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Imperfect Justice

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Inga MarkovitsRita and Morris Atlas Family Centennial Professor of Law, University of Texas, Austin

ISBN13: 9780198258148
ISBN: 0198258143
Published: August 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This book is an account of the sudden death of Socialist law in East Germany and of the reactions, hopes and fears of some of its survivors. Imagine what happens when overnight a legal system is replaced by its ideological opposite? When people used to being coddled and disciplined by their law have to adjust to a State which expects them to look out for themselves? When men and women trained to serve and to legitimate their political system have to explain their complicity in its corruption? And when in this process of national soul-searching it is the Western victors alone who may ask all the questions? The remarkable transformation of East German law following the collapse of the communist regime and the dismantlement of the Berlin wall in 1990 is related by an author uniquely qualified to understand what happened during this astonishing period. Inga Markovits was born in Germany but has spent 25 years teaching law at the University of Texas in Austin. It was upon returning to Berlin in November 1989, two weeks after the opening of the Wall, that she realized that someone should try to record the events leading up to and following the death of Socialist law.;This book is intended for lawyers and political scientists interested in the process of reunification in Germany and the effects of reunification upon the German legal system. Will be of particular interest to comparative lawyers, it will also interest anyone with a general interest in the role of law in society.

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