Honory doctorates 2002

Dr. Mr. G.E. (Gerard) Langemeijer

Honorary supervisor Prof. mr C. Bronkhorst - 1972 – Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid

Gerard Eduard Langemeijer (Dieren, 1903–Bloemendaal, 1990) was an authoritative Dutch lawyer, procurator general at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, and full professor. He studied law at Leiden University and obtained his PhD there in 1927 on substitution of property.

Dr. mr. G.E. Langemeijer

He then became a lawyer in The Hague until he was appointed as a public prosecutor in 1929. In 1939, he became a judge in Amsterdam. In World War II, he was arrested, presumably because of his publications in the Nederlands Juristenblad and transferred to the hostage camp in Sint-Michielsgestel, where he was detained until March 1, 1944—just like several professors from Tilburg.

Langemeijer was one of the lawyers who took the initiative after the war to establish contacts with German lawyers who were working on restoring justice in Germany. He was also appointed as a lawyer-treasurer to the Special Court of Cassation, an appeal body for war criminals and collaborators. He would hold this position until the dissolution of that Court in 1950. In the meantime, he had been appointed advocate general at the Supreme Court, where he was procurator general from 1957 to 1973. From 1964 to 1976, Langemeijer was government commissioner for book three of the New Civil Code. He also served as vice-Chair of the Government Committeen on Dutch Civil Law.

When he was awarded his honorary doctorate, Langemeijer had already received several awards, including the Joost van de Vondel Prize (1978, Münster), honorary doctorates from the universities of Leuven, Münster, and Ghent, and was appointed Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion (1949) and Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau (1961).

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