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Leibholz, Gerhard
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(Nov 15, 1901, Berlin – Feb 19, 1982, Göttingen) was an expert in constitutional law and a representative of German Cultural Protestantism in exile. Leibholz studied philosophy and law. In 1925, he supported the position – new at the time – that legislators were also bound by the equality clause of the constitution. In Das Wesen der Repräsentation (1929), he declared that “genuine” representation is incompatible with political parties and mass democracy. He also wrote studies on fascist constitutional law (1928), studies on the right to vote (1931), and on the Auflösung…

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Stolleis, Michael, “Leibholz, Gerhard”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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