Famous German Lawyers & Judges

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Max Weber
(Sociologist)
Max Weber
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Birthdate: April 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Erfurt, Germany
Died: June 14, 1920

Max Weber was a German historian, political economist, jurist, and sociologist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and important theorists, Weber's ideas had a profound influence on social research and social theory. Although he did not see himself as a sociologist, Weber is often counted among the fathers of sociology alongside Émile Durkheim, Auguste Comte, and Karl Marx.

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Gerhard Schröder
(Politician)
Gerhard Schröder
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Birthdate: April 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blomberg, Free State of Lippe, Nazi Germany

Gerhard Schröder is a German retired lawyer, politician, lobbyist, and consultant. From 1998 to 2005, Schröder served as the chancellor of Germany. He is currently serving as chairman of the popular energy company Rosneft. An influential figure, Gerhard Schröder has represented Germany on a couple of occasions, including the funeral services for Fidel Castro and Boris Yeltsin. 

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Hans Morgenthau
(Judge, Political scientist, Writer, Philosopher, University teacher)
Hans Morgenthau
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Birthdate: February 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coburg
Died: July 19, 1980

German-born American political scientist and historian Hans Morgenthau, a leading twentieth-century figure in the study of international relations, is noted for his contributions in international relations theory and the study of international law. His book Politics Among Nations introduced the concept of political realism that played an instrumental role in the foreign policy of the US.

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Roland Freisler
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Birthdate: October 30, 1893
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Celle, Germany
Died: February 3, 1945

Roland Freisler was a German Nazi judge, jurist, and politician. From 1942 to 1945, he served as the president of the People's Court. As a jurist, Freisler had a major influence on the Nazification of Germany's legal system. He also played an influential role in the Wannsee Conference, which brought about the Holocaust.

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Carl Schmitt
(German Jurist, Political theorist and Prominent Member of the Nazi Party)
Carl Schmitt
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Birthdate: July 11, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plettenberg, Germany
Died: April 7, 1985
Known for works such as Constitutional Theory and Political Theology, Nazi political theorist and academic Carl Schmitt explored liberalism and the Weimar Republic. He was banned from teaching by the Allied powers after World War II but continued producing works such as Ex Captivitate Salus.
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Thomas Bach
(Lawyer)
Thomas Bach
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Birthdate: December 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
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Guido Westerwelle
(Jurist, Politician, Lawyer, Writer)
Guido Westerwelle
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Birthdate: December 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bad Honnef
Died: March 18, 2016
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Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger
(Lawyer, Businessman)
Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger
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Birthdate: February 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich, West Germany
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Friedrich Merz
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Birthdate: November 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brilon, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Horst Mahler
(German Far-Left Political Activist Who Later Turned to Right-Wing Politics)
Horst Mahler
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Birthdate: January 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chojnów

German political activist and a founder-member of the Red Army Faction, Horst Mahler also supported Maoism, before becoming a neo-Nazi lawyer. He later turned to rightist politics and became a prominent Holocaust denier and a National Democratic Party member. He was jailed in 2009 for spreading racial hatred and released in 2020.

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Gustav Ritter von Kahr
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Birthdate: November 29, 1862
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Weissenburg, Germany
Died: June 30, 1934
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Richard von Weizsaecker
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Birthdate: April 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Free People's State of Württemberg, Weimar Republic
Died: January 31, 2015
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Ferdinand Lassalle
(Writer, Politician, Economist, Lawyer, Philosopher)
Ferdinand Lassalle
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Birthdate: April 11, 1825
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wrocław
Died: August 31, 1864

Enamoured by the ideas of French and German philosophers, Ferdinand Lassalle initially aspired to be a lecturer. He later joined the socialist cause and spearheaded Germany’s social democratic movement. He also introduced terms such as the iron law of wages and concepts such as Lassallism, or achieving socialist ideals through the state.

Fabian von Schlabrendorff
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Birthdate: July 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halle (Saale), Germany
Died: September 3, 1980
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Georg Konrad Morgen
(Judge, Jurist)
Georg Konrad Morgen
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Birthdate: June 8, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: February 4, 1982
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Wilhelm Stuckart
(Lawyer, Judge, Politician, Jurist)
Wilhelm Stuckart
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Birthdate: November 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wiesbaden
Died: November 15, 1953
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Roman Herzog
(President of Germany (1994 - 1999))
Roman Herzog
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Birthdate: April 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Landshut, Germany
Died: January 10, 2017

A doctorate in law, Roman Herzog had initially been a teaching assistant and then a political science professor. Stepping into politics later, he was elected as the first German president following the reunification of Germany. Apart from an honorary knighthood, he also won the Charlemagne Prize.

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Gregor Gysi
(Member of the Bundestag)
Gregor Gysi
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Birthdate: January 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
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Wilhelm Marx
(Politician, Judge)
Wilhelm Marx
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Birthdate: January 15, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cologne
Died: August 5, 1946

Roman Catholic Centre Party leader and two-time German chancellor Wilhelm Marx was a jurist and the founder of the Catholic Schools Organization. Best known for accepting the Dawes Plan for World War I reparations, he was charged with the Volksvereinsprozeß during the Nazi regime.

