|Federal Minister of Justice of Germany|
17 January 1996 – 26 October 1998
|Preceded by||Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger|
|Succeeded by||Herta Däubler-Gmelin|
8 October 1941 |
|Political party||Free Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Marion von Arnim (m. 1968)|
|Alma mater||University of Hannover|
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.
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