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  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Zivilprozessuale Gruppenvergleichsverfahren. Einvernehmliche Streitbeilegung im kollektiven Rechtsschutz
    2018. XXV + 260 pages. StudIPR 400.


    The debate on class actions and collective redress is focusing more and more on collective settlement procedures. Matthis Peter examines the functioning and efficacy of selected collective settlement procedures from a comparative perspective, and discusses several key problems of this procedural approach. more

  • German Journal of Chinese Law

    ZChinR 1/2018Current Issue: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2018)

    With articles by:

    Kai Schlender, and Markus Fisch.


    Further contributions by: 

    Salim Bopp/Ronja Fischer/Chu-Hee Nam/Knut Benjamin Pißler/Yicheng Zhao, Benjamin Julius Groth, and Frank Münzel.

  • Beiträge zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Issues and Challenges in Corporate and Capital Market Law: Germany and East Asia

    2018. X + 286 pages. BtrIPR 121.


    This volume offers a broad comparative analysis of foundational company law topics in Germany, China, Japan and South Korea. It examines issues of corporate divisions and valuation of shares and its procedure and analyses the civil liability of the company and its directors for false financial statements als well as the corporate law rules on the squeeze-out of minority shareholders. more

  • Journal of Japanese Law

    ZJapanRCurrent Issue: Vol. 23, No. 45 (2018)

    With articles by:

    Narufumi Kadomatsu, Nobuko Matsumoto, Jun Nishimura, Yasuhiro Okuda/Trevor Ryan, Hiromichi Sasaki, Stacey Steele/Kaori Kano, Haruhito Takada/Masamichi Yamamoto, Dimitri Vanoverbeke/Narufumi Kadomatsu, and Andrew R. J. Watson.


    Further contributions by: 

    Moritz Bälz, Mai Ishijima, Hiroyuki Kansaku, Atsuko Kimura, Gabriele Koziol, Maximilian Lentz, Fumihiro Nagano, Mizuho Nakamura, Anja Petersen-Padberg, Philipp Schmidt, Torsten Spiegel, Anna Katharina Suzuki-Klasen, Hiroshi Tanaka, Katsuyuki Wada, and Keizo Yamamoto.

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Der Rechnungsschock: Hinweispflichten im Bürgerlichen Recht und ihre Grenzen. Rechtsdogmatik, Rechtsvergleichung, Rechtsökonomik
    2018. XV + 182 pages. StudIPR 399.


    The rapid advances in mobile communication and mobile internet services often lead to users no longer being able to control the technology – or their tariffs – as desired. The result can be a “bill shock”, the receipt of a bill for an unexpectedly large amount. Eckart Bueren systematizes the relevant German law and analyses the legal system’s response particularly in the field of civil law. His inquiry details the approach of the German Federal Court, critically examining the case law not only from a doctrinal perspective but also scrutinizing it under both [...] more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Die Sicherungsfunktion der Floating Charge in Deutschland
    2018. XXIII + 257 pages. StudIPR 398.


    In German legal literature, the floating charge has been discussed mainly with regard to its all-assets-encompassing scope. Its actual value for a secured party – the right to appoint an administrator or administrative receiver – has rarely been discussed. Fritz Kleweta shows how the concept could be implemented in Germany. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    2018. XX + 322 pages. StudIPR 397.


    The author deals with jurisdiction in rem in the legal systems of Germany, the USA and Switzerland. With regard to a supranational convention on jurisdiction, the question of whether and under which conditions jurisdiction in rem ensures appropriate jurisdiction is considered. more

  • The Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law


    Current Issue: Volume 82, Number 2, 2018

    With articles by: Holger Fleischer, Jochen Vetter, Manfred Wenckstern, Caroline S. Rupp, and Wolfgang Wurmnest.


    Further contributions by: Jürgen Basedow, Haimo Schack, Ruth Janal, Marc-Philippe Weller/Jan-Mark Steiner, Dieter Martiny, Wolf Paul, Knut Benjamin Pißler, Ernst Führich, Peter Leibküchler, Paul Eitel, Stephan von Marschall, Michael F. Müller, Christian Heinze, Mareike Schmidt, Burkard J. Wolf, Achilles G. Koutsouradis, Jan Lieder, Gunther Kühne, Andreas M. Fleckner, Yuanshi Bu, Osman Sacarcelik, Stephan Wolf, Florian Möslein, Gerhard Hohloch, Konrad Duden, Erik Jayme, Christoph A. Kern, Stefan Pürner, Michael Coester, Christoph G. Paulus, Teresa Puig Stoltenberg, Chris Thomale, Harald Baum, Jan von Hein und Olaf Meyer.

