Wilhelm Oswald, born 3 March 1900 in Bünzen, died 20 October 1982 in Fribourg, started with philosophical studies at the University of Rome, and changed later to jurisprudence, studying at the Universities of Rome, Freiburg im Üechtland (Switzerland) and Zurich. After having presented his promotion and habilitation thesis at the University of Freiburg, he taught at the law faculty legal philosophy, public law, i.e. federal constitutional and administrative law from 1936 to 1970. Between 1954 and 1956, he was chancellor of his University, and as such he addressed himself with the speech “Formalismus in der Jurisprudenz und materiale Rechtsethik“ to the academic public. From 1948 to 1974 he also acted as a judge of the supreme court of the principality of Liechtenstein.
Carl Hans Brunschwiler (Ed.): Freundesgabe für Wilhelm Oswald, Baden: Baden-Verlag, 1977.
Selected Works of the Author
Wilhelm Oswald: Das Dilemma des säkularisierten Staates – Seine Rückbiegung auf das christliche Menschenbild, Freiburg im Üechtland: Paulusdruckerei, 1944; Idem: Topisches und systematisches Denken in der Rechswissenschaft, in: Festgabe für Wilhelm Schönenberger zum 70. Geburtstag, Freiburg im Üechtland: Universitätsverlag, 1968.