Otto Brusiin

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Otto Brusiin (1906-1973) was a leading Finnish teacher of law. He taught at Helsinki from 1949 on before he was made assistant professor at Helsinki in 1955 and professor at Turku in 1961.

Recorded to have been a stirring teacher, Brusiin was also widely connected abroad. In 1957, he was made first vice president of the International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy.

The focus of his work was on legal history and Roman law. His thought was influenced by modern philosophical anthropology and a sociological interpretation of law. For Brusiin, a legal norm can only be understood as a part of the society that produced it.


  • Letto-Vanamo, Pia (2001). "Otto Brusiin". In Michael Stolleis (ed.). Juristen: ein biographisches Lexikon; von der Antike bis zum 20. Jahrhundert (in German) (2nd ed.). München: Beck. p. 108. ISBN 3-406-45957-9.