  • Beiträge zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Lüttringhaus_VertragsfreiheitJAN D. LÜTTRINGHAUS
    Vertragsfreiheit und ihre Materialisierung im Europäischen Binnenmarkt. Die Verbürgung und Materialisierung unionaler Vertragsfreiheit im Zusammenspiel von EU-Privatrecht, BGB und ZPO

    2018. XXXIV + 684 pages. BtrIPR 120.


    What role does freedom of contract play and what form does it take in European Union law? Jan D. Lüttringhaus studies the guarantees of and approach to substantive freedom of contract in the EU, focusing on the interaction between national and European private and business law. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Wolfgang Junge, Die Kognitionsbefugnis...WOLFGANG JUNGE
    Die Kognitionsbefugnis über Zurückbehaltungsrechte im internationalen Zivilverfahrensrecht
    2018. XXII + 217 pages. StudIPR 396.


    Can a defendant successfully invoke a right of retention in civil proceedings if the court lacks international jurisdiction for the counterclaim on which the right of retention is based? Wolfgang Junge challenges the prevailing view and develops an independent model to determine the admissibility of rights of retention in cross-border disputes. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Gerichtsstands- und SchiedsvereinbarungenCHRISTIANE VON BARY
    Gerichtsstands- und Schiedsvereinbarungen im internationalen Erbrecht
    2018. XXII + 386 pages. StudIPR 395.


    In which way can the parties – based on their private autonomy – determine who is competent to settle their international succession dispute? Christiane von Bary analyses the provision on choice-of-court agreements in the European regulation on succession, comprehensively covers the specific characteristics of arbitration agreements and unilaterally binding arbitration clauses and offers suggestions for their practical use. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Schiedsgericht und GeneralklauselCARSTEN KERN
    Schiedsgericht und Generalklausel. Zur Konkretisierung des Gebots des fair and equitable treatment in der internationalen Investitionsschiedsgerichtsbarkeit
    2017. XXII + 443 pages. StudIPR 394.


    The obligation to accord fair and equitable treatment to foreign investments is central to international investment law. It plays a central role in most investor-State arbitrations. Carsten Kern examines the content of the fair and equitable treatment standard and provides a methodological framework for its concretisation. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Rechtsdogmatik in England
    2017. XIII + 342 pages. StudIPR 393.


    In recent years, new strands of thinking have emerged in English private law scholarship which seek to reveal an intelligible order in the law and to revise the boundaries of accepted legal categories. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Vollstreckbarkeit. Entwicklung, Wirkungserstreckung und Qualifikation im System Brüssel Ia
    2017. XXVII + 348 pages. StudIPR 392.


    The recast Brussels Regulation sets a milestone in cross-border enforcement of civil judgments within the EU because it abolishes the intermediate exequatur procedure. The direct cross-border enforcement brings the law of the state of origin, that of the enforcing state, and European Union law together. Denise Wiedemann explores which law applies to the varying issues that arise during the enforcement procedure. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Independent Directors in Japan. Die japanische Corporate Governance und effektives Monitoring aus rechtsvergleichender Sicht
    2017. XXV + 305 pages. StudIPR 391.


    Japanese stock companies have so far largely been isolated from outside influence. So how does the introduced independent director mechanism fit into the country’s closed system of corporate governance? Torsten Spiegel offers a comparative analysis of the situation, taking into account both the current state of implementation and the mechanism’s institutional framework. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Angstfaktor und unlautere Handelspraktiken. Eine Untersuchung anlässlich des Grünbuchs der Europäischen Kommission über unlautere Handelspraktiken in der b2b-Lieferkette
    2017. XXII + 371 pages. StudIPR 390.


    Till Göckler illustrates the regulatory framework in Germany that aims to protect small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) from unfair trading practices imposed by contracting parties. He shows that, despite SME-supporting regulations, there remains room for improvement in the legal enforcement of that legislation. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    PartGmbB und UK-LLP als hybride Gesellschaftsformen. Eine rechtsvergleichende Würdigung der Haftungsrisiken im Innen- und Außenverhältnis, des Gründungs- und Umstrukturierungsaufwands sowie der steuerlichen Belastung im Inland
    2017. XXV + 327 pages. StudIPR 389.


