Paternalism in Private Law

Juristenzeitung (JZ), 269 et seqq. (2020)

20 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2021 Last revised: 19 May 2023

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Jörg Neuner

University of Augsburg - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2020


Paternalism is deeply rooted in the German legal system, especially in private law. Hard, soft, and mixed paternalism, in combination with other motives, restrict private autonomy and therefore raise the traditional question of legitimacy.

Keywords: paternalism, private law, behavioral law, behavioral economics, private autonomy, human dignity

JEL Classification: D81, K00, K1, K40

Suggested Citation

Neuner, Jörg, Paternalism in Private Law (March 1, 2020). Juristenzeitung (JZ), 269 et seqq. (2020), Available at SSRN:

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