Peter Landau

Peter Landau ( born February 26, 1935 in Berlin ) is a German jurist, law historian and canonist.

After attending school in Berlin and Eisenberg, Thuringia Landau studied from 1953 to 1958 law, history and philosophy at the Free University of Berlin, at the University of Freiburg / Breisgau and at the University of Bonn, as well as a postgraduate at Yale University, where he primarily was coined by Stephan Kuttner. After graduation (1964) and Habilitation ( 1968) at Hermann Conrad in Bonn Landau was appointed in 1968 as full professor at the University of Regensburg. Here he served 1970/71 as Pro-Rector of the University and from 1979 to 1981 as Dean of the Law Faculty.

It postdoctoral studies at the University of Berkeley (1977) and a teaching position as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago ( 1984), as well as the appointment as a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences ( 1985). After Landau calls had declined to the University of Frankfurt (1983) and at the University of Berkeley (1986 ), he took in 1987 a professorship at the University of Munich on a chair in German legal history, recent history of private law, canon law, civil law, law and political philosophy at. The event also marked the post as director of the Leopold Wenger Institute for Legal History. 1990/91 he held a research Landau at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. In Munich, Landau was from 1993 to 1995 served as Dean of the Law Faculty. From 1988 to 2000 Landau served as president of the Society for Medieval Canon Law in Zurich; since 1993, he was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main. Another professor at the University of Leipzig refused Landau in 1993. 2002 Landau was given emeritus status; Successor to his chair was Harald Siems.

Landau lives in Munich. He is since 1991 President of the Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law. Landau is a member of the SPD and was a longtime member of the Federal Arbitration Commission of the party.

He is regarded as one of the world 's leading canonists, who has emerged especially by working to medieval canon law and the Protestant church law. In addition, his interest is also the law and political philosophy. Landau received honorary doctorates from the Canon Law Institute of the University of Munich (1997), the University of Basel (1998) and the University of Panthéon- Assas, Paris II ( 2002). 2011 Landau was awarded the Bavarian Constitution Medal in silver.


  • The emergence of the canonical Infamiebegriffs of Gratian to Glossa full professor. Böhlau, Cologne / Graz 1966 ( research on the ecclesiastical history of law and canon law, Volume 5 ).
  • Jus patronatus. Studies on the development of patronage in Dekretalenrecht and the canon law of the 12th and 13th centuries. Böhlau, Cologne / Graz 1975 ( research on the ecclesiastical history of law and canon law, Volume 12 ), ISBN 3-412-11575-4.
  • Canons and decretals. Contributions to the history of the sources of canon law. Keip, Goldbach 1997 ( Bibliotheca Eruditorum, Volume 2 ), ISBN 3-8051-0200-3.
  • Philosophy of law under the dictatorship. Three examples of German legal thought during the Second World War. Nomos, Baden -Baden 2002, ISBN 3-7890-7723-2 ( review ).
  • Basics and History of the Protestant Church law and the state and church. Mohr, Tübingen, 2010 ( Jus ecclesiasticum, Volume 92), ISBN 978-3-16-149455-0.
  • The Archipoeta - Germany's first poet lawyer. New to the identification of the political poets of the time Barbarossa. Beck, Munich 2011 ( Proceedings of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, of Philological - historical class, born 2011, Issue 3). ISBN 978-3-7696-1658-3.