Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jürgen Basedow, LL.M. (Harvard Univ.)

Director at the Institute (1997-2017)

Phone: +49 40 419 00 - 316

Facsimile: +49 40 419 00 - 309


Assistance: Eva Wirth

Phone: +49 40 419 00 - 298


Current Information:

Certificate of merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars 2018 awarded by the American Society of International Law for
Jürgen Basedow, Giesela Rühl, Franco Ferrari, Pedro Alberto de Miguel Asensio (Hg.), Encyclopedia of Private International Law, Elgar, Cheltenham 2017, 4033 S.

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Main Fields of Research:

Private International Law, European Private and Economic Law, especially Competition Law, Transport and Traffic Law, Insurance Law


Academic Career:

- Born on September 29. 1949 in Hamburg, Germany, Studies in law and sociology at the universities of Hamburg, Geneva/Switzerland and Pavia/Italy. 1977 Visiting Research Fellow at the Asser Institute for International Law at The Hague, 1977-1978 Research Assistant at the Institute of Comparative Law at Paris; 1974 and 1979 First and Second State Examination in Law at Hamburg, Dr. iur. (Univ. of Hamburg), 1980-1981 Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., LL.M., 1979-1986 Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute, Hamburg, 1986 Dr. iur. habil. (Univ. of Hamburg).

- 1987-1995 Professor of Private Law, Comparative Law, Private International Law, International Litigation and International Economic Law at the University of Augsburg, 1993- 1994 Dean of that Faculty, 1995-1997 Professor of Private Law, Private International Law and International Economic Law at the Free University of Berlin, 1997-2017 Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg and Professor at the University of Hamburg.

- Visiting Professor: Univ. of Ferrara (1989, 1991), Univ. of Genoa (1989, 1991), Univ. of Lyon III (1992, 1997), Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pa. (1993), Univ. of Verona (1999), Univ. of Rotterdam (2000), Univ. of Paris II (2001), Univ. of Tunis II (2002), Univ. of Oxford (2003), New York University (2011 and 2015); Lomonosov State Univ. Moscow (2015 and 2017); Hague Academy of International Law: 1997 Course on International Competition Law (in French) and 2012: General Course on Private International Law (in English); Marco Polo Fellow at the Silk Road Institute of International Law of Xi'an Jiaotong University, China (2008).

- Membership in Governmental Advisory Committees: 1988-1991 Vice Chairman of the German Deregulation Committee (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs), 1988-now German Council of Private International Law (Federal Ministry of Justice), 1992-1993 Committee on the Licensing of Mass Consignments (Federal Ministry of Post and Communications), 1992- 1996 Committee on Transport Law (Federal Ministry of Justice), 1996-2002 Referee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council) for Comparative Law, Private International Law and International Litigation, 1997-2000 Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry of Transport, 2000-2008 Member of the German Monopoly Commission, 2004-2008 its Chairman, 2000-2004 Committee on Insurance Law (Federal Ministry of Justice), 2004-2005 Think Tank on Private Enforcement of DG Competition of the European Commission, 2005-2010 Advisory Board of the German Supervisory Authority for Financial Services (BAFIN), 2013-2015 Commission Expert Group on a European Insurance Contract Law.

- Academic Societies: Titular Member (since 1998) and Secretary General (2006- 2014) of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Member of the Institut de Droit International (2011-2017 Associate, since 2017 Titular Member), 1998-now Member and President (2006-2008) of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law, 1998-2000 Member of the German-American Academic Council, Member of the Group Européen de droit international privé (GEDIP) (since 2000, 2015-2018 President), 1999-2015 Member of the Project Group "Restatement of European Insurance Contract Law", Member of the Executive Board (2005-2009) and of the Advisory Board (since 2009) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht, 2000-now Member of the Academia Europaea, Member of the Scientific Council Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (since 2007), Chairman of the Board of the Deutsch-Türkische Juristenvereinigung (1998-2012), Member of the Board of Trustees (2007-2013) and of the Executive Board (since 2009) of the Hamburgische Wissenschaftliche Stiftung, Member of the American Law Institute (since 2008), Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (since 2009), Foreign Director of the Institute of International Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, School of Law, Shandong University/China (since 2014).

