German jurist; born at Altona Aug. 17, 1800; died at Kiel Aug. 9, 1856; educated at the Johanneum of Hamburg and the universities of Göttingen, Heidelberg, Kiel, and Copenhagen. The year 1826 was passed partly in Berlin and partly in travel through Germany, France, and Switzerland. After practising as an attorney at Hamburg from 1826 to 1830, he was appointed assistant professor at Halle, where he remained until 1842, when he was called to Breslau as full professor. In 1854 he was transferred to Kiel. Wilda, who was the founder of comparative jurisprudence, was the author of the following works: "Das Gildewesen im Mittelalter" (Halle, 1831; 2d ed., Berlin, 1838); and "Das Strafrecht der Germanen" (Halle, 1842), a volume forming the second part of his "Geschichte des Deutschen Rechtes." In 1838 he founded, in collaboration with Reyscher, the "Zeitschrift für Deutsches Recht," which was published first at Tübingen and later at Leipsic, and was discontinued in 1861.

  • Jüdisches Athenœum, pp. 244-245;
  • Meyers Konversations-Lexikon;
  • Brockhaus Konversations-Lexikon.
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