Andreas Humm receives Bucerius Law School prize

November 04, 2022

On 23 September 2022, Andreas Humm, former research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, was awarded Bucerius Law School’s dissertation prize 2022 for his recently published doctoral thesis

In his thesis entitled Testierfreiheit und Werteordnung – Eine rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung anstößiger letztwilliger Verfügungen in Deutschland, England und Südafrika (Freedom of testation and fundamental values – A comparative study of objectionable testamentary dispositions in Germany, England and South Africa), Andreas Humm investigates the limits placed on freedom of testation by fundamental values or morality. He analyses the underlying ideas and critically assesses the views and positions in German case law and scholarship.

Bucerius Law School has been awarding its annual dissertation prize for the year’s best doctoral thesis since 2017. The prize is funded by the law firm Noerr. Professor Christian Bumke lauded Humm’s thesis inter alia for addressing the topic of discriminatory testamentary dispositions, noting in particular its comparative account of South African law. Bumke added that the award-winning work was a breakthrough for what had been a slowly maturing discourse about discriminatory testamentary bequests.

Dr Andreas Humm studied law at the universities of Heidelberg and Cape Town. He was at the Institute from 2016 to 2021. He was a visiting researcher at Stellenbosch University in 2017 and at the University of Oxford in 2019 before completing his doctoral studies at Bucerius Law School in 2021.


Andreas Humm, Testierfreiheit und Werteordnung. Eine rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung anstößiger letztwilliger Verfügungen in Deutschland, England und Südafrika (Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht, 490), Bucerius Law School Hamburg 2021, Tübingen 2022, PhD Thesis, XXX + 497 pp.


Portrait Andreas Humm: private
Awards ceremony: © Bucerius Law School / Kerstin Rose

Go to Editor View