Reinhard Merkel

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Reinhard Merkel (2011)

Dr. Reinhard Merkel (born 12 April 1950 in Hof (Saale)) is a German professor emeritus of criminal law and legal philosophy at the University of Hamburg. From 2012 to 2020 he was a member of the German Ethics Council.[1]

Circumcision Debate

In 2012, Merkel opposed the legal provision for circumcision on underage boys for religious reasons. This is a massive encroachment on the constitutionally protected physical integrity of the child. He sharply criticized the draft law submitted by the Federal Ministry of Justice in an article for the Süddeutsche Zeitung[2] and in a ZEIT interview.[3]

Merkel coined the term "fall from grace" for the German Circumcision Act, which the author, among others, used in his polemic of the same name on the circumcision debate.[4]

External links


  1. REFweb Lebenslauf Reinhard Merkel [Curriculum vitae Reinhard Merkel] (German), Deutscher Ethikrat. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  2. REFnews Merkel, Reinhard (30 August 2012)."Beschneidungs-Debatte: Die Haut eines Anderen" [Circumcision Debate: Another's Skin] (German), Sü Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  3. REFnews Schwarze, Till (1 October 2012)."Beschneidung: Ein kläglicher Gesetzentwurf" [Circumcision: A pathetic draft bill] (German), ZEIT online. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  4. REFbook Jens T: Der Sündenfall des Rechtsstaats: Eine Streitschrift zum neuen Religionskampf. [The fall from grace of the rule of law: A polemic on the new religious struggle] (German). Gütersloher Verlagshaus. Pp. 127. ISBN 978-3579066325.