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Unformatted text preview: Levitt's Comparative Law Index: Comparative Legal Systems Class: Quiz 1 1/19/09 10:04 AM Welcome to Levitt's Comparative Law Links Page: Comparative
Legal Systems Class:
THE PROCESS OF UNIFICATION IN GERMANY
Why did the division of Germany occur? What were the legal ramifications of this division?
Students will want to consider the fact that in the territories comprising the German Democratic
Republic a Socialist legal order was in place virtually from 1945 until 1990 whereas the rest of
Germany functioned with a Civil Legal System.
What changes have been made to the constitutional structure of the Federal Republic of Germany to
allow the absorption of the territory belonging to the former German Democratic Republic?
What are the special problems associated with the ownership of private property in former areas of
East Germany and what "solutions" have been afforded under the German Unification treaty ?
What was the "Treuhandgesellschaft"? What was its functions?
Who could make a claim for restitution of property which was confiscated by the authorities of East
Germany between 1945 and 1990?
What are some of the very serious problems (legal and economic) confronting the new Bundeslaender
as they struggle to adapt to a new legal, political and economic system ?
Students will note that this final section of the fifth component requires true abilities in the field of
comparative law. The question really being considered is how does one transform a Socialist Legal
system into a Civil Law system. Clearly, then this question requires the student to consider and
decide what are the essential components of each legal order. Enhancement
Students should look at the German Treaty of Unification
Federal Republic of Germany, Questions and Answers, pp. 19- 28 Web Sites
Berlin in Brief: Culture, Economony, Geography, History, Political System
German- Czech Declaration on Mutual Relations, 1997: Via Gonzaga University Law Library
The German Federal Government Data Locator
The German Information Center via University of Texas
The Germany Embassy and the German Information Center Web Site
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall Falls
German Unification: A Progess Report
The "German question" and its present strategic implications, Virgil George Baleanu, July 1994
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course ACCT 5007 taught by Professor Cherieabaker during the Spring '09 term at Nova Southeastern University.
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