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Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
(German Lawyer and Jurist Who is Regarded as a Pioneer of Sexology and the Modern Gay Rights Movement)
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
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Birthdate: August 28, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aurich, Germany
Died: July 14, 1895

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was a German lawyer, journalist, jurist, and writer. Today, he is widely regarded as a pioneer of the modern gay rights movement and sexology. Ulrichs is considered the first openly gay man in the history of mankind. In August 1867, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs urged the goverment to revoke anti-homosexual laws, becoming the first homosexual to do so.

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Bernhard Schlink
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Birthdate: July 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Großdornberg, Germany
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Heinz Jost
(Politician, Lawyer)
Heinz Jost
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Birthdate: July 9, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Homberg (Efze)
Died: November 12, 1964
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Otto Rasch
(Former Nazi official and Holocaust perpetrator, who commanded Einsatzgruppe C in northern and central Ukraine until October 1941)
Otto Rasch
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Birthdate: December 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Friedrichsruh, Aumühle, Germany
Died: November 1, 1948
Ferdinand von Bismarck
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Birthdate: November 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: July 23, 2019
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Konrad Henlein
(Politician, Lawyer, Q23017329)
Konrad Henlein
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Birthdate: May 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vratislavice nad Nisou
Died: May 10, 1945
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Wolfgang Vogel
(Lawyer Who had Brokered Some of the Most Famous Swaps of Spies of Political Prisoners Between the Soviet Bloc & The West)
Wolfgang Vogel
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Birthdate: October 30, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bolesławów, Poland
Died: August 21, 2008
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Geoffrey Elton
(Writer, Historian of the modern age, Historian, University teacher, Lawyer)
Geoffrey Elton
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Birthdate: August 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tübingen
Died: December 3, 1994

Born to Jewish scholars in Germany, Geoffrey Elton later moved with his family, first to Czechoslovakia and then to Britain. He grew up to become a renowned historian who specialized in the Tudor period. He also taught history at Cambridge and penned books such as England Under the Tudors.

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Hans Lammers
(Judge, Politician, Jurist)
Hans Lammers
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Birthdate: May 27, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lubliniec
Died: January 4, 1962
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Franz Walter Stahlecker
(Former commander of the SS security forces and the Sicherheitsdienst (SD)) for the Reichskommissariat Ostland in 1941–42)
Franz Walter Stahlecker
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Birthdate: October 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sternenfels, Germany
Died: March 23, 1942
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Gerhard Klopfer
(Judge, Politician, Jurist, Lawyer)
Gerhard Klopfer
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Birthdate: February 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Schreibersdorf
Died: January 29, 1987
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Albert Battel
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Birthdate: January 21, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prężynka, Poland
Died: 1952 AD
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Samuel von Pufendorf
(Jurist and Political Philosopher Known for His Commentaries & Revisions of the Natural Law Theories)
Samuel von Pufendorf
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Birthdate: January 8, 1632
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zwönitz, Germany
Died: October 26, 1694

Samuel von Pufendorf was a German jurist, economist, political philosopher, and historian. Among Pufendorf's major achievements are his revisions and commentaries of the natural law theories of Hugo Grotius and Thomas Hobbes. In Germany, Samuel von Pufendorf is best remembered as a precursor of an intellectual and philosophical movement called the Age of Enlightenment

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Daniel Paul Schreber
(Judge, Writer, Autobiographer)
Daniel Paul Schreber
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Birthdate: July 25, 1842
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leipzig
Died: April 14, 1911
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Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
(Advocate, Resistance fighter)
Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
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Birthdate: March 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire
Died: August 10, 1944
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Henriette Reker
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Birthdate: December 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
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Hans Luther
(Politician)
Hans Luther
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Birthdate: March 10, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 11, 1962
Friedrich Carl von Savigny
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Birthdate: February 21, 1779
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: October 25, 1861
Ferdinand von Schirach
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Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
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Adam von Trott zu Solz
(Lawyer, Diplomat)
Adam von Trott zu Solz
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Birthdate: August 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: August 26, 1944
 40 
Alexander Kluge
(Director, and short story writer who won the Hanns-Joachim-Friedrich Prize for TV Journalism in 2001)
Alexander Kluge
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Birthdate: February 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halberstadt, Germany
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Elke Budenbender
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Birthdate: January 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Weidenau, West Germany
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Rudolf von Jhering
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Birthdate: August 22, 1818
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aurich, Germany
Died: September 17, 1892
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Theodor Storm
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Birthdate: September 14, 1817
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Husum, Germany
Died: July 4, 1888
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Rudolf Brandt
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Birthdate: June 2, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
Died: June 2, 1948
Helmuth James von Moltke
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Birthdate: March 11, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Krzyżowa, Poland
Died: January 23, 1945
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Günther Oettinger
(Politician, Jurist, Lawyer, Judge)
Günther Oettinger
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Birthdate: October 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stuttgart
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Francis Daniel Pastorius
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Birthdate: September 26, 1651
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sommerhausen, Germany
Died: 1720 AD
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John Peter Altgeld
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Birthdate: December 30, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Selters (Westerwald), Germany
Died: March 12, 1902
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Walburga Habsburg Douglas
(Lawyer, Politician)
Walburga Habsburg Douglas
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Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berg, Germany

The German-Swedish lawyer and politician Walburga Habsburg Douglas serves as the vice-president of the Paneuropean Union and is also a board member of the Institute for Information on the Crimes of Communism. The former parliament member was born in Germany and is the daughter of last crown prince of Austria-Hungary and the granddaughter of the last Austrian emperor, Charles I.

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Hartley Shawcross
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Birthdate: February 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Giessen, Germany
Died: July 10, 2003