Professor Hein Kötz, a former appellate court judge and former director of the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Law and International Private Law in Hamburg/Germany, will receive an honorary degree from Tulane University on occasion of this year's commencement ceremony in May. Professor Kötz, who has close professional ties with many colleagues at Tulane Law School, was a member of the Federal Commission on the Reform of German Contract Law, president of the International Association of Legal Science, a member of the board of directors for the German Association of Comparative Law, and founding dean of Hamburg's Bucerius Law School. He has authored approximately 150 law review articles and three books, including the seminal work Introduction to Comparative Law (with Konrad Zweigert). Professor Kötz gave the Center's annual Eason-Weinmann Lecture in 2011.
The Eason-Weinmann Lecture 2014-2015 will be given by Professor Dr. Bernhard Schlink of Berlin's Humboldt University Faculty of Law. Professor Schlink, a former judge of the State Constitutional Court of Northrhine-Westphalia, is one of Germany's most distinguished experts on constitutional and public international law, and acknowledged for his contributions in the areas of legal philosophy and jurisprudence. He is a Visiting Professor at the Cardozo School of Law and an Honorary Fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford.
Professor Schlink is also one of Germany's most successful novelists and the country's first author to head the bestseller list of the New York Times. The Reader (Der Vorleser), published 1995, was turned into an Oscar-winning movie with Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes in 2008. The volume was followed by several other well-received novels and collections of short stories including Self's Punishment (2004), Self's Deception (2007), Summer Lies (2012), and Guilt about the Past (2013).
Professor Schlink's lecture, which will reflect on notions of justice (Gerechtigkeit), is scheduled for Tuesday, 24 March 2015, at 5 p.m. in the Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room (Room 110 of John Giffen Weinmann Hall) on Tulane's Uptown Campus (6329 Freret Street) and will be followed by a reception in the Law School's Berkett Multipurpose Room.