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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Giesela Rühl appointed as professor


Priv.-Doz. Dr. Giesela Rühl, former research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, was appointed as professor of law at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena on 15 December 2010.

Prof. Dr. Giesela Rühl, LLM (Berkeley) was employed at the Institute as a research associate (1999-2004) and research fellow (2005-2008). She received her professorial qualification from the Law Faculty of the University of Hamburg in February 2010 based on her post-doctoral dissertation (Habilitation): "Statut und Effizienz. Ökonomische Überlegungen zum Internationalen Privatrecht" (Legislation and Efficiency: Economic Perspectives on Private International Law).

Recognition for Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Klaus J. Hopt


The second volume of "Twentieth Century German Civil Law Instructors Described by their Students", compiled by Stefan Grundman and Karl Riesenhuber and recently released by De Gruyter publications, places Klaus J. Hopt, Director Emeritus of the Institute in amongst the ranks of some of the most renowned thinkers in the intellectual development of German language civil jurisprudence.

This two volume edition is based on a lecture series of the same title, which the editors began presenting in 2005 and continued over 10 semesters at the Humboldt University of Berlin, the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and the Ruhr University of Bochum. On 12 November 2010, Stefan Grundmann, Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin dedicated the last lecture in this series to his instructor Klaus J. Hopt. His presentation drew on their long-term personal relationship, to praise Hopt’s interdisciplinary and international work, his influence on the development of legislation and the breadth, scope and intensity of his effect as an instructor.