Academic Career

Legal Studies in Hamburg and Freiburg

Admittance to the Bar (Hamburg)

Doctorate in Hamburg 

Research Fellow at the Institute

Research Stays in Japan (Kyoto)

Research Stays in the USA (U.C. Berkeley)

Research Grants from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (Univ. Kyoto)

Professorial Dissertation (Habilitation) in Hamburg

since 2010
Professor at the University of Hamburg

since 2003
Research Associate, European Corporate Governance Institute, Brussels

Guest Professor at the University of Tokyo

Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne

since 2008
Coordinator of the academic exchange with the University of Kyoto

Senator of the Max Planck Society

Guest Professor at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon III


  • Vice-president of the German-Japanese Association of Jurists
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies (IZO), Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Australian Network of Japanese Law (ANJeL)
  • Adviser to the Board Director Training Institute of Japan (BDTI), Tokyo
  • Member of the Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé
  • Member of the German Society of International Law
  • Member of the Association of Comparative Law
  • Member of the Association of Professors in Civil Law
  • Member of the European Law Institute
  • Member of the German Association of Banking Law
  • Member of the East Asian Law and Society Association
  • Member of the Editorial Boards of The Asian Business Lawyer


  • Evaluator for the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
  • Evaluator for the German Academic Exchange Service


  • Conferral of the 2019 Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize of the DFG for many years of successful dedication to academic and cultural exchange between Germany and Japan
  • 2019 Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation for efforts toward promoting mutual understanding and goodwill between Japan and Germany
  • Conferral of the 2010 Award of the Stiftung zur Förderung japanisch-deutscher Wissenschafts- und Kulturbeziehungen (JaDe) for exceptional service and performance in the area of academic and cultural exchange between Japan and Deutschland


Moritz Bälz, Marc Dernauer, Christopher Heath, Anja Petersen-Padberg (eds.), Business Law in Japan: Cases and Comments. Intellectual Property, Civil, Commercial and International Private Law. Writings in Honour of Harald Baum, Alphen aan den Rijn 2012 (Kluwer Law International) XXIV, 824 pp.

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