Inga Markovits

  • 'The Friends of Joe Jamail' Regents Chair


  • LLM Yale

An internationally renowed expert in comparative law, Professor Markovits' research has concentrated on socialist legal regimes, and more recently, on law reform in Eastern Europe. She is currently writing a local history of East German law as reflected in the work of one East German trial court and in the experiences of its users. Professor Markovits also teaches and writes in the area of family law.

In 1995-96 Professor Markovits was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and in 1997, a Visiting Scholar at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, Germany. Her 1995 book Imperfect Justice: An East-West German Diary (Oxford University Press) traces the replacement of a socialist legal system by its ideological opposite in the course of Germany's reunification. Recent Publications: "Selective Memory: How the Law Affects What We Remember and Forget About the Past. The Case of East Germany", 35 Law & Society Review 513 (2002); "Justice in Lüritz", 50 American Journal of Comparative Law 819 (2002).

Recent Publications

  • The Encyclopedia of Law & Society: American and Global Perspectives, by David S. Clark, ed., 60 American Journal of Comparative Law 856 (2012).
  • Rechtssoziologie für Außenseiter, in Wie wirkt Recht? : Ausgewählte Beiträge zum ersten gemeinsamen Kongress der deutschsprachigen Rechtssoziologie-Vereinigungen, Luzern 4.-6. September 2008 43 (Michelle Cottier, Josef Estermann & Michael Wrase eds.; Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2010). <>
  • Constitution Making After National Catastrophes: Germany in 1949 and 1990 [Symposium: Constitution Drafting in Post-Conflict States], 49 William and Mary Law Review 1307 (2008).

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