Civil Law / Economic Law

Although criminal law is best known as the most repressive means of state control, continuities are identifiable in civil-law areas as well. In addition to company law, this is primarily the case for family and landlord-tenant law, where NS ideology had become firmly established in legislative acts and judicial decisions between 1933 and 1945. The study focuses on the effects upon Directorate General I for Civil Law in the FMJ. In addition to civil law, this also applies to the fields of economic law (law of industry and trade). Until now, this aspect and its relationship to Directorate General III for Commercial and Economic Law in the FMJ has not been the subject of much study. But continuity in terms of personnel can be identified there as well.

Initial research results of the IAC can be found in the articles (in German only) by Dieter Schwab, "Entwicklungen im Familienrecht vor und nach 1945" and Jan Thiessen, "Wirtschaftsrecht und Wirtschaftsrechtler im Schatten der NS Vergangenheit," in: Die Rosenburg, edited by Manfred Görtemaker und Christoph Safferling, Göttingen 2013. Also: Eva Schumann, "Fortwirken von NS-Juristen in der Bundesrepublik," in: Die Verantwortung von Juristen, edited by the IAC, Berlin 2013.