Harry D. Krause

Max L. Rowe Professor Emeritus


Professor Krause studied economics at the Free University of Berlin in 1950-51, received his BA in economics from the University of Michigan in 1954, and earned the JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1958. Finishing 3rd/253, he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was an editor on the Michigan Law Review.

Admitted to the bars of Michigan (1959), the District of Columbia (1959), Illinois (1963), and the United States Supreme Court (1967), Krause practiced corporate tax law with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. (1958-60) and international business law with Ford Motor’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan (1960-63). In 1963, Krause joined the Illinois faculty as an assistant professor of law. Promoted to professor in 1968, he was named Alumni Distinguished Professor of Law (1982-89) and Max L. Rowe Professor of Law (1989-1995). While taking emeritus status, he continued teaching at Illinois until 2007. He was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Bonn from 1976-77, a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University (1984), a visiting professor at the University of Michigan (1981), the University of Miami (1987), and the Culverhouse Professor at Stetson University (1991). In 1992, he received the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Prize and was re-invited in 2004-2005. He was a Guggenheim Fellow (1969-70), an associate at the University of Illinois’ Center for Advanced Study (1970, 1979), a German Marshall Fund U.S. Fellow (1977-78), a Hewlett fellow in Australia (1984), and a German Academic Exchange Service Fellow (1985).

Krause’s government service began with the U.S. Army (1954-56) and much later progressed to serving as U.S. State Department delegate to The Hague Conference on Private International Law developing the Treaty on International Adoptions (1990-93). For the Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, he worked as draftsman-reporter to the Uniform Parentage Act (1969-73), the Uniform Adoption Committee (1979-84), and the Uniform Putative Fathers Act (1985). Governor Edgar appointed Krause an Illinois Commissioner on Uniform Laws (1991-97). Now a life member of the American Law Institute, he served as adviser to the ALI’s “Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution” (1992-2002) and on various ALI members’ consultative groups. Elected to the Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé, he served as rapporteur on U.S. law at the Academy’s Congresses in Uppsala (1966), Teheran (1974), Budapest (1978), Caracas (1983), Sydney (1986), and Brisbane (2002) and as general reporter at Athens (1994). For the International Encyclopedia on Comparative Law, he produced the book-length chapter on “Kinship Relations”. He has been a consultant on family law and social legislation to U.S. congressional committees, state legislatures, and judicial and executive commissions. Professor Krause is a member of the American Bar Association (where he served on the Family Law Section’s Council and as committee chairman). For the Illinois Bar Association he was a council member of the Sections on Family Law and International Law. For the American Association for the Comparative Study of Law, he was a Director 1980-97. Co-founder of the International Society of Family Law, Krause served as its vice president (1973-77) and on the Society’s Executive Council (1977-1999).

Krause has been a member of the board of editors of the Family Law Quarterly (since 1971), the Journal of Legal Education (1988-91), the American Journal of Comparative Law (since 1991), the (Journal of) Deutsches und Europäisches Familienrecht (1998-2001), and the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy. Subsequent to his Humboldt award, he became president of the Illinois chapter of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of America and served on the association’s national board of directors.

Among other subjects, Krause has taught torts, international business, comparative law, welfare and health law, but specialized in family law. He authored or edited more than a dozen books.  (In 2013 the 7th edition of his family law course book (with L. Elrod, T. Oldham) was, and in 2017 the 6th edition of his concise family law text (with J.Myer) will be published by West/Thomsen Reuters). Krause published more than a 100 articles in professional journals and chapters in dozens of books. Two law review issues were dedicated to him and contain bibliographies: Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, (Vol. 12; Issue 2, Spring 1996) and University Illinois Law Review, (Vol.1997; Number 3, Spring 1997). Of current interest are “Marriage for the New Millenium: Heteresexual, Same Sex–Or Not at All?” at  34 Family Quarterly 271-300 (2000), and his chapter “Family Law” in M. Reimann & R. Zimmermann, The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law pp.1099-1129 (2006).


BA, JD University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

Family Law
Comparative Law
International Business
Tort Law

Selected Publications

Full bibliography at University Illinois Law Review, (Vol.1997; Number 3, Spring 1997,pp. 670-675.