oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Laudatio

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



I first crossed paths with Laurens Winkel during the summer term of 1988 in Fribourg, where I was in my first year of law studies. Our Roman law professor, Felix B.J. Wubbe, was on sabbatical in Cape Town, standing in for Professor Reinhard Zimmermann, who was himself on sabbatical. I was not then aware that these three people would influence my career so much. I well remember the lectures Laurens Winkel gave at that time; lively, and passionate about his subject, he would attract the attention of all the students by constantly moving across Auditorium A. Among other subjects, he taught the law of persons and marriage. I enjoyed the lectures immensely, not only because of the thought that went into them but also because of the manner in which Laurens Winkel lectured, waving his arms around to emphasise what he was discussing.

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