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Frederik Vinding Kruse

Frederik Vinding Kruse (1880-1963) was a Danish jurist. From 1914 to 1950 he was a professor at the school formerly known as Rets- og Statsvidenskabelige Fakultet (Jurisprudence and Political Science Faculty) (today known as the Juridiske Fakultet, or Legal Faculty) of the University of Copenhagen.

He was one of the most beloved jurists of his time and was awarded the Hans Christian Ørsted Medal in 1933 for his five-volume work Ejendomsretten (Property Law).

In 1940 he was offered a position with the German government which he refused, although he had sympathy with the goals of the right-wing political current in Europe.

After World War II, he was accused of having been a Nazi by rival professor Alf Ross, but he continued his work as a legal scholar and author.

Vinding Kruse was an adherent to the pure philosophy of natural law and was a sharp critic of the idea that courts should consist of an elite group to compel the masses toward a higher moral condition by controlling man's natural evil tendencies. In this respect also Alf Ross came to be a major opponent of Vinding Kruse, and the main focus of Vinding Kruse's sharp criticism was Alf Ross' dissertation, Læren om Retskilderne (1926), which was a major factor in Vinding Kruse's recommendation that Alf Ross not remain part of the Faculty.

For an in-depth biography, see Frederik Vinding Kruse (1880-1963): En Juridisk Biografi by Jens Evald (ISBN 87-574-1242-1), published in 2006, Jurist- og Økonomforbundets Forlag (Danish



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