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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
COHN, Professor Ernst Joseph (1904-1976)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
9.5 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Cohn, Ernst Joseph, 1904-1976, Professor of Law and Barrister-at-Law

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1904; Standing Counsel on German Law to Rear Headquarters of the Control Commission for Germany, to the Control Office for Germany and Austria, and to the Foreign Officer German Section; Doctor of Law and Professor of Laws, University of Breslau; Assistant Magistrate in the district of the Appeal Court of Breslau; Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln's Inn; PhD, University of London; Visiting Professor of European Laws, King's College London, 1967-1975; died 1976.

Publications: A Guide to Legal Aid for the Poor with Robert Egerton (Stevens & Sons: London, 1947); The Uniform Laws on International Sales Act 1967 A commentary by Cohn, R H Graveson and Diana Graveson (Butterworths, London, 1968); Manual of German law Second edition, 2 vols [Comparative law series. no. 14.] (British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Oceana Publications, Dobbs Ferry, London, 1968, 1971).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred to the College Archives from the Department of Law, King's College London, via the College Law Library.  Memoir donated by Dr Henry Cohn, 2019.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Cohn, 1944-1975, mainly comprising legal opinions and affidavits of Cohn as a Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln's Inn, mainly in regard to cases and clients touching the law of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1952-1975. With the German basic handbook , containing Part two, Administration , Apr 1944, and Part three, Nazi occupied Europe , Oct 1944; Manual of the Allied High Commission for Germany , 1952; annotated typescript entitled 'Comparative jurisprudence and legal reform', (PhD thesis, University of London); file of correspondence in regard to legal matters with Doris Beghahn of Hamburg, 1956; appointment diary, 1952; correspondence of Cohn as Visiting Professor of European Laws, Centre for European Legal Studies, Faculty of Laws, King's College London, 1974-1975; offprints of legal articles by Cohn, 1959-1972.

Also ‘Ernst J Cohn: biography and family memoir’ by Henry J Cohn (son), privately printed, 2019.

System of arrangement

The legal opinions given by Cohn as a barrister are arranged in 16 bundles, ordered alphabetically by name of client; each bundle covers 1-2 years.

Dr Henry Cohn’s memoir of Professor Ernst Cohn is held in the Archives Reading Room.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services of King's College London.

Language/scripts of material

English and German.

Finding aids

Collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Cohn's personal library of legal texts relating to European law, particularly in Germany and Switzerland, is housed in the Special Collections Department of King's College London Library.

Description control

Archivist's Note

British Library OPAC; King's College Library Catalogue. Compiled by Robert Baxter.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with the National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

July 2000, updated November 2019.

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  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • European history
  • German history
  • Government
  • History
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • Law
  • Legal education
  • Legal systems
  • Legal systems
  • Legal theory
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • National history
  • Nazism
  • Nonfiction
  • Political doctrines
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • Public administration
  • Totalitarianism
  • Vocational education
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Beghahn, Doris, fl 1956
  • Cohn, Ernst Joseph, 1904-1976, Professor of Law and Barrister-at-Law

Corporate names

  • Allied High Commission for Germany
  • Inns of Court, Lincoln's Inn
  • King's College London College Archives


  • Germany FR

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