Georg Beseler

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Carl Georg Christoph Beseler
KGCBeseler.jpg
Georg Beseler
Member of the Frankfurt Parliament
Member of the Prussian House of Lords
In office
1849–1852
In office
1857–1887
Member of the Erfurt Union Parliament
In office
1850–1850
Member of the Reichstag
In office
1874–1877
Personal details
Born (1809-11-02)2 November 1809
Rödemis, Schleswig-Holstein
Died 28 August 1888(1888-08-28) (aged 78)
Bad Harzburg, German Empire
Alma mater University of Kiel
University of Munich
Profession Jurist

Carl Georg Christoph Beseler (November 2, 1809 in Rödemis, now part of Husum – August 28, 1888, Bad Harzburg) was a Prussian jurist and politician.

Beseler studied law at Kiel and Munich. He was forbidden to teach law in Kiel in 1833 due to his political activity, but he lectured at Göttingen, and Heidelberg. In 1835, he became a professor in Basel, 1837 in Rostock, 1842 in Greifswald and 1859 in Berlin.

A liberal nationalist, Beseler was a member of the Frankfurt Parliament where he participated in writing the failed 1849 German constitution. From 1849 to 1852 and from 1857 to 1887 he was a member of the Prussian House of Lords, 1850 of the Erfurt Union Parliament and 1874 to 1877 of the Reichstag.

As a notable "Germanist" opponent of the "Romanists", led by Friedrich Carl von Savigny, Beseler advocated a "people's law" based on Germanic principles as opposed to the Romanists' "jurists' law". The notions of cooperative law and social law later enunciated by Gierke originate with Beseler. He was also involved in liberalising the codes of civil and criminal procedure, and in crafting the 1851 Prussian criminal code.

Beseler was the father of Hans Hartwig von Beseler and Max von Beseler.

References[edit]

  • Stolleis, Michael (2001). "Carl Georg Christoph Beseler". In Michael Stolleis (ed.). Juristen: ein biographisches Lexikon; von der Antike bis zum 20. Jahrhundert (in German) (2nd edition ed.). München: Beck. p. 82. ISBN 3-406-45957-9. 

External links[edit]