Claus William Canaris

Claus William Canaris (* 1. July 1937 in Liegnitz) is a German civil practice lawyer and right philosopher.

One attained a doctorate to Canaris 1963 with the writing the statement of gaps in the law and habilitierte themselves 1967 (the confidence adhesion in German private law) with Karl Larenz in Munich. After short Professuren at the universities Graz (1968) and Hamburg (1969 to 1972) is it since 1972 as a successor of Karl Larenz professor for civil right, handels and industrial law as well as philosophy of law at the Ludwig Maximilians university in Munich. 1989 were lent Canaris the Leibniz price of the German research council. Since 1990 it is tidy member and since 1999 vice-president of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and secretary of the philosophical-historical class. It was considerably involved in the reform of the law of contract in the year 2001 (member of the commission achievement disturbance right called up by the Federal Ministry of the law).


  • the statement of gaps in the law, Berlin 1964, 2. , revised edition, 1983
  • system thinking and system term in the jurisprudence, develops by the example of German private law, Berlin 1969, 169 S., 2. , edition 1983 revised
  • the confidence adhesion in German private law, Munich 1971
  • bank treaty right, Berlin and New York, 1975, 2. Aufl. 1981, 3. Aufl. 1988 volume 1
  • right of the securities, 12. Aufl., Munich, 1986
  • commercial law, 23. Aufl. Munich 2000
  • text book of the law of contract volume II/2, 13. Edition, Munich 1994
  • method teachings of the jurisprudence, 3. Aufl. 1995,
  • the meaning iustitia distributiva in the German treaty right, minutes of the meeting of the Bavarian academy of the sciences, class 1997 number 7, Munich of 1997
  • fundamental rights and private law, Berlin New York, 1999
  • law of contract modernization 2002, Munich 2002.

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