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Eason-Weinmann Lecture

Uptown Campus
Weinmann Hall

 Professor Okko Behrends, one of Europe's foremost experts in classical Roman law, is the 2021 Eason-Weinmann Lecturer at Tulane Law School.

The lecture, titled " The Spirit of Roman Law Re-Evaluated" will be held Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Tulane Law School, 6329 Freret St. in Room 110, the Wendell H. Gauthier Moot Court Room.  A reception will follow.

 Dr. Behrends is a Professor Emeritus at Goettingen University in Germany. He received his first doctorate in law from Goettingen University in 1967 and in 1972 he completed his habilitation (a higher doctorate), also at Goettingen.  From 1975 until his retirement in 2007 from Goettingen University he was professor of Civil Law, Roman Law, and modern history of private law. During these years he also directed the university’s Institute of Roman and Civil Law, and in 2005 he founded and became the director of the Institute of Legal History, Legal Philosophy and Legal Comparison.

                     Dr. Behrends has been a member of the Goettingen Academy of Sciences since 1980 and in 2009 Stockholm University honored him with the degree of docteur honoris causa. Over the course of an academic career Dr. Behrends has also filled important administrative positions, which include Vice-President of the university and the Dean of the law faculty.

Behrends' scientific interest are focussed on the relation between the social reality of law as an entitling and behavior-guiding objectivity supervised by the legal profession and guaranteed by the judiciary on one hand and relevant philosophical thought intent on explaining the human condition on the other. The Roman law of antiquity and the history of CivilLlaw, its modern offspring, have revealed themselves as a particular rich field for the respective questions.

The event will be held both in person and livestreamed. To attend virtually: 




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