Career paths into legal academia explored in the Rabel Journal 84 (2020)

May 06, 2020

The training and recruitment of junior scholars for a career in legal academia is a topic that has rarely been the focus of comparative research. The Alumni Association of the Hamburg Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law considered this topic at its annual meeting on 29 June 2019. The papers presented on that occasion are the focal point of the latest issue of the Rabel Journal for Comparative and International Private Law.

In his introduction, Reinhard Zimmermann outlines the path that lawyers in the USA must travel to become a professor at a law school, ranging from their legal education and research activities to postings as judicial clerks. This is followed by contributions by Harald Baum, Walter Doralt, Samuel Fulli-Lemaire, Francesco Paolo Patti, Dorotheé Perrouin-Verbe and Andrew Sweeney, which discuss academic career paths in Germany, England, France, Italy, Japan, Austria and Scotland.

The role of the habilitation (the post-doctoral teaching qualification which by no means exists in all countries) is addressed, as are the topics of internal appointments and the competition between academia and practice for outstanding legal minds. Providing not only a panoramic view of how universities in individual countries recruit the next generation of legal academia, the contributions also show the ways in which these career paths reflect peculiarities of the respective of the respective legal systems.


Overview of articles

Reinhard Zimmermann: Akademische Karrierewege für Juristen im Vergleich – Einführung in das Symposium
Walter Doralt: Akademische Karrierewege für Juristen in Deutschland und Österreich
Dorotheé Perrouin-Verbe / Samuel Fulli-Lemaire: Career Paths into Legal Academia in France
Francesco Paolo Patti: Career Paths into Legal Academia in Italy
Andrew Sweeney: Career Paths into Legal Academia in Scotland
Harald Baum: Akademische Karrierewege für Juristen in Japan


Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht (RabelsZ) 84, 264–398

Reinhard Zimmermann, Akademische Karrierewege für Juristen im Vergleich. Einführung in das Symposium, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 84 (2020), 264–267.
Dorothée Perrouin-Verbe, Samuel Fulli-Lemaire, Career Paths into Legal Academia in France, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 84 (2020), 299–323.
Andrew Sweeney, Career Paths into Legal Academia in Scotland, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 84 (2020), 351–373.
Harald Baum, Akademische Karrierewege für Juristen in Japan, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 84 (2020), 374–398.

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