Centres of Expertise

A long-term focus on analysis of foreign laws is one of the Institute’s main research priorities. Our regional centres of expertise provide academic support to transformational processes and reforms in legal orders that are subject to particularly dynamic development. These centres are also devoted to developing a depth of knowledge about economically important legal orders that are relatively inaccessible due to language difficulties. Regionally, we focus on China and Korea, Japan, Islamic countries and Latin America.

Centre of Expertise on China and Korea
Das Institut führt ein für Deutschland in dieser Form einmaliges Kompetenzzentrum für die Rechtsordnungen Chinas und Koreas. Seine Forschung dokumentiert die Entwicklung des Zivilrechts in dieser dynamischen Region Ostasiens mit einem Schwerpunkt auf dem Recht der Volksrepublik China und der Republik Korea. Das Kompetenzzentrum zeigt rechtsvergleichend Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede zu anderen Rechtssystemen auf und geht der Frage nach, welche politischen, sozialen und gesellschaftlichen Verhältnisse hinter den jeweiligen Regelungen stehen. more
Centre of Expertise on Japan
The Centre of Expertise on Japan at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg is one of Europe’s leading contact points for legal questions concerning Japanese civil, commercial and economic law. Its extensive research is informed by a well-established network of scholarly contacts with top universities and other institutions in Japan as well as close personal ties with Japanese colleagues. more
Centre of Expertise on Latin America
The Latin America Unit at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg is one of the most important competence centres for Latin American private law and business law in Germany and Europe. Together with the long-existing focal point on the law of the Mercosur, Brazilian law is a particular subject of academic inquiry. more
Centre of Expertise on Turkey
Modern Turkish law has absored many influences from the European arena and is a foreign legal system having great practical relevance in Germany and the EU. This fact is not surprising in light of the historical links between Turkey – and the former Ottoman Empire – and EU Member States, especially in economic terms. Founded 60 years after the conclusion of the recruitment agreement between Germany and Turkey, the MPI’s Centre of Expertise on Turkey is dedicated both to answering theoretical questions and to providing concrete assistance with problems arising in legal practice more
Centre for the Application of Foreign Law
It is no longer possible to imagine legal relations among individuals and businesses today without the defining features of migration, globalization, and the European internal market. With national boundaries increasingly posing no obstacle to the arrangement of one’s personal and business affairs, German courts are seeing more and more litigation in which the dispositive rules of law are those of a foreign state even though the case is being tried in Germany. The Centre of Expertise for the Application of Foreign Law is tasked with responding to the questions and issues this raises from scholarly as well as from practical standpoints. more
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