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Professor Schäfer


  • law of obligations (commentary and textbook)
  • history of private law (textbook)
  • history of codification (creation of the German Civil Code, reform of the German law of obligations, Swiss law of obligations)
  • lecture notes on Roman Law
  • comparative legal history (commonwealth history of colonial law and its relevance in the age of globalization)

English and Italian publications

For a complete list (including German publications) see here.

  • Heineccius and the Foundation of German Legal History, forthcoming
  • Codices iuris Lubecensis: A Comparison of Medieval Manuscripts, 9th Conference on Legal History in The Baltic Sea Area, forthcoming 2019
  • L‘interpretazione storica del Codice Civile tedesco: il valore limitato della storia del diritto, in: Revista Aequitas: Estudios sobre Historia, Derecho e Instituciones 13 (2019) 85-104
  • The Ivory Tower Meets Everyday Life, review of: D. Kästle-Lamparter, Welt der Kommentare. Struktur, Funktion und Stellenwert juristischer Kommentare in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 2016, in: Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History Rg 26 (2018) 363-365
  • Judge Made Law beyond the German Civil Code, in: J. von Hein u.a. (Hg.), Relationship between the Legislature and the Judiciary: Contributions to the 6th Seoul-Freiburg Law Faculties Symposium, 2018, 89-108
  • Religion and the Drafting of the Saxonian Civil Code, in: Krakowskie Stida z Historii Państwa i Prawa  Krakowskie Studia z Historii Państwa i Prawa 2017, 10 (1) 1-16
  • Human Dignity: Key Principle of the German Constitution?, in: Collection of Research Papers in Conjunction with the 6th International Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia: Constitutional Values in Contemporary Legal Space II, 16-17 November 2016, 2017, 20-30
  • The Decline of Liberal Private Law in Germany during World War I Quaderni Del Dipartemento Jonico, n. 4/2016, 93-104
  • Playground of Ideologists? Family Law in West Germany after 1968, in: D. Janicka (Hg.), Judiciary and Society between Privacy and Publicity. 8th Conference on Legal History in the Baltic Sea Area (8th Conference on Legal History in the Baltic Sea Area, 3rd-6th September 2015, Toruń), 2016, 175-211