- Honours: 1979 Otto Hahn Medal, Max Planck Society; 1987 Kurt Hartwig Siemers Award, Hamburg Scientific Foundation; 1989 Award of the Stinnes Foundation; Certificate of merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars 2018 awarded by the American Society of International Law for the Encyclopedia of Private International Law; 2002 honorary doctorate in law (Dr. jur. h.c.) awarded by the University of Stockholm; 2008 honorary professorate at Xi'an Jiaotong Univ.; 2012 honorary doctorate in economics (Dr. rer. pol. h.c.) awarded by Leuphana University, Lüneburg, 2012 honorary doctorate (Dr. jur. h.c.) awarded by Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, 2013 honorary doctorate (Dr. jur. h.c.) awarded by Kyushu University in Fukuoka, 2016 honorary doctorate (Dr. jur. H.c.) awarded by Université Panthéon Assas – Paris II, Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (since 2007).

- Academic administration: 1993-1994 Dean of the Faculty of Law, Univ. of Augsburg; 2000-2003 Chairman of the Humanities Section, Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Science; 2004-2006 Acting Director of the Max Planck Institute for History, Göttingen.

Recent Lectures:

01.11.18 -

Privatautonomie als Prinzip der europäischen Zivilrechtsordnung, Privatautonomie als grundlegendes Prinzip des Zivilrechts

  • Location: Tbilisi, Georgien


Court of Justice ‘Light’ – Procedural Options of the Court and Their Impact on Quality

“Researching European Private Law” – Colloquium in Honour of Reiner Schulze`s Seventieth Birthday

  • Location: Osnabrück


The Brussels Regime and the European Neighborhood Policy – Contribution to the Round Table on: ’Future Perspectives on the European Law of Civil Procedure‘

The 50th Anniversary of the European Law of Civil Procedure

  • Location: Court of Justice of the European Union

Recent Publications

I. Edited Works

Encyclopedia of Private International Law, Elgar, Cheltenham 2017, 4033 pp. (together with Gisela Rühl et al.).

Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht, Nomos/C.H. Beck, Baden-Baden/München, since 2017 (together with Patrick C. Leyens et al.).

Special Economic Zones – Law and Policy Perspectives (Beiträge zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht, 117), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2016, XI + 257 pp. (together with Toshiyuki Kono).

II. Books and Monographs

The Law of Open Societies – Private Ordering and Public Regulation in the Conflict of Laws, Brill Nijhoff, Leiden 2015, XXV + 634 pp.

  • Spanische Übersetzung unter dem Titel: El derecho de las sociedades abiertas – ordenación privada y regulación pública en el conflicto de leyes, LEGIS, Bogotá 2017, 623 S.

Private Law Beyond the Nation State - Studies on the globalization and europeanization of private law (Translation into Persian by Alireza Arvahi and Ali Shirvani), Intescharat-e Gahdad, Isfahan 2014, 167 pp.

The Law of Open Societies: Private Ordering and Public Regulation of International Relations: General Course on Private International Law (Recueil des Cours, Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law, 360), Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden/Boston 2013, 515 pp.

  • Russische Übersetzung unter dem Titel: Право открытых обществ - частное и государственное регулирование международных отношений: Общий курс международного частного права / Ю. Базедов, 2016. ISBN 978-5-91768-723-0

III. Shorter Works in Collections, Commentaries, Handbooks and Encyclopaedia

Multiple Facets of Law Enforcement, in: Nicolás Etcheverry Estrázulas, Diego P. Fernández Arroyo (eds.), Enforcement and Effectiveness of the Law – La mise en oeuvre et l’effectivité du droit, General Contributions of the Montevideo Thematic Congress (Ius Comparatum – Global Studies in Comparative Law, 30), Springer, Cham 2018, 3 - 32.

Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht und Justizielle Zusammenarbeit – Zur Assoziierungspolitik der Europäischen Union –, in: Europa als Rechts- und Lebensraum, Liber Amicorum für Christian Kohler zum 75. Geburtstag, Gieseking, Bielefeld 2018, 9 - 22.

Soft Law im Kollisionsrecht – Anmerkungen zu den Haager Grundsätzen über die Rechtswahl, in: Festschrift für Anton K. Schnyder zum 65. Geburtstag, Schulthess, Zürich 2018, 3 - 18.

IV. Journal Articles

The EU Digital Single Market Strategy and Insurance Law, The Journal of Business Law 2018, 455 - 466.

Trippelschritte zum kollektiven Rechtsschutz, Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 2018, 609 - 614.

Consistency in EU Conflict of Laws, Revija Za Evropsko Pravo / Review of European Law 20, 1 (2018), 5 - 27.

V. Conference Reports

Institut de droit international, 78. Session in Hyderabad, 3.-10. September 2017 – UN-Sanktionen, Massenmigration, einstweiliger Rechtsschutz, IPR und Menschenrechte –, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 82 (2018), 382 - 384.

Postsozialismus und Europäische Integration - ZEuPKongress in Budapest, 23.-25. April 2015, Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 24 (2016), 6 - 7.