    Current competition in the choice of legal forms within the European Union challenges the national legislator to meet the practical demands for appropriate legal vehicles. Does the German PartGmbB offer the self-employed a model able to successfully compete with the UK LLP? more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Gleichgeschlechtliche Elternschaft im Internationalen Privatrecht
    2017. XX + 256 pages. StudIPR 388.


    In an increasing number of foreign jurisdictions, same-sex parenthood is possible through the recognition of a second woman besides the birth mother or through surrogacy arrangements. Philipp Weber examines the legal consequences such parenthood models have in Germany. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Der Unternehmerregress beim Verbrauchsgüterkauf im Falle von grenzüberschreitenden Handelskäufen. Eine rechtsvergleichende und kollisionsrechtliche Betrachtung unter Berücksichtigung des deutschen und österreichischen Rechts sowie des UN-Kaufrechts, des DCFR und des Vorschlags für ein GEK
    2017. XXII + 347 pages. StudIPR 387.


    Everyday business in today's economic marketplace would be unimaginable without the supply chains linking producers, distributors and final sellers. But there is potential legal risk at each stage, particularly when the chain's last link has sold something to a consumer. Martin Schröder examines the final suppliers' right of redress in German and Austrian law, looking at how EU and UN directives deal with it and what solutions international private law has to offer. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Der Amicus Curiae im Internationalen Wirtschaftsrecht. Eine rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung des U.S.-amerikanischen, deutschen, europäischen, Welthandels- und Investitionsschutzrechts sowie der Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure
    2017. XXX + 584 pages. StudIPR 385.


    The legal entity of amicus curiae allows information to be presented in court by an impartial person without party affiliation. Questions of procedure arising from this chiefly American practice are the special focus of Sören Segger's broad-based comparative analysis, which also considers an incorporation of the amicus in German and European laws. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Der gewöhnliche Aufenthalt im System des Europäischen Kollisionsrechts
    2017. XXXII + 465 pages. StudIPR 382.


    The importance of habitual residence in European conflict of laws has increased, as have controversies on its use. Bettina Rentsch re-frames the ongoing academic debate with a focus on the relationship between habitual residence and party autonomy. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Die Preisbindung der zweiten HandMAREIKE WALTER
    Die Preisbindung der zweiten Hand. Eine Neubewertung im Licht der ökonomischen Analyse und des US-amerikanischen, europäischen, deutschen und schweizerischen Kartellrechts
    2017. XXV + 399 pages. StudIPR 386.


    Retracing legal developments after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Leegin of 2007, Mareike Walter examines the approach to resale price maintenance within the U.S. and European frameworks. She especially evaluates contemporary economic analysis and implications of the Internet to pursue a fresh assessment of antitrust policy towards vertical price fixing and related practices. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Geltungserhaltende ReduktionALESSIA DEDUAL
    Geltungserhaltende Reduktion. Richterliche Ersatzregelbildung im schweizerischen Vertragsrecht
    2017. XX + 313 pages. StudIPR 381.


    Alessia Dedual investigates the law of so-called partial retention, which describes the reduction of illegal contract provisions to a legally-permitted core. Judicial interventions remedying illegal clauses are thus the focal point of this important study, and are approached through a combination of economic theory and dogmatic analyses. The resulting new and innovative solutions proposed could have a lasting influence on continental European, and particularly Swiss, jurisdiction in the field. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Arthur T. von Mehren und das intern. ZivilverfahreINA VEDIE
    Arthur T. von Mehren und das internationale Zivilverfahrensrecht im transatlantischen Dialog
    2017. XXVI + 417 pages. StudIPR 383.


    Ina Vedie brings the teachings of the American legal scholar Arthur Taylor von Mehren (1922–2006) to the centre of transatlantic comparative law's attention in this volume. She investigates questions of jurisdictional responsibility, cross-border process coordination, and judgment recognition. The influence von Mehren had on the work of the Hague Conference for International Private Law is analysed in the light of the current Judgements Project. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Haftungsgrenzen im französischen Deliktsrecht. Zur Reichweite der deliktischen Generalklausel in Art. 1382f. Code civil
    2017. XXII + 382 pages. StudIPR 384.


