Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Media Information
Online version Handwörterbuch des Europäischen Privatrechts

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wagner, LL.M. (University of Chicago)

Chair for Private Law, Commercial Law and Law and Economics at the Law Faculty of Humboldt University Berlin


Assistance: Valeria Lühring

Main Fields of Research:

German and European private law, especially contract and tort; German and international civil procedure; comparative civil procedure; arbitration; alternative dispute resolution, including conflict management and negotiation; German and international insolvency law; private law theory; and law and economics.

Academic Career:

Studies in Göttingen and Munich, doctoral degree awarded in Göttingen in 1989 (dissertation on the effects of public licences on civil liability); 1995 LL.M., University of Chicago Law School; 1997 Habilitation at the University of Göttingen (post-doctoral dissertation on private autonomy in civil procedure); 1999 Professor at the University of Bonn, Director of the Institute of German and International Civil Procedural Law and Conflict Management; 2003 Visiting Fellow at University College, London; 2009-2014 Professor of Fundamentals of Private Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam; 2010/2011 Visiting Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School; since 2013 Professor of Private Law, Commercial Law and Law and Economics at Humboldt University Berlin; member of the managing board of directors of the German Association of Professors in Private Law; member of the standing committee of the German Jurists’ Conference (Deutscher Juristentag); board member of the German Institution of Arbitration; member of the European Law Institute, corresponding member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts; 2013: Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities; since 2015 External Scientific Member of the Hamburg Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.