Ulrich Zasius (1461 – 24 November 1535 or 1536) was a German jurist.
In 1499 he studied law at the University of Freiburg, was appointed lecturer of rhetoric and poetry there in 1500 and professor of jurisprudence in 1506. In 1502 he was also clerk of court at Freiburg. On April 2nd of that year, he joined in with an alliance of burghers and scholars to attempt to expel the Jews of Waldkirch. In 1503, he was appointed legal adviser to the university. In 1505 he authored a savage treatise assaulting Jewish parental rights which was published in Strassbourg in 1508. In 1508, he was appointed imperial counselor. Applying the tendencies of the Humanists to jurisprudence, he scouted the strained and barbarous comments of the glossators and endeavoured to restore the genuine text. It was probably due to the literary controversies which he had with Eck, that he at first favoured the doctrines of Martin Luther. After 1521 he was a zealous opponent of Luther and died a firm adherent of the Roman Catholic faith.
|Wikisource has the text of the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia article Ulric Zasius.|
- Guido Kisch, Zasius aund Reuchlin, 1961, p. 36
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.
- Steven Rowan: Ulrich Zasius : a jurist in the German Renaissance, 1461-1535, Frankfurt am Main, Vittorio Klostermann, 1987. (Ius commune. Sonderhefte : Studien zur europäischen Rechtsgeschichte ; 31)
- Roderich von Stintzing: Ulrich Zasius : ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Rechtswissenschaft im Zeitalter der Reformation, Basel, Schweighauser, 1857.