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List of notable or famous judges from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top judges born in Germany and even some popular judges who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German judges then this list is the perfect resource for you. These judges are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known judge from Germany is included when available.

Franz Schlegelberger and Roland Freisler are included in this list.

This historic judges from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German judges of note?" and "Who are the most famous judges from Germany?" These prominent judges of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German judges.

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Albert Mosse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Dec. at 79 (1846-1925) Isaac Albert Moss was a German judge and legal scholar. Mosse's importance lies in his work on Japan's Meiji Constitution and his continuation of Litthauer's Comments on the German Commercial

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Albin Eser is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Albin Eser age 83 Prof. Dr. Albin Eser is a German jurist and a former ad litem judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He studied law at the universities of Würzburg, ...more

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Alfred Fischer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Alfred Fischer Dec. at 85 (1919-2004) Alfred Fischer was a German judge. He served on the Federal Administrative Court from 1966 until 1987. Most recently he was chairman of the 2nd Senate. He was a commentator for staff ...more

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Aloys Basselet von La Rosée is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Aloys Basselet von La Rosée Dec. at 79 (1747-1826) Johann Kaspar Aloys Reichsgraf Basselet von La Rosée was a Bavarian official and judge as well as a member of the Illuminati. He was a son of Lieutenant Field Marshal Johann Kaspar ...more

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Bernhard Schlink is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
age 73 Bernhard Schlink is a German lawyer and writer. He was born in Bethel, Germany, to a German father and a Swiss mother, the youngest of four children. Both his parents were theology students, ...more

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Bruno Simma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Bruno Simma age 77 Bruno Simma, is a German jurist who served as a judge on the International Court of Justice from 2003 until 2012. He also currently serves as an affiliated overseas faculty member of the ...more

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Constance Grewe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Constance Grewe age 72 Constance Grewe is a current Judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was born on 14 December 1946 in Stuttgart. She earned her Bachelor degree at Frankfurt in 1966. Then ...more

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Ernst Ludwig von Gerlach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Ernst Ludwig von Gerlach Dec. at 82 (1795-1877) Ernst Ludwig von Gerlach was a conservative Prussian judge, politician, and editor. He was the son of Carl Friedrich Leopold von Gerlach and the brother of Ludwig Friedrich Leopold von Gerlach. ...more

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Ernst Träger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Ernst Träger age 92 Ernst Träger was a German judge. He was a judge in the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany between 1977 and 1989.

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Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde age 87 Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde is one of Germany's foremost legal philosophers and a former judge on the Constitutional Court. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Freiburg and ...more

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Evelyn Haas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Evelyn Haas age 69 Evelyn Haas, born Evelyn Traeger is a German former First Senate Constitutional Court judge and current Honorary Professor of Law. She was the first woman to be elected to the Constitutional ...more

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Everhardt Franßen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Everhardt Franßen age 80 Everhardt Franßen is a retired German judge. He was a judge in the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany and the Federal Administrative Court of Germany, presiding the latter one between ...more

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Fabian von Schlabrendorff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Fabian von Schlabrendorff Dec. at 73 (1907-1980) Fabian Ludwig Georg Adolf Kurt von Schlabrendorff, was a German jurist, soldier, and member of the resistance against Adolf Hitler.

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Ferdinand Kirchhof is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Ferdinand Kirchhof age 67 Ferdinand Kirchhof is a German judge, jurisprudent and tax law expert.

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Franz Schlegelberger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Dec. at 94 (1876-1970) Louis Rudolph Franz Schlegelberger was State Secretary in the German Reich Ministry of Justice and served a while as Justice Minister during the Third Reich. He was the highest-ranking defendant ...more

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Franz Wessel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Franz Wessel Dec. at 55 (1903-1958) Franz Wessel was a German judge. He was a judge in the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in the 1950s.

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Fritz Bauer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Dec. at 65 (1903-1968) Fritz Bauer was a German judge and prosecutor, who played an essential role in starting the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials.

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Gabriel Riesser is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Dec. at 57 (1806-1863) Gabriel Riesser was a German politician and lawyer.

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Georg Konrad Morgen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Georg Konrad Morgen Dec. at 73 (1909-1982) Georg Konrad Morgen was an SS judge and lawyer who investigated crimes committed in Nazi concentration camps. He rose to the rank of SS-Sturmbannführer. After the war, Morgen continued his ...more

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Gerd Bucerius is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Gerd Bucerius Dec. at 89 (1906-1995) Gerd Bucerius was a German politician and journalist, one of the founding members of Die Zeit. He is the namesake of the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and of the Bucerius Kunst Forum, an art ...more

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Hans Georg Rupp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Hans Georg Rupp Dec. at 82 (1907-1989) Hans Georg Rupp was a German judge. He was a judge in the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany from 1951 to 1975.

