Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Antonia Sommerfeld

Research Associate under Priv.-Doz. Dr. Rainer Kulms LL.M. (Michigan)

Phone: +49 40 419 00 - 239

Facsimile: +49 40 419 00 - 288


Main Fields of Research:

Business and economic law; European private law; private international law; international and European and civil procedure, international arbitration law

Academic Career:

Study of law at the University of Hamburg and the Université Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Frankreich; First State Law Examination 2016, Hanseatic Higher Regional Court, Hamburg. April 2016 – present, doctoral candidate under Prof. Dr. Peter Mankowski, University of Hamburg.

Scholarship recipient of the Deutschlandstipendium and the FAZIT Foundation. Participant (2011/2012) and coach (2014/2015) at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (University of Hamburg); Member of Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law (AMBSL), University of Hamburg.

2012 - 2013 student research assistant at the Chair for Civil Law with emphasis on Succession Law, Family Law and European Private Law at the University of Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Bettina Heiderhoff); 2014 - 2016 student research assistant at the Chair for Civil Law, Comparative Law, Private International Law and International Civil Procedure (Prof. Dr. Peter Mankowski). Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge (Lent Term 2019). 2017 – present, research assistant at the Institute.

Recent Lectures:


Introduction to German Law – with focus on the judicial system, interrelations of EU legislation and national law of EU-Member States and fundamental principles in substantive law

(for Ethiopian Delegation), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

  • Location: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Hamburg


Schiedsverfahrensrecht in Deutschland - Rechtlicher Rahmen, gerichtliche Involvierung, Anerkennung und Vollstreckung

(vor Richterdelegation aus China)

  • Location: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Hamburg


Commercial Contracts and Incentives for Choice of Law – A Systematic Analysis of the German Reform Debate

  • Location: Cambridge Private Law Centre, University of Cambridge

Recent Courses:

März 2019


Moot Court and Arbitration

China-EU School of Law

  • Location: China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Beijing, China

Juli 2018


Kompaktkurs Vertragsrecht III, Handelsrecht, Sachenrecht

  • Location: Universität Hamburg, Universitätskolleg

Juni 2018


Klausurtraining für die Studieneingangsphase - BGB-AT, Vertragsrecht I, Staatsorganisationsrecht, Grundrechte, Strafrecht-AT

  • Location: Universität Hamburg, Universitätskolleg