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Friedrich Carl von Savigny, Magisterial German jurist, founder of the "historical school" of jurisprudence. A native of Frankfurt (Hessen), descending. Friedrich Carl von Savigny (21 February – 25 October ) was a German jurist and historian. Contents. 1 Early life and education; 2 Work; 3 Ideas and  School‎: ‎German Historical School. Savigny, a prominent German jurist through his concept of Volksgeist Introduction to Friedrich Carl Von Savigny: (21 February – 25 October ).


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In he published his treatise on Contracts Das Obligationenrechta supplement to his work on modern Roman law, in which he clearly demonstrates the necessity for the historical treatment of law.

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friedrich carl von savigny Savigny died at Berlin. His son, Karl Friedrich von Savignywas Prussian minister of foreign affairs in He represented Prussia in important diplomatic transactions, especially in Ideas and influence Savigny belongs to the so-called historical school of juriststhough he cannot claim to be regarded as its founder, an honour which belongs to Gustav Hugo.

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The former marks an epoch in jurisprudence. Savigny sought to prove that in Roman law possession had friedrich carl von savigny reference to "usucapion" or to "interdicts"; that there is not a right to continuance in possession but only to immunity from interference; possession being based on the consciousness of unlimited power.

Friedrich Karl von Savigny

These and other propositions were maintained with great acuteness and unequalled ingenuity in interpreting and friedrich carl von savigny the Roman jurists. The controversy which was carried on in Germany by JheringBaron, Gans friedrich carl von savigny Bruns shows that many of Savigny's conclusions were not accepted.

Savigny formulated an "organic" theory of legal and social co-evolution, arguing that an "idealist" or "rationalist" system of law, "imposed" from above, would inevitably fail to take root. As a result, Savigny argued that a "scientific" jurisprudence must necessarily be approached with a historical sense, first and foremost, to understand the interface between legal institutions and the Volksgeist the spirit of a nation in operation at that particular time and place.

He held that legal science should be both historical and systematic, meaning that it should endeavour to show the inner coherence of the material handed down in the historical sources of Roman law.

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This work also contained his system of international private law. In Savigny was made a member of the Prussian Privy Council.

In he became a member of the commission for revising the Prussian code, and in he gave up his teaching position to accept a ministerial post as head of the newly founded department for revision of statutes.

The Revolution of ended his governmental career.

Friedrich Carl von Savigny

Kantorowicz, Hermann Savigny, Friedrich Carl von. Volume 13, pages in Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences.


Law Quarterly Review Volume 3, part 2: Jahrhundert, der Historismus in der Rechtswissenschaft. Stoll, Adolf Friedrich Karl v.

Savigny, Friedrich Carl Von

Ein Bild seines Lebens mit einer Sammlung seiner Briefe. In he became a member of the supreme court of appeal for the Rhine Provinces.

In he was made a member of the commission for revising the Prussian friedrich carl von savigny. In he was afflicted with nervous illness, which compelled him to seek relief in travel.

His activity as professor ceased in Marchwhen he was appointed "Grosskanzler" High Chancellorthe official at the head of the juridical system in Prussia. In this position he carried out several important law reforms in regard to bills of exchange and divorce.