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Hans-Peter Kaul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Dec. at 71 (1943-2014) Hans-Peter Kaul was a German international law scholar and former diplomat and international judge. From 11 March 2003 until 1 July 2014, he served as Judge at the International Criminal Court ...more

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Helga Seibert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Helga Seibert Dec. at 60 (1939-1999) Helga Seibert was a German judge. She was a judge in the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. She was born in Witzenhausen, and died in Munich. Shortly before her death she won the Fritz ...more

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Jesse E. Eschbach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Jesse E. Eschbach Dec. at 85 (1920-2005) Jesse Ernest Eschbach was a judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana and a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Born in ...more

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Johannes Masing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Johannes Masing age 59 Johannes Masing is a German judge, jurisprudent and public law scholar. On February 15, 2008, he was elected to succeed Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem as sitting Justice of the Federal Constitutional ...more

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John Herkimer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
John Herkimer Dec. at 75 (1773-1848) John Herkimer was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

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Jürgen Kühling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Jürgen Kühling age 83 Jürgen Kühling is a German judge. He was a judge in the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany between 1989 and 2001.

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Justus Möser is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Justus Möser Dec. at 74 (1720-1794) Justus Möser was a German jurist and social theorist.

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Jutta Limbach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
age 84 Jutta Limbach is a German jurist and politician. She is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

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Karin Graßhof is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Karin Graßhof age 80 Karin Graßhof is a German jurist. She served as a judge at the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany from 1986 to 1998. She is currently an honorary professor at the University of Bonn.

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Karl Sack is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Dec. at 49 (1896-1945) Karl Sack was a German jurist and member of the resistance movement during World War II.

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Klaus Tolksdorf is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Klaus Tolksdorf age 69 Klaus Tolksdorf is a German law scientist and the president of the Federal Court of Justice of Germany as well as an Ad-Litem-Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former

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Klaus Winter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Klaus Winter Dec. at 64 (1936-2000) Klaus Winter was a German judge. He was a judge in the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany .

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Konrad Hesse is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Konrad Hesse Dec. at 86 (1919-2005) Konrad Hesse was a German jurisprudence scientist and, from 1975 to 1987, judge at the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. Hesse was born in Königsberg, East Prussia. He entered the ...more

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Lerke Osterloh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Lerke Osterloh age 73 Lerke Osterloh is a German judge, jurisprudent and tax law expert. She was sitting Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in the court's second senate from October 1998 until her ...more

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Ludwig Krämer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Ludwig Krämer age 79 Ludwig Krämer is an important legal figure in the development of environmental law at national, regional and international levels and in particular in the European Community. He is the ...more

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Michael Kerr is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Michael Kerr Dec. at 81 (1921-2002) Sir Michael Robert Emanuel Kerr, PC was a German-born British jurist, lawyer and author. He was the son of German drama critic Alfred Kerr and brother of author Judith Kerr. Born in ...more

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Ninon Colneric is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Ninon Colneric age 69 Ninon Colneric is a German former judge at the European Court of Justice. She studied in Tübingen, Munich and Geneva. Following a period of academic research in London, she was awarded a ...more

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Otfried Nippold is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Dec. at 74 (1864-1938) Otfried Nippold was a German–Swiss jurist, pacifist and internationalist. He was also an academic and a prolific author. Nippold was born in Wiesbaden, Germany as the son of Professor Friedrich ...more

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Otto Kahn-Freund is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Dec. at 79 (1900-1979) Sir Otto Kahn-Freund was professor of comparative law, University of Oxford, and a scholar in labour law.

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Otto Kranzbühler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Otto Kranzbühler Dec. at 97 (1907-2004) Flottenrichter Otto Heinrich Kranzbühler was a German naval judge who represented defendant Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz before the International Military Tribunal at the Nuremberg

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Paul Kirchhof is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
age 75 Paul Kirchhof is a German jurist and tax law expert. He is also a professor of law, member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and a former judge in the Federal Constitutional Court of ...more

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Richard Fred Suhrheinrich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Richard Fred Suhrheinrich age 82 Richard Fred Suhrheinrich is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit serving in Lansing, Michigan. Born in Lincoln City, Indiana, Suhrheinrich earned his Bachelor of ...more

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Roland Freisler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Dec. at 52 (1893-1945) Roland Freisler was a prominent and notorious Nazi lawyer and judge. He was State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of Justice and President of the People's Court, which was set up outside ...more

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Ronald Schill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Ronald Schill age 59 Ronald Barnabas Schill is a former judge, the founder of the German political parties Party for a Rule of Law Offensive and Pro DM/Schill. He served as the Senator of the Interior and Second ...more

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Rudolf Katz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Rudolf Katz Dec. at 66 (1895-1961) Rudolf Katz was a German politician and judge. He was Vice President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.

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Rudolf Mellinghoff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Rudolf Mellinghoff age 63 Rudolf Mellinghoff is a German judge, jurisprudent and tax law expert. Since January, 2001, he is sitting Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in the court's second senate. ...more

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Udo Di Fabio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Udo Di Fabio age 64 Udo Di Fabio is a German jurist. He is a former judge of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, Germany's highest court, where he served as a member of the Second Senate from December 1999 ...more

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Walter Rudi Wand is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Walter Rudi Wand Dec. at 57 (1928-1985) Walter Rudi Wand was a German judge and bureaucrat. He was a judge in the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.

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Willi Geiger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Judges from Germany
Willi Geiger Dec. at 85 (1909-1994) Willi Geiger was a German judge. He was president of the Federal Court of Justice of Germany and Associate Justice in the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.