Walter Hallstein

walter Hallstein (* 17. November 1901 in Mainz; † 29. March 1982 in Stuttgart) was a German conservative politician and lawyer.


in Mainz as a son of a Protestant advice of building of governments born, visited it a human High School. After the Abitur it studied on the right of and political sciences in Bonn, Munich and Berlin. it was attained a doctorate to 1925 at the University of Berlin with a legal thesis over the peace treaty of Versailles. 1929 follow the Habilitation with a work over the law governing share transactions and are active as a private lecturer in Berlin. From 1930 to 1941 he is a tidy professor for private and corporate law at the University of Rostock. 1941 he is a professor at the University of Frankfurt. Here Hallstein treated the areas of the comparative law, the society and the international commercial law. 1942 it was drawn in by the armed forces and is used as artillery officer in north France. 1944 he finally came into US-American war shank, where he participated in the war camp Camp Como in the US Federal State Mississippi in the mechanism of a “camp university” for further training.

Already in November 1945 it returned from the shank and used themselves immediately for the reopening of the Frankfurt university. Hallstein did not only become at the 1. February 1946 lecturer at the again-opened university, but in April 1946 also their first free-selected postwar rector. It held this office until 1948 . Besides Hallstein of chairmen of the South German rector conference and directors/conductors of the foundation committee of the university for politics was in Frankfurt/Main.

it received the call to 1948 on a Gastprofessur at the Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (The USA).

In June 1950 Hallstein von Bundeskanzler Konrad Adenauer was appointed as the director/conductor of the German delegation with that Paris conference for the establishment of the European community for coal and steel (EGKS). It became the close familiar Adenauers and codesigned its foreign policy substantially.

Walter Hallstein was from 1951 to 1958 undersecretary of state in the Foreign Office. 1951 he formulated the Hallstein doctrine designated after him. To 19. October 1954 participates Hallstein with Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (CDU) at the first French-German conference in Paris .

From 1958 to 1967 he was a commission president of the EEC, until he was pushed toward Charles de Gaulle to the resignation. It was then from 1968 to 1974 of chairmen of the international European movement. From 1969 to 1972 Hallstein was member of the Bundestag (CDU).


  • the unfinished Federal State. European experiences and realizations. Duesseldorf - Vienna, Econ 1969.
  • The European community. Duesseldorf - Vienna, Econ 1973. ISBN 3-4301-3898-1
  • European speeches. Stuttgart, DVA 1979. ISBN 3-4210-1894-4

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