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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601673

Heinrich Lammasch papers


Contains materials relating to the drafting of revisions for criminal and/or civil law in Austrailia (1906-1910) and in post-World War I Germany. There are also materials relating to Lammasch's participation in Second Hague Peace Conference, 1907-1908.


  • Creation: 1860-1932

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1 collection (12 manuscript boxes, 4 Paige boxes)

The papers of Heinrich Lammasch (1853-1920) span the years 1860 to 1918. There is an additional group of papers which is part of this collection and which spans the years 1918 to 1932.

The papers include correspondence (letters received); holograph, short-hand and typed drafts; research notes; handwritten copies of old laws (not by HL); tabulations; reports; clippings; and other printed items.

The Lammasch Papers consist mainly of drafts of writings of Dr. Lammasch, and of his research notes and drafts for a revision of the Austrian Code of Civil Law, in particular in the field of domestic relations, property law and contract law, and for a revision of the Austrian Code of Criminal Law (1906-1910). There is a small group of folders consisting of notes and materials relating to Lammasch's participation in the Second Hague Peace Conference of 1907-1908, and a holograph manuscript of seven chapters, possibly of his monograph Das Völkerrecht Nach Dem Kriege (1917). Correspondence is almost negligible, and most of the signatures of the writers are difficult to decipher.

The group of material in the Lammasch Papers which post-dates his own relates to the drafting of the Post-World War I (Weimar Republic) new German Criminal Code, with some references to Post-World War I Austria. This group consists of drafts, suggestions, responses by individual States of the Weimar Republic, committee reports, conference notes, records of debates in the Reichstag, and the tentative text (1930) of the Code. It is assumed that the new German Criminal Code took the Austrian Code of Criminal Law of 1906-1910 as its model.

All of these materials are in German.

Historical/Biographical Information

Lammasch, Heinrich, Austrian jurist, educator, legislator.

b. May 21, 1853.

Appointed professor of criminal and international law, University of Vienna, 1889

Drafted new Austrian criminal code, 1906-1912.

Austrian representative at the Hague Peace conference 1899, 1907.

Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration 1900-[1920].

Member of the upper chamber of the Austrian parliament (Herrenhaus) 1899-[1920].

Presided over the last cabinet of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy, October 27 - November 13, 1918.

d. January 6, 1920.

Series List

The papers of Heinrich Lammasch in manuscript boxes are arranged in five series:

  1. Series I. Writings and Other Personal-Professional Miscellany
  2. Series II. Papers on Contract Law
  3. Series III. Papers on Domestic Relations
  4. Series IV. Papers on Property Law
  5. Series V. Miscellany

The remainder of the Lammasch papers are in four Paige boxes.

Within each series and/or subseries individual items or folders are identified by box and folder number. For example, the number 5-2 corresponds to box 5, folder 2.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Possibly acquired with purchase of Heinrich Lammasch's library, 1921-1922. Additional material acquired from unknown source.


Veröffentlichungen von Heinrich Lammasch.

In Buchform.

Das Moment objektiver Gefährlichkeit im Begriffe des Verbrechensversuches, Wien 1879, Hölder.

Das Recht der Auslieferung wegen politischer Verbrechen, Wien 1884, Manz.

Auslieferungspflicht und Asylrecht, 1887, Leipzig, Dunker und Humblot.

Staatsverträge betreffend Rechtshilfe und Auslieferung in Holtzendorffs Handbuch des Völkerrechtes, III. Band, Hamburg 1887.

Studien zum Strafgesetzentwurf 1891, Manz.

Kriminalpolitische Studien, Wien 1890.

Diebstahl und Beleidigung, Wien 1893, Manz.

Das Werk des Strafgesetzausschusses, Wien 1893.

Vorschläge zur Revision des Strafgesetzentwurfes, Wien 1894, Manz.

Grundriß des Strafrechts, 4. Auflage 1911.

Motivenbericht zur österr. Regierungsvorlage einer Strafgesetzreform, 1913.

Die Rechtskraft internationaler Schiedssprüche, Kristiania, Nobelinstitut, 1913.

Die Lehre von der Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit in ihrem ganzen Umfange, Stier-Somlo, Handbuch des Völkerrechts 1914.

Das Völkerrecht nach dem Kriege, Kristiania, Nobelinstitut, 1917.

Der Friedensverband der Staaten, Verlag Neuer Geist, Leipzig 1918.

Europas elfte Stunde, Verlag für Kulturpolitik, München 1919.

Der Völkerbund zur Bewahrung des Friedens, Trösch-Olten, 1919.

Le maintien de la paix, Atar, Genève 1919.

Woodrow Wilsons Friedensplan, mit ausgewählten Briefen, Schriften und Reden Wilsons, Leipzig und Wien 1919.

Völkermord oder Völkerbund? Haag 1920, Martinus Nyhoff.

Processing Information

Prepared by Erika Chadbourn, 1977.

Lammasch, Heinrich. Papers, 1860-1932: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
Language of description

Repository Details

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