Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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HELGA SEIBERT (1939–)

Helga Seibert is a justice of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court, the highest tribunal in the country and one of the world’s most powerful and prestigious constitutional courts. Germany’s council of state governments (Bundesrat) elected her to a seat on the Court’s First Senate in 1989. (The Court consists of two senates, the First and Second, with mutually exclusive jurisdiction.) The 16 justices (8 on each senate) are elected for nonrenewable terms of 12 years. Thus, Justice Seibert’s term will expire in 2001. The seat she occupies on the First Senate was earmarked for a female appointee since the Court’s beginning in 1951. She is the fourth woman to hold this seat and at the time of her election, the fifth woman overall to have been selected to this most prestigious body.1


FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Helga Seibert was born in Witzenhausen on January 7, 1939. Her parents were teachers. At the age of 19, looking toward an international career, she embarked on two years of foreign language training at the well-known Language Training Institute in Germersheim. In 1960, however, she switched to the study of law. After spending a year at Marburg University, she went to the Free University of Berlin, in part to observe life in Berlin first hand and to familiarize herself with the special condition of the city as a flash point in the troubled relationship between East and West. She returned to Marburg to finish the university phase of her legal studies in 1964.

Having passed her first major state examination in law, Seibert served briefly as an assistant to Professor Gerhardt Hoffmann in Marburg’s Institute of Public Law. After that, still very much interested in foreign affairs, she spent a year (1965–1966) at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins

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  • Title Page iii
  • Editorial Advisory Board vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884–1966) 17
  • Mary Arden (1947–) 25
  • Anita Augsburg (1857–1943) 31
  • Suzanne Bastid-Basdevant (1906–) 34
  • Miriam Ben-Porat (1918–) 38
  • Myra Bradwell (1831–1882) 45
  • Beverly Blair Cook (1927–) 51
  • Irene R. Cortes (1920–) 62
  • Takako Doi (1928–) 68
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–) 78
  • Brenda Marjorie Hale (1945–) 88
  • Rosalyn Higgins (1937–) 94
  • Leonilde Iotti (1920–) 101
  • Barbara Charline Jordan (1936–1996) 112
  • Sylvie Kanigi (1953–) 118
  • Carrie Burnham Kilgore (1838–1909) 123
  • Helen Kinnear (1894–1970) 129
  • Claire L’Heureux-DubÉ (1927–) 136
  • Jutta Limbach (1934–) 144
  • Burnita Shelton Matthews (1894–1988) 150
  • Beverley McIachlin (1943–) 159
  • Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) 171
  • Constance Baker Motley (1921–) 180
  • Emily Ferguson Murphy (1868–1933) 190
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (1938–) 202
  • Sandra Day O’Connor (1930–) 210
  • Sadako Ogata (1927–) 219
  • Cecilia MuÑoz Palma (1913–) 231
  • Tamar Pelleg-Sryck (1926–) 237
  • Janet Reno (1938–) 248
  • Mary Robinson (1944–) 257
  • Flerida Ruth P. Romero (193?–) 266
  • Simone RozÈs-Ludwig (1920–) 271
  • Wiltraut Rupp-Von BrÜnneck (1912–1977) 277
  • Helga Seibert (1939–) 283
  • Elisabeth Selbert (1896–1986) 288
  • Margaret a. Somerville (1942–) 292
  • Helene StÖcker (1869–1943) 299
  • Helen Suzman (1917–) 304
  • Leah Tsemel (1945–) 312
  • Agathe Uwilingiyimana (1953–1994) 323
  • Simone Veil-Jacob (1927–) 329
  • Bertha Wilson (1923–) 338
  • Appendix 349
  • Selected Bibliography 353
  • Index 357
  • About the Editors and Contributors 371
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