New legal weekly

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New legal weekly
description Legal journal
publishing company Publishing house CH Beck
First edition 1947
Frequency of publication weekly
Sold edition 34,724 copies
( Media data of the publisher )
Widespread edition 31,421 copies
( Media data of the publisher )
Editor-in-chief Tobias Freudenberg
editor Wolfgang Ewer ,
Rainer Hamm ,
Ulrich Karpenstein,
Nathalie Oberthür,
Hilke Herchen,
Peter Bräutigam
Web link
ISSN (print)

The New Legal Wochenschrift ( NJW ) is the leading magazine for legal theory and practice in Germany and is primarily of lawyers , notaries , judges , judicial officers , legal trainees and students of the law read.

The specialist journal is published by lawyers at Verlag CH Beck with a weekly circulation of around 30,000 copies. The editorial office is based in Frankfurt am Main . The NJW, published in offset printing, publishes the largest job market for lawyers .


The NJW was founded in 1947 by Biederstein Verlag , Munich as a lawyers' magazine. Founding editors were Walter Lewald, Valentin Heins and Josef Cüppers . Since the magazine was to appear in all three western zones of occupation at the time, the editorial office was not located at the publishing house in Munich, but in Frankfurt am Main. The first edition appeared in October 1947. The very first article in the NJW after the war (from the pen of Lewald) was entitled “Freedom of the Advocacy - We Mean”. Contrary to its designation as a weekly, the magazine was initially only published monthly (weekly from 1953).

Despite the similarity of names, the NJW has nothing to do with the legal weekly journal that existed until 1939 , which was the organ of the German Lawyers' Association until the Second World War and was published by Moeser, Leipzig. With the naming of the NJW, however, “the tradition of the old 'legal weekly journal' should be linked”. The publisher was temporarily prohibited from using the part of the name “Juristische Wochenschrift” by an injunction at the end of 1947, which is why the first issues of 1948 were only published under the title Neue Juristische .

Since the resumption of business operations of the publishing house C. H. Beck (then: C. H. Beck'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung ) in Munich in 1949, the NJW has appeared in this publishing house, but the editorial office remained in Frankfurt. The anniversary issue 70 years of NJW was published on October 12, 2017 as issue 42/2017 (pages 3025–3112) .


Approximately 50% of the articles and editorially processed court decisions of general importance for the academic application of law are included in the journal. To keep the size of the magazine, given the steady increase of relevant issues manageable, were gradually created by the publisher specialty titles about the criminal law , the New Journal of Criminal Law (NStZ) , for the administrative law the New Journal of Administrative Law (NVwZ) and for the Labor Law the New Journal for Labor Law (NZA) . What has remained so far is general civil law , which is particularly important in practice and accordingly has a certain focus.

The publication of the large number of important court decisions for the complete publication of which is not enough in the NJW has been outsourced to the NJW case law report (NJW-RR) . NJW-RR initially appeared as a supplement to the NJW, later as a separate periodical and now has its own sister journals (NVwZ-RR, NStZ-RR and NZA-RR), which are organized according to subject areas.

Since 1968, the NJW has also been accompanied by the independent Zeitschrift für Rechtsspektiven (ZRP) , which appears eight times a year, but has been available separately since the beginning of 2013. Since 2004, the NJW has been the NJW-aktuell every week (as an attached part) and (loosely attached) every two weeks the NJW Spezial (subtitle: The most important information on central areas of law ; previously: "The most important information on special areas of law") which cannot be obtained separately. It contains short articles and summaries of decisions from the most important areas of law in practice , but no decisions in full.

How to quote

The NJW citation is based on the publisher's editorial guidelines for the design of magazines (as of July 1, 2018). Individual articles are usually referred to by specifying the author or the body , the abbreviation "NJW", the year of publication and the page. In the case of court decisions in particular, the abbreviation S. for page is sometimes omitted. For example, the statement “BVerfG NJW 2003, 3111 ff.” Stands for a judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court (“teacher with headscarf”), which was printed in 2003 on editorial pages 3111 and following, which were consistently counted for each year.

See also


  • New Legal Weekly (NJW). Beck, Munich / Frankfurt am Main 1947 ff., ISSN  0341-1915 .
  • Legal weekly. Organ of the German Bar Association. Moeser, Leipzig 1.1872–68.1939 (March).
  • Alfred Flemming: From the founding history of the NJW. In: NJW 1987, p. 2653.
  • Uwe Diederichsen : From week to week - jurisprudence between documentation and discussion. In: NJW 1988, pp. 1-8.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Alfred Flemming: From the founding history of the NJW , NJW 1987, p. 2653 (2656).
  2. ^ Uwe Wesel : C. H. BECK 1763-2013: The legal publishing house and its history. Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-406-65634-7 , p. 216 f.
  3. ^ First edition of the NJW from October 1947, see anniversary edition for issue 42/2007, as well as animated first edition at beck-online .
  4. n.v., preface , NJW 1948, p. 1.
  5. BVerfGE 108, 282