Change of leadership at the Centre of Expertise on Japan

June 02, 2020

On 31 May 2020, Prof. Dr. Harald Baum is retiring from the Institute and, effective 1 June, will be passing on leadership of the Centre of Expertise on Japan to Ruth Effinowicz, Institute research fellow.

China allows for internet lawsuits

May 11, 2020

In China, it has since 2017 been possible to conduct certain court procedures entirely online. The filing of a claim as well as service of the claim on the opposing party is done digitally. The plaintiff and the defendant do not need to appear before court as the oral proceedings are conducted by video conference. On agreement of the parties, the judgment as well can be delivered electronically.

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.


Aktuelle Forschung im Internationalen Privatrecht

Gastvortrag Prof. Dr. Matthias Lehmann: "COVID 19 und IPR/IZPR"
Jun 2, 2020 11:00

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New Releases

Stefan Korch, Leistungs- und Schutzpflichten – Ein Beitrag zur dogmatischen Erfassung des § 241 Abs. 2 BGB, ZfPW 2020, 189–219.
Konrad Duden, Verbraucherschutz und Vertragsschluss im Internet der Dinge, Zeitschrift für Rechtspolitik 2020, 102–105.
Holger Fleischer, Elke Heinrich, Informationsrechte in der BGB-Gesellschaft: Rechtsdogmatik – Rechtsvergleichung – Rechtspolitik, Der Betrieb 2020, 827–835.
Knut Benjamin Pißler, Rechtsinstitute zur Durchsetzung von Verbraucherrechten in China: Klagen im öffentlichen Interesse, Internetgerichte & Co., Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 2019, 355–374.

Harald Baum, Akademische Karrierewege für Juristen in Japan, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 84 (2020), 374–398.
Reinhard Zimmermann, Akademische Karrierewege für Juristen im Vergleich. Einführung in das Symposium, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 84 (2020), 264–267.
Jakob Gleim, Letztwillige Schiedsverfügungen. Geltungsgrund und Geltungsgrenzen (Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht, 439), Bucerius Law School Hamburg 2019, Tübingen 2020, PhD Thesis, XXVI + 354 pp.
Andrew Sweeney, Career Paths into Legal Academia in Scotland, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 84 (2020), 351–373.

Social Media & Videos

Trailer: Amtseinführung von Prof. Dr. Ralf Michaels

Video November 05, 2019

Im November feierten wir die Amtseinführung von Prof. Ralf Michaels als Direktor unseres Instituts, der das Amt in Nachfolge von Prof. Jürgen Basedow angetreten ist. Nach Grußworten von Institutsdirektor Prof. Reinhard Zimmermann und der Zweiten Bürgermeisterin und Senatorin für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung Katharina Fegebank, sprach Ralf Michaels in seiner Antrittsvorlesung zum Thema „Das marginale Recht“.

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