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There he was forbidden to exercise his teaching post by the Gestapo until , when he was called to the University of Heidelberg. After the war, he was dismissed from governmental service by order of the American military government, but was able to resume teaching in Forsthoff was a leading author of the Constitution of Cyprus and was president of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Cyprus from to He himself was unwilling to submit fully to the Nazi state, however, and fell in disfavour with the authorities during the war.

In a seminal paper, he coined the term Daseinsvorsorge, introducing the concept of public services to German legal thinking. After the war, although now supporting the democratic Rechtsstaat which he understood as opposed to the Sozialstaat advocated by the Left , Forsthoff continued to support a powerful state subject to only limited judicial constraints and rejected the notion of constitutional rights as a normative framework of society.

Forsthoff was among the few postwar European scholars who maintained adherence to the philosophy of strict legal positivism. His influential textbook Lehrbuch des Verwaltungsrechts also emphasized the comprehensive responsibility of the state for society, preferring to focus on the functioning of government rather than on its possible failure. Partial bibliography[ edit ] Der totale Staat, Hamburg Deutsche Geschichte seit in Dokumenten, 1st ed. Leipzig , 2nd ed.

Lehrbuch des Verwaltungsrechts. Herrmann, Florian In Michael Stolleis ed. Juristen: ein biographisches Lexikon; von der Antike bis zum Jahrhundert in German 2nd ed.


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