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In remembrance of Gerald Spindler

We are deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of Gerald Spindler, professor at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, who passed away on 11 September 2023 at the age of 62 years. more



September 19, 2023

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law expresses its profound condolences and sincere sympathy to the people of Morocco and Libya in the aftermath of the recent catastrophic events that have affected both nations. more

A broad spectrum of topics in the current ZJapanR

Issue 55 (2023) of the Journal of Japanese Law (ZJapanR) once again covers a wide range of issues in contemporary Japanese law. Topics covered include civil liability for US military bases, private insurance in the Japanese healthcare system, the Japanese Personal Data Protection Act, the right to repair, reform of the statutory scheme on sexual offences, and climate change lawsuits. more

Succession Upon Death: A Comparison of European and Turkish Private International Law

The doctoral dissertation of Biset Sena Güneş, head of the Institute’s Centre of Expertise on Turkey, comparatively analyses the European Succession Regulation, the Turkish Private International Law Act of 2007, and the Turkish-German Succession Treaty of 1929. Her study focuses in particular on conflict-of-law issues and procedural questions that could arise in Turkish-European succession cases. more

Digital Possession

Digital Possession

August 16, 2023

In his recently published Habilitation thesis, Konrad Duden, former research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, focuses his inquiry on the Internet of Things. In so doing, he examines the extent to which a connected device’s digital use is protected by virtue of that user’s owning or possessing the device. more

Mistake Affecting Donation and Testamentary Disposition

Inter vivos gifts and testamentary dispositions are the most important legal institutions providing for the transfer of assets without an expectation of counter-performance. Where the motives for doing so have been based on false assumptions, the question of restitution arises. In his doctoral dissertation Luca Wimmer, former research associate at the Institute, examinesthe legal situation in Germany, France and Austria. more

Antonio Feltrinelli Prize formally presented to Reinhard Zimmermann

On 23 June 2023 at a ceremony of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome, Reinhard Zimmermann, Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, was presented with the 2023 Antonio Feltrinelli Prize in the presence of Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic. more

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