    The question of adequately formulating the scope of protection is one of the unsolved fundamental problems of European tort law. The German model of the “three small clauses” stands in contrast to the general clause of the French Civil Code's Art. 1382, which does not require rights to be infringed or property to be damaged. Was the open formulation of the protection a defining characteristic of French law right from the start, or was it rather a result of the way the general clause was handled? more

  • Die deutsche Rechtsprechung auf dem Gebiete des Internationalen Privatrechts

    2015im Jahre 2015
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    2017. XXII + 848 pages.


    This volume contains all 2015 German court cases on private international law and international procedural law (including references and indices). more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Die Haftung für culpa in contrahendo in Polen...MALGORZATA WOJTAS
    Die Haftung für culpa in contrahendo in Polen und in Deutschland. Eine Analyse im Kontext des europäischen und internationalen Privatrechts
    2017. XXIV + 320 pages. StudIPR 380.


    The author dissects the legal differences between the German and Polish legal regulation of precontractual liability (culpa in contrahendo) and examines possible solutions for avoiding the negative consequences of the established national regulatory differences in cross-border business transactions. more

  • Beiträge zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Schadensersatz im UnionsprivatrechtCHRISTIAN HEINZE
    Schadensersatz im Unionsprivatrecht. Eine Studie zu Effektivität und Durchsetzung des Europäischen Privatrechts am Beispiel des Haftungsrechts

    2017. XXV + 700 pages. BtrIPR 119.


    What are the consequences for a damages claim if the right which has been violated is based on European and not national law? This question is addressed by Christian Heinze, taking the fields of competition law, consumer law, product liability law and travel and transport law as examples. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Das Spannungsverhältnis zwischen Schiedsrichter und Parteivertreter in der internationalen Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit. Insbesondere unter den IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration
    2017. XXII + 299 pages. StudIPR 379.


    Arbitrators and counsel both play a crucial role in international arbitration. Sophie-Isabelle Horst examines conflicts of interest between them with regard to the challenge of arbitrators, the parties' responsibility to avoid conflicts and counsel disqualification. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Das Gebot zur Führung des Rechtsformzusatzes im Kapitalgesellschaftsrecht. Verstoßfolgen und kollisionsrechtliche Anknüpfung
    2017. XXV + 192 pages. StudIPR 378.


    In her two-step analysis, Jacqueline Päßler first assesses how German private law reacts to legal form deceptions when limited companies are set up, and then goes on to examine whether these mechanisms can be applied to foreign – and especially European – companies under conflict of laws rules. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Die internationale Produkthaftung nach Inkrafttreten der Rom II-VO im Vergleich zu der Rechtslage in den USA
    2017. XXIII + 218 pages. StudIPR 377.


    Sarah Sammeck examines whether the strict hierarchical order of connecting factors in Article 5 or the more flexible conflict of law rules in New York and in Louisiana provide for the right balance between legal certainty and predictability on the one hand, and the need for flexibility and equity on the other. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Die Vermögensauseinandersetzung nichtehelicher Lebensgemeinschaften in Deutschland und Frankreich. Eine rechtsvergleichende Analyse mit abgrenzender Betrachtung der Vermögensauseinandersetzung von Ehen und registrierten Partnerschaften
    2017. XX + 323 pages. StudIPR 374.


    Nicola Hoischen compares what happens to property when a non-marital relationship ends in Germany and France. She also examines whether a registered partnership similar to the increasingly popular French “Pacte civil de Solidarité” should be introduced in Germany. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Die internationale Zuständigkeit für Schadensersatzklagen gegen Weltkartelle. Koordination der Gerichtspflichtigkeit in Europa und den USA
    2017. XX + 268 pages. StudIPR 376.


    To which courts can parties wronged by globally active cartels bring their claims for compensation? Jonas Wäschle examines this topical question with reference to German and US laws, and in addition explores if it might be possible to coordinate the exercising of jurisdiction in the two systems. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    ParteiautonomieTHOMAS RICHTER
    Parteiautonomie im Internationalen Immaterialgüterrecht Eine rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung de lege lata und de lege ferenda
    2017. XXXIV + 430 pages. StudIPR 375.


    To what extent can parties choose the applicable law relating to intellectual property rights such as trademarks, patents and copyrights? Thomas Richter analyzes the admissibility and the scope of a choice of law with regard to intellectual property rights infringements and contracts under the international private law rules of the EU, the US and Switzerland. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Versprechen und ZufallSUSANNE ZWIRLEIN
    Versprechen und Zufall. Eine historisch-vergleichende Studie zur Gefahrtragung beim Kauf beweglicher Sachen im englischen und deutschen Recht
    2017. XIII + 331 pages. StudIPR 372.


