(...) The book enables lawyers to develop solutions to previously unsolved legal problems step by step in such a way that they convince the opposing side of the content of the legal argumentation, even in the case of a dispute. The following topics are discussed in an interdisciplinary and legal-dogmatic context:

  •     the sources of law
  •     the classical and modern figures of interpretation
  •     the influence of the constitution and European law as higher-ranking law
  •     the demanding concretization of law
  •     the determination of the limits of permissible further development of law
  •     the hermeneutics of facts, which is relevant for practice

Advantages at a glance


- combination of classical and modern methodology

- lively presentation with numerous examples from literature and case law

- in-depth cases to think along with


About the new edition


The 4th edition deepens

  •     decisions on the COVID-19 pandemic
  •     the reasoning style of German courts
  •     the examination of European fundamental rights by the first senate of the BVerfG
  •     the cooperative relationship between the BVerfG and the ECJ in the decisions on the PSPP and Recht auf Vergessen I and II
  •     comments on the relationship between methodology and justice


XLVII, 620 pages

Publisher C.H. Beck, ISBN 978-3-406-77776 9


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"(...) This is a long (550 pages) but highly readable book. There are many examples, illustrations
and summaries; the book has been informed by the English and American way of writing
textbooks which is more accessible than the traditional German way of writing, in particular
when it comes to legal textbooks. Möllers’s methodology brings order into the manifold legal
arguments. The book is a towering achievement which is to be highly recommended to readers.
The reader will find a modern approach to methods of law on national, European and
international level. And he will see that such an approach is still evolving and methods of law
which hitherto seemed rather static have become – or better: are still – a dynamic field. There
is not much more you can ask from a book on the method of law."

Professor Dr. Jan-Hendrik Röver, Munich, in: CML Rev. 2021, p. 229 seq. about Legal Methods, How to work with legal arguments, 2020.