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Friends of Jamail Regents Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law

Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow - Class of Spring 2012


Inga Markovits is an internationally renowned expert in comparative law and the Friends of Jamail Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas. Her research has concentrated on socialist legal regimes, on law reform in Eastern Europe, and on the comparison of legal cultures in general. Markovits has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a visiting scholar at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, Germany. Her book Justice in Lüritz (Princeton University Press, 2010; German edition: Gerechtigkeit in Lüritz, C.H. Beck, 2006) traces the rise and fall of socialist law as reflected in the files of one East German trial court; it was the co-recipient of the Willard Hurst Prize for the best book in socio-legal history in 2010. Her other publications include Imperfect Justice (Oxford, 1995; German edition: Die Abwicklung: Ein Tagebuch zum Ende der DDR-Justiz, Beck, 1993)), and Sozialistisches und bürgerliches Zivilrechtsdenken in der DDR (Verlag Wissenschaft und Politik, 1969).