    What happens to a sales contract when the goods for sale perish before the performance is completed? This question raises the fundamental problem of the binding effect of promises. The study offers an analysis of the answers to this problem in English and German law from the Middle Ages until the present day. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Schadensersatz wegen der Verletzung [...]JENNIFER ANTOMO
    Schadensersatz wegen der Verletzung einer internationalen Gerichtsstandsvereinbarung? Eine Untersuchung von Schadensersatz- und anderen materiellrechtlichen Erstattungsansprüchen wegen der Missachtung einer internationalen Gerichtsstandsvereinbarung
    2017. XXXVI + 719 pages. StudIPR 373.


    Jennifer Antomo examines if it would be possible to claim damages for breaches of international choice of court agreements. She analyses relevant foreign case law, and discusses the topic's dogmatic and political aspects from the German courts' perspective. She then goes on to explore the differences arising from the application of the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and the revised Brussels I Regulation. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Die Parteiautonomie im chinesischen ...PETER LEIBKUECHLER
    Die Parteiautonomie im chinesischen internationalen Privatrecht. Das Recht der Volksrepublik China im Lichte eines Vergleichs mit deutschem und europäischem Kollisionsrecht
    2017. XXIV + 292 pages. StudIPR 371.


    Every private international dispute poses the important question of which law to apply. In 2010, the People's Republic of China enacted legislation allowing parties involved the freedom to choose for themselves. Peter Leibküchler offers an analysis of this development in statutory law, literature and state jurisdiction. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Die Bestimmung des anwendbaren RechtsBERIT GEUENICH
    Die Bestimmung des anwendbaren Rechts im Falle der internationalprivatrechtlichen Verweisung auf einen territorialen Mehrrechtsstaat. Rechtsvergleich, Haager Übereinkommen, Art. 4 Abs. 3 EGBGB, Europäisches IPR
    2017. XXXIV + 487 pages. StudIPR 370.


    In the case of a legal dispute with an international dimension and a link to a territorial multi-unit state, how can a single territorial unit be determined whose law is to be applied? By considering the historical origins of this issue in jurisprudence and examining the development of provisions in the Hague Conventions, [...] more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Erwerb mit Mitteln der ErbschaftDOMINIK RUSSMANN
    Erwerb mit Mitteln der Erbschaft. Die rechtsgeschäftliche dingliche Surrogation gemäß §§ 2019 I, 2111 I 1 BGB vor dem Hintergrund des »tracing« im englischen Recht
    2017. XX + 377 pages. StudIPR 369.


    A functioning law of real subrogation has to be able to identify substitute assets even under complex conditions. With the help of English tracing law, Dominik Rußmann develops identification rules for ss. 2019 (1), 2111 (1) of the German Civil Code. The author focuses on issues of property and succession law and how these are tied up with insolvency law. He offers new solutions for a host of problematic and disputed situations. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Alternative Initial Public Offering ModelsAXEL MOELLER
    Alternative Initial Public Offering Models. The Law and Economics Pertaining of Shell Company Listings on German Capital Markets
    2016. XIX + 112 pages. StudIPR 368.


    The continuous search for improved methods of public equity financing has resulted in the derivation of alternative models for listing companies on stock exchanges. Axel Moeller seeks to answer the questions pertaining to the practical implementation of such models in Germany from a law and economics perspective. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Die Haftung von RatingagenturenSTEFANIE SEIBOLD
    Die Haftung von Ratingagenturen nach deutschem, französischem, englischem und europäischem Recht
    2016. XXI + 240 pages. StudIPR 367.


    Ratings significantly determine finance terms for issuers and conditions for investors in capital markets. Should these prove incorrect, those involved can suffer significant financial damage. Stefanie Seibold addresses the question of if and, if applicable, under which circumstances credit rating agencies can be held liable. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Schadensversicherung im ukrainischen RechtNAZAR PANYCH
    Schadensversicherung im ukrainischen Recht
    2016. XVII + 354 pages. StudIPR 363.


    Private insurance, including damage policies, is a growing and important part of the Ukrainian economy. However, interested scholars and practitioners are confronted by a special law standardised in three statue books and in need of reform. Nazar Panych systematically analyses Ukrainian indemnity insurance principles and offers theoretical and practical reform suggestions. more



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