Media Response

Media Response


25.03.2022, Legal Tribune Online
German lawmakers would like to reform international judicial assistance for US courts. What approach should they take? And does such a reform risk giving away German trade secrets? In a guest essay, Institute research associates Jakob Olbing and Philomena Hindermann address these two question in detail. more


02.09.2021, BR Podcast
According to estimates of UNICEF, approximately 12 million women under the age of 18 enter into marriage each year. In the interview, Institute Director Ralf Michaels and Nadjma Yassari, Head of the Research Group on Islamic Law, describe the phenomenon of early marriage in the context of different legal systems and legal cultures. more
20.05.2021, Völkerrechtsblog
The Vienna talks between participants of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal) raise hope for a lifting of US secondary sanctions against Iran. In his latest piece on Völkerrechtsblog Khashayar Biria, Research Associate and member of the Research Group on the Law of Islamic Countries at the institute, analyzes the structure of financial sanctions and their impact on humanitarian trade with Iran, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
09.04.2021, Tagesspiegel Background (Digitalisierung & KI)
Marcel Grzanna examines in his article the growing use of digital technology in the judicial system in China, where blockchain, big data and artificial intelligence are increasingly supporting the work of judges. Also quoted in the paper is Knut Benjamin Pißler, senior research fellow and head of the Centre of Expertise on China and Korea at the Institute, who refers to the danger of the Chinese state abusing digital possibilities in the legal system (paywall article). more


03.12.2020, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Wolfgang Janisch reports extensively in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on the comparative study on early marriage that was prepared at the Institute for the German Federal Constitutional Court. A team of researchers headed by Nadjma Yassari and Ralf Michaels examine early marriage in the context of different legal systems and legal cultures. See also: Early marriage in the constitutional spotlight. more
02.09.2020, Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland/dpa
The dpa-report discusses companies’ general terms and conditions in terms of both their legality and the traps they may hold; it cites research results from an SSRN article by Jürgen Basedow, Emeritus Director of the Institute. more

Gut gemeint

01.09.2020, Handelsblatt, Votum
In this commentary, Klaus J. Hopt, Emeritus Director of the Institute, considers the proposal to create a single European Business Code that would bring together the heterogeneous EU legal acts. Published in the print edition of the Handelsblatt.
08.06.2020, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Institute Director Ralf Michaels 
examines in this article the ongoing debate regarding Achille Mbembe and the accusations of antisemitism raised in Germany against the Cameroonian historian and post-colonial theoretician. The article appeared first in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and was translated from German by Edith C. Watts for the online magazine Latitude: Rethinking Power Relations for a decolonized and non-racial world. The full article (in English) can be found here. more
04.06.2020, Verfassungsblog
In this podcast episode of the Verfassungsblog, journalist Max Steinbeis talks with Institute Director Ralf Michaels about the current situation in the USA, including the topics of racism, police brutality and the role of Donald Trump. more
20.05.2020, Symphoniker Hamburg
Artistic director Daniel Kühnel talks with Institute Director Reinhard Zimmermann about his work as well as the historical and comparative dimensions of law. more

Was Forscherinnen brauchen, um an die Spitze zu kommen

Hamburger Abendblatt, 24.02.2020
In her article, Theresa Palm writes about the difficulties women face when trying to advance their careers. Dörthe Engelcke, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute, describes her personal way of dealing with such challenges. Printed in the Hamburger Abendblatt, 24.02.2020.
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