 1800–1914. 1992, ISBN 3-406-33061-4 .
    • Volume 3: Constitutional and Administrative Law Studies in the Republic and Dictatorship 1914–1945. 1999, ISBN 3-406-37002-0 .
    • Volume 4: Constitutional and Administrative Law Studies in West and East 1945–1990. 2012, ISBN 978-3-406-63203-7 .
  • State and State of State in the Early Modern Era. Studies in the history of public law. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1990, ISBN 3-518-28478-9 .
  • Right wrong. Studies on the legal history of National Socialism. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1994, ISBN 3-518-28755-9 .
  • Constitution and intervention. Studies on the history of public law in the 19th century. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2001, ISBN 3-518-29126-2 .
  • History of social law in Germany. A floor plan. Lucius and Lucius, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-8282-0243-8 ( online ).
  • The eye of the law. Story of a metaphor. CH Beck, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-406-51679-3 .
  • Write legal history. Reconstruction, narration, fiction? Schwabe, Basel 2008, ISBN 978-3-7965-2455-4 .
  • Socialist legalism. Constitutional and administrative law studies in the GDR. CH Beck, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-406-59207-2 .
  • Selected essays and contributions (= studies on European legal history. Vol. 265). Edited by Stefan Ruppert and Miloš Vec . 2 volumes. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 2011, ISBN 978-3-465-04137-5 .
  • Public law in Germany. An introduction to its history. 16.-21. Century. CH Beck, Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-406-65943-0 .
  • Near wrong, far right. On contemporary legal history in the 20th century. Wallstein, Göttingen 2014, ISBN 978-3-8353-1401-6 .
  • "Margarethe and the Monk". Legal history in stories. CH Beck, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-406-68209-4 .
  • Constitutional histories . With comments by Christoph Gusy and Anna-Bettina Kaiser (= Fundamenta Juris Publici. Vol. 6). Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2017, ISBN 978-3-16-155404-9 .
  • Constitutional and administrative history. Materials, methodology, questions (= methodica. Introductions to legal historical research. Vol. 4). De Gruyter Oldenbourg, Berlin 2017, ISBN 978-3-11-055694-0 .


Web links

Commons : Michael Stolleis  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

References and comments

  1. Call for the right to vote: "Verkleinert den Bundestag" . Open letter of September 20, 2019 in the world .
  2. ^ Member entry by Michael Stolleis at the Academy of Sciences and Literature.
  3. Member entry by Michael Stolleis (with picture and CV) at the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina , accessed on July 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Vita of Michael Stolleis ( memento from October 6, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on October 5, 2015.
  5. The chairmanship of the board of trustees only existed for a short time because the body was dissolved.
  6. ^ Note from the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History.
  7. Announcement of the Office of the Federal President.
  8. Rosemarie Will : Why the GDR was not a constitutional state. In: Research Frankfurt. 1/2010, p. 81, urn : nbn: de: hebis: 30-80544 .