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Gerhard Casper

Gerhard Casper, German law educator, retired academic administrator.


  • Casper, Gerhard was born on December 25, 1937 in Hamburg, Germany. Son of Heinrich and Hertha Casper.

  • Education

    • Legal state exam, University Freiburg, University Hamburg, 1961. Dr.iur.utr., University Freiburg, Germany, 1964. Master of Laws, Yale University, 1962.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Yale University, 2000. Doctor of Laws (honorary), John Marshall Law School, 1982. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Chicago-Kent College Law, 1987.

      Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Uppsala University, 2000.


    • Assistant professor political science University California, Berkeley, 1964—1966. Associate professor law and political science University Chicago, 1966—1969, professor, 1969—1976, Max Pam professor American and foreign law, 1976—1980, William B. Graham professor law, 1980—1987, William B. Graham distinguished service professor law, 1987—1992, dean law school, 1979—1987, provost, 1989—1992. Professor law Stanford University, since 1992, president, 1992—2000, president emeritus, since 2000, Peter and Helen Bing professor undergraduate education, since 2000, senior fellow Institute International Studies.

      Visiting professor law Catholic University, Louvain, Belgium, 1970, University Munich, 1988, 91.


    • The Workload of the Supreme Court
    • Examines the history of the workload problem of the Court, analyzes causes of the increased caseload and its impact on the Court's effectiveness, discusses previous research on the increase, and evaluates the earlier findings and con- clusions in light of statistical data.
    • Author: Realism and Political Theory in American Legal Thought, 1967, Separating Power, 1997. Co-author: (with Richard A. Posner) The Workload of the Supreme Court, 1976. Co-editor: The Supreme Court Review, 1977-1991.


    Successor trustee Yale University, since 2000. Board directors American Academy in Berlin, since 2000. Board trustees Central European University, Budapest.

    Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member International Academy Comparative Law, American Bar Foundation (board directors 1979-1987), Council Foreign Relations, American Law Institute (council since 1980), American Philosophical Society, The Trilateral Commission, since 1996, Order pour la mérite für Wissenschaften und Kunste.


    • Married Regina Koschel, December 26, 1964. 1 child, Hanna.
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    Born December 25, 1937