Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Prof. Dr. Knut Benjamin Pißler, M.A. (Sinologie)

Senior Research Fellow, China Unit

Phone: +49 40 419 00 - 202

Facsimile: +49 40 419 00 - 288

Mail: pissler@mpipriv.de

Main Fields of Research:

Comparative law, Chinese and Korean civil and commercial law, especially securities regulations, contract law, condominium law and non-profit organizations law 

 

Academic Career:

Studies of law at the Maximilians-Universität in Wuerzburg (1991-1993). Studies of Law and Sinology at the University of Hamburg (1993-1996, Magister Artium 2007). First state examination in Hamburg (November 1996). Scholarship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for language studies and research at the University of Nanjing (1996- 1997). Law clerk in Hamburg (1998-2000). Second state examination (2000). Ph.D.-scholarship awarded by the DAAD for research at the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Nanjing (2000-2002). Junior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg (2001-2002). Senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg (since 2002). 2003 Ph.D. Hamburg. Scholarship awarded by the Korea Legislation Research Institute (KLRI) for language studies and research at the Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea (September 2004 to March 2005). Lecturer on Chinese law and governance at the International Center for Graduate Studies (ICGS) of the University of Hamburg (2005 to 2007). Guest lecturer on Chinese business law at the City University of Hong Kong (March 2007). Research at the KLRI in Seoul (November 2008 to January 2009). Lecturer on Chinese law at the University of Goettingen (since 2007) and at the University of Cologne (since 2011). 2013 post-doctorate thesis (Habilitation) at the University of Goettingen. Visiting Professor of Law at the Columbia Law School in New York (October 2015). Since May 2017 Professor at the University of Goettingen. November 2017 visiting lecturer on civil procedure law at Nanjing University.


Recent Publications

I. Edited Works

Chinesisches Zivil- und Wirtschaftsrecht, Band 2 – Schwerpunkt Wirtschaftsrecht (Wirtschaftsrecht international, China), Deutscher Fachverlag, Frankfurt am Main 2016, XLVIII + 587 pp. (together with Jörg Binding).

  • besprochen von: Björn Etgen, Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 24 (2017) 73–74.

Schriften zum Ostasiatischen Privatrecht, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, since 2015 (together with Moritz Bälz, Yuanshi Bu).

Chinesisches Zivil- und Wirtschaftsrecht (Wirtschaftsrecht international, China), Deutscher Fachverlag, Frankfurt am Main 2015, XXVIII + 334 pp. (together with Jörg Binding, Lan Xu).

  • reviewed by: Stefan Messmann, Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 22 (2015), 419–423.
  • reviewed by: Manfred Wandt/Rolf Friedewald, VersR 2016, 305-306.

II. Books and Monographs

Wohnungseigentum in China - Darstellung und Rechtsgrundlagen, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2012, 224 pp.

  • reviewed by: Yuanshi Bu, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 77 (2013), 883-886; Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer, Fachbuchjournal H. 1 2014, S. 36-37; Martin Häublein, Neue Zeitschrift für Miet- und Wohnrecht Heft 10 (2014), VI-VII; CG can der Merwe, Tydskrif vir die Suid Afrikaanse Reg 4 (2014), 788-804; CG can der Merwe, Tydskrif vir die Suid Afrikaanse Reg 1 (2015), 26-38.

The 2011 Regulation on the Causes of Civil Action of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China. A New Approach to Systemise and Compile the Status Quo of the Chinese Civil Law System (Schriften zum Chinesischen Recht, 5), de Gruyter, Berlin 2011, 127 pp. (together with Yiliang Dong, Hongyan Liu).

Gläubigeranfechtung in China. Eine rechtshistorisch-rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung zur Rechtstransplantation (Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht (StudIPR), 203), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2008, XI + 122 pp.

  • reviewed by: Reinhard Bork, KTS 2010, 113-115.

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

Finanzmarktrecht, in: Chinesisches Zivil- und Wirtschaftsrecht, Band 2 – Schwerpunkt Wirtschaftsrecht (Wirtschaftsrecht international, China), Deutscher Fachverlag, Frankfurt am Main 2016, 421 - 452 (together with Lijun Zhu).

Das chinesische Familienrecht vor den Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts, in: Harro von Senger, Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler (eds.), Das Recht der Volksrepublik China vor den Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts, Schulthess, Zürich 2016, 149 - 179 (together with Thomas von Hippel).

History and Legal Framework of the People’s Bank of China, in: Frank Rövekamp, Moritz Bälz, Hanns Günther Hilpert (eds.), Central Banking and Financial Stability in East Asia, Springer, Heidelberg 2015, 11 - 24.

