Prof. Dr. Karl Härter

Affiliate Researcher

Main Focus

The research interests concern early modern and modern legal, political and constitutional history. The research activities focus on early modern ‘good order and police’ / police ordinances (Policeyordnungen), penal law and criminal justice as well as on governance and administration within the pre-modern state and on the Holy Roman Empire as a juridical-constitutional system. A secondary focus lies on the legal history of (particular cities and regions) in Hesse.


Curriculum Vitae

Positions / Academic Appointments

  • 2022
    Retired and Affiliate Researcher 
  • 2005
    Prof. for Early Modern & Modern History University of Darmstadt
  • 2005
    Research Group Leader Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
  • 2002-2004
    Full Professorship (temporary) for Early Modern History, University of Cologne
  • Since 1992
    Researcher, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt/M.
  • Since 1991
    University Lecturer, University of Darmstadt
  • 1987-1990
    Researcher, Institute for European History, Main


  • 2002
    Habilitation, University of Darmstadt, Early Modern & Modern History
  • 1991
    Doctoral degree (Dr. phil.), University of Darmstadt, History
  • 1986
    2nd State Examination (teacher), Seminary of Bensheim, History & Politics
  • 1984
    1st State Examination (teacher), University of Darmstadt, History & Politics


  • Member of the European Science Foundation College of Expert Reviewers
  • Member of the evaluation team of the Centre for Research on Modern and Contemporary History of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2011)
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal „Beiträge zur Rechtsgeschichte Österreichs – BRGÖ“
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the „Turku Medieval and Early Modern Studies publication series“, ed. by the Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS), University of Turku, Finland
  • Member of the Association for Constitutional History (Vereinigung für Verfassungsgeschichte); 2010-2014 Member of the Board and Secretary
  • Member of the Hessian Historical Commission (Hessische Historische Kommission) Darmstadt
  • Member of the Historical Commission for the History of the Jews in Hesse (Kommission für die Geschichte der Juden in Hessen)
  • Member of the Consiglio scientifico of the journal 'Quaderno di storia del penale e della giustizia'
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Transnational Criminal Law Review


Completed Projects

Research Communication

Yearbook 2018 The formation of transnational criminal law regimes in the 18th and 19th century

Yearbook 2007 Pictures in the Law

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