Edzard Schmidt-Jortzig

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Edzard Schmidt-Jortzig
Federal Minister of Justice of Germany
In office
17 January 1996 – 26 October 1998
Preceded by Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
Succeeded by Herta Däubler-Gmelin
Personal details
Born (1941-10-08) 8 October 1941 (age 73)
Nationality German
Political party Free Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Marion von Arnim (m. 1968)
Alma mater University of Hannover
Profession Jurist
Website www.uni-kiel.de/oeffrecht/schmidt-jortzig/

Edzard Schmidt-Jortzig (born 8 October 1941) is a German jurist. He currently holds the chair for public law at the University of Kiel. A member of the Free Democratic Party, he served as German Federal Minister of Justice in the Cabinet Kohl V between 1996 and 1998.

Born in Berlin, Schmidt-Jortzig was raised in Lüneburg, Lower Saxony. He studied law and received his first Staatsexamen in 1966, and the second in 1969. In 1984 he became professor of public law at the University of Kiel and also joined the Free Democratic Party.

In the German federal election, 1994 he earned a seat in the Bundestag, and in 1996 he succeeded Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger as Federal Minister of Justice of Germany.

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