Carl Heymann – the entrepreneur

Carl Heymann (1793-1862)

The entrepreneur Carl Samuel Heymann (29 November 1793 - 21 August 1862) was a German publisher of Jewish faith.

The "Carl Heymann Preis – European Legal Award" honours the legacy of his entrepreneurship, his life's work and his political convictions regarding change, the freedom to choose one's occupation, economic development and equal rights of citizens.

On 1 October 1815, Carl Heymann founded a bookshop in Glogów (Silesia), which he later transformed into a leading specialist legal publishing house.

In 1843, the Carl Heymanns Verlag began publishing the Prussian law reporters, followed by the first edition of the German Civil Code in 1896. During his lifetime, Carl Heymann was dedicated to political as well as charitable causes. Following the relocation of the publishing house to Berlin, he joined the Berlin Gesellschaft der Freunde, a social organisation founded by Berlin's Jewish intellectual elite. 

Publishers such as Carl Heymann and his legal successors have left an indelible mark on history and the development of jurisprudence.

By disseminating legislation and rulings, they have not only made the law accessible and more transparent to an ever broader public, they have also made it possible for scholars and experts to engage in open academic debate about the function and purpose of the law.