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Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Media Information
Online version Handwörterbuch des Europäischen Privatrechts


Max-Planck-Institut für
ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht
Mittelweg 187
20148 Hamburg

Carina Schmidt

Library Access
Elke Halsen-Raffel

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg is one of the leading institutions globally for foundational comparative legal research in the areas of foreign, European, and international private, trade, economic, and procedural civil law.

The institute currently employs approximately 140 full- and part-time staff. We offer meaningful positions with a high degree of personal responsibility and creative leeway in the academic, academic service, and administrative areas. The institute is certified as a family-friendly employer.

Support for junior scholars is provided in various ways: Postdoctoral (Habilitation) and doctoral (Promotion) dissertations are supported via the granting of research fellow and doctoral positions. Through various academic events and institutional exchange programmes, the institute specifically assists junior scholars in developing international networks for their research.

Additionally, scholars from other countries have the opportunity to participate in the institute’s scholarship programme.

Scholars whose lives are centred outside Germany can apply for a scholarship to further develop their research projects at the institute.

Scholarship program of the MPI
Scholarships from other organizations


Upon request, legal scholars from outside the institute can obtain access to all of the library areas, including the book stacks and the journal rooms.

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