IV. Journal Articles

Bibliography of Academic Writings in the Field of Chinese Law in Western Languages in 2017, Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 25 (2018), 139 - 169 (together with Benjamin Julius Groth).

Bibliography of Academic Writings in the Field of Chinese Law in Western Languages in 2016, Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 24 (2017), 146 - 171 (together with Benjamin Julius Groth).

Foreign NGOs in China revisited: Zwischen Zivilgesellschaft und Überwachungsstaat, Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 23 (2016), 117 - 124.

  • Max Planck Private Law Research Paper No. 16/19

V. Reviews

Review of: Bu, Yuanshi: Einführung in das Recht Chinas. 2., vollständig überarbeitete Auflage. – München: Beck 2017. XXVIII, 376 S. (Schriftenreihe der Juristischen Schulung. 191.), Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 82 (2018), 411 - 419.

Review of: Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia. Volume I: Remedies for Breach of Contract. Ed. by Mindy Chen-Wishart, Alexander Loke and Burton Ong. – Oxford: University Press 2016. XLII, 486 S., Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 82 (2018), 544 - 547.

Review of: Burkhard Hess/Klaus J. Hopt/Ulrich Sieber/Christian Starck (Hrsg.), Unternehmen im globalen Umfeld. Aufsicht, Unternehmensstrafrecht, Organhaftung und Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit in Ostasien und Deutschland, Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht 44 (2017), 303 - 307.

VI. Conference Reports

Jahrestagung der DCJV am 28.11.2014 in Frankfurt am Main „Ein Jahr nach Xi Jinping – Chancen und Entwicklungen im deutsch-chinesischen Wirtschaftsverkehr“, Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 22 (2015), 92 - 98.

Bericht zur Jahrestagung der Deutsch-Chinesischen Juristenvereinigung e.V. (DCJV) „Herausforderungen für Unternehmen in China“ am 11.10.2013 in der Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Düsseldorf, Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 21 (2014), 96 - 100.

VII. Translations

Übersetzung: Gesetz der Volksrepublik China zum Schutz von Märtyrern und Helden, Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 25 (2018), 132 - 138 (together with Benjamin Julius Groth).

Übersetzung: Erläuterungen des Obersten Volksgerichts zu einigen Fragen der Rechtsanwendung bei der Behandlung von Fällen von Zivilklagen im öffentlichen Interesse in Verbrauchersachen, Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 25 (2018), 19 - 23 (together with Salim Bopp et al.).

Übersetzung: Mitteilung des Obersten Volksgerichts zur Bekanntmachung der zehnten Gruppe von anleitenden Fällen, Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 24 (2017), 302 - 353 (together with Benjamin Julius Groth).

VIII. Miscellaneous

Chinese Travel Law: Pragmatic Protection for Travellers Granted by the Supreme People's Court, 2013, 32 pp., http://ssrn.com/abstract=2302480, 07.08.2013.

Corporate Governance of Business Organizations in the People's Republic of China: The Legal Framework after the Revision of the Company Law in 2005, 2010, http://ssrn.com/abstract=1695888, 22.10.2010 (together with Junhai Liu).

Corporate governance (Chinese: 公司治理, gongsi zhili) has become a hot topic in China in the last years. In 1994, the first Company Law came into effect, which was subsequently amended in 1999, 2004 and (with major changes with regard to corporate governance issues) in 2005 (Company Law). The paper, which was part of the Country Reports on Corporate Governance delivered to the 18th International Congress of Comparative Law of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Washington DC in 2010 (July 25 to 31), gives a comprehensive overview on the legal regime of corporate governance issues in the Peoples' Republic of China. Like the other Country Reports the paper focuses on internal and external corporate governance and enforcement with regard to limited liability companies and companies limited by shares. The authors conclude that Chinese company law is characterized by a legal dualism with a separate set of regulations for Chinese invested companies without much (non-state) minority shareholder protection on the one hand and Chinese-foreign joint ventures and wholly foreign owned enterprises with strong (state) minority shareholder protection on the other hand. The consequence is a combination in internal corporate governance of the one-tier and the second tier system with a board of supervisors in companies limited by shares and limited liability companies borrowed from continental European legal systems like Germany and independent directors in the board of directors in listed companies limited by shares following the Anglo-American approach. Regarding external corporate governance the authors conclude that it suffers from an immature market for acquisitions. The introduction of partial offers with the amendment of the Securities Law in 2005 might accelerate the increase of control shifts and might result in a more active takeover market, but it clearly disregards the protection of minority shareholder protection as minority shareholders can only share a part of the control premiums and their right to exit is curtailed. With regard to enforcement the authors find that in China it relies largely on state administrative agencies like the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce and the two Chinese stock exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen. Private enforcement of rights granted to market participants in China is claimed to be doubtful, at least when it comes to shareholders.

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1695888 (Fulltext)