Hesse was born in Königsberg, East Prussia. He entered the scientific field after his education in law. He obtained his doctorate degree in 1950, and was habilited in 1955 at the Georg-August University of Göttingen. His habilitation covered state, administration and canon laws. He received his first ordinary professorship in 1965 at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg im Breisgau. Additionally, he worked from 1961 to 1975 as a judge at the Supreme Administrative Court in Baden-Württemberg.
As a judge at the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, Hesse was a member of the first senate and coined, in connection with the census judgement in 1983, the term of the right to informational self-determination. To solve the clash of civil rights, he produced the so-called term of practical concordance.
Works and writings
- Grundzüge des Verfassungsrechts der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 20. Auflage Heidelberg 1999, ISBN 3-8114-7499-5
- Verfassungsrecht und Privatrecht, Heidelberg 1988, ISBN 3-8114-8588-1