Responses to the Coronavirus in Japanese and German law

Responses to the Coronavirus in Japanese and German law

A virtual conference in times of the pandemic

  • Start: Aug 19, 2020 08:00
  • End: Aug 20, 2020 12:00

In cooperation with the DJJV.

On 16 January 2020 the first coronavirus infection was confirmed in Japan; in Germany this occurred on 27 January 2020. The two countries have responded to the pandemic with different measures, and in international comparison these measures appear to have (thus far) been relatively successful. The pandemic and the consequently adopted measures carry direct and indirect effects for many aspects of life and therefore also for many legal areas. The current situation thus presents a unique point of departure for an up-to-date comparative inquiry.

In the context of the conference – held virtually in Germany, Japan and beyond – three affected areas of private law were highlighted and examined: the law of obligations, labour law, and procedural law. A further panel was dedicated to the public law framework within which private law transactions are occurring in this time of pandemic.

The conference was moderated by Ruth Effinowicz and Prof. Dr. Harald Baum.

Videos of the lectures

All presentations from the virtual conference can be found here for streaming:


Panel 1: Law of obligations

Prof. Dr. Tomohiro YOSHIMASA (Universität Kyōto)

(Lecture in English)

Prof. Dr. Martin SCHMIDT-KESSEL (Universität Bayreuth)


Panel 2: Labour law

Associate-Prof. Dr. Yumiko KUWAMURA (Universität Tōhoku)

Prof. Dr. Matteo FORNASIER (Universität Bochum)


Panel 3: Procedural law

Prof. Shūsuke KAKIUCHI (Universität Tōkyō)

Prof. Dr. Reinhard BORK (Universität Hamburg)


Panel 4: Public law framework

Associate-Prof. Tomoaki KURISHIMA (Universität Saitama)

Prof. Dr. Anna-Bettina KAISER (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


Closing words

Ruth EFFINOWICZ (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law)


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