Comparative Law, Self-Promotion, Translation

FAZ Reviews My Translation of Uwe Kischel’s ‘Comparative Law’

I recently had the honor of translating Comparative Law by Uwe Kischel for Oxford University Press. The book received glowing reviews in the German press, and, after being published earlier this year, also in the English-speaking press. The FAZ recently reviewed (g, paywall) my English translation, and had this to say (my translation): The book does… Continue reading FAZ Reviews My Translation of Uwe Kischel’s ‘Comparative Law’

Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors

Jens Soering’s Guilt and a System Failure of German Journalism

UPDATE: 15 July. Full disclosure: this post has gotten some attention since I posted it. I've made a number of revisions to it after correspondence with people very familiar with the case, who graciously corrected some errors. I'm also reading 'Beyond Reason', the 1990 book about the case, and may update the post a bit… Continue reading Jens Soering’s Guilt and a System Failure of German Journalism

Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Federal Constitutional Court, Police and Prosecutors

The Difficult Birth of the Criminal Plea Bargain in Germany

  If there's one rule of legal politics that applies worldwide, it's that criminal justice is the red-headed stepchild of the law. Most of the people who are prosecuted for crimes are poor, and the state has to pay for the lawyers who prosecute and defend them -- if it guarantees them defense lawyers at… Continue reading The Difficult Birth of the Criminal Plea Bargain in Germany

Comparative Law, Legal Education, Self-Promotion, Uncategorized

My Comparison of German and American Legal Education Published in FAZ-Einspruch

The section for legal commentary of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) just published (in German) a few of my unscientific observations on the differences between German and American legal education. Summary version in English, just for fun: America: Law schools in the USA are rich from alumni donations, land grants, and tuition fees. The facilities… Continue reading My Comparison of German and American Legal Education Published in FAZ-Einspruch

Comparative Law, Self-Promotion

Uwe Kischel Interview about “Comparative Law”

The British Association for Comparative Law interviews Uwe Kischel on his book Comparative Law, which has just appeared in English: In a nutshell (and without name-dropping), my contextual approach is based on the basic insights of traditional comparative law, specifically of the functional method, while trying however to evade some of its misunderstandings and pitfalls. I… Continue reading Uwe Kischel Interview about “Comparative Law”