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  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Anknüpfungsprinzipien im Europäischen Kollisionsrecht. Integrationspolitische Zielsetzungen und das Prinzip der engsten Verbindung
    2018. XXII + 252 pages. StudIPR 408.


    The harmonisation of European conflict of laws legislation calls for a new approach in choosing connecting factors. Anja Sophia Schwemmer investigates how far the classic principle of closest connection is being superimposed or even crowded out by integration policy objectives in the course of creating a European international private law. more

  • German Journal of Chinese Law

    ZChinR 25
Heft 3Current Issue: Vol. 25, No. 3 (2018)

    With articles by:

    Lucas Brang, Knut Benjamin Pißler, Dara-Lisa Szielinski, and Dominic Köstner.


    Further contributions by: 

    Benjamin Julius Groth/Knut Benjamin Pißler, Dara-Lisa Szielinski/Knut Benjamin Pißler, Vincent Winkler, and WANG Qi.

  • Journal of Japanese Law

    ZJapanRCurrent Issue: Vol. 23, No. 46 (2018)

    With articles by:

    Souichirou Kozuka, Fumihiro Nagano, Mika Aotake, Yuko Nishitani, Torsten Spiegel, Aiko Hosokawa, Andreas Kaiser, Yuri Matsubara, Ruben E. Rodriguez Samudioa, James Kwan, and Köksal Sahin.


    Further contributions by: 

    Makokto Ida, Eiji Takahashi, Harald Baum, Rudolf Rengier, and Katharina Doll.

  • The Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law


    Current Issue: Volume 82, Number 4, 2018

    With articles by: Mathias Reimann, Jürgen Basedow, Nadjma Yassari, and Tamás Szabados.


    Further contributions by: Wolfram Grünkorn, Wolfgang Hau, Andrew J. Bell, Nataša Hadžimanović, Jörg Pirrung, Jan Peter Schmidt, Hans Rainer Künzle, Götz Schulze, Fabian Stancke, Lech Kopczyński, Harald Baum, Duygu Damar, and Kurt Siehr.

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Der Trust im italienischen Recht. Eine rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung vor dem Hintergrund des Haager Trust-Übereinkommens
    2018. XXVIII + 384 pages. StudIPR 405.


    Trusts are an ancient legal construct that were used as long ago as the crusades by knights to organise their financial affairs and secure provision for their families. To this day, the trust has retained (and further expanded) its key position in common law systems. In civil law jurisdictions on the other hand, material reservations still abound as to the use of trusts. By taking Italian law as an example, Leonie Neu shows that this doubt is unjustified and that trusts, with minor adaptations, can play a meaningful role. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Erbverzichte im neuen europäischen Kollisionsrecht. Unter besonderer Berücksichtigung rechtsvergleichender Bezüge und der Problematik des Statutenwechsels
    2018. XXIV + 254 pages. StudIPR 407.


    Succession renunciation agreements raise numerous difficulties in private international law and require re-systematization following the implementation of the European Succession Regulation. Sebastian Seeger takes on this task by examining in particular change of statute difficulties with the help of classical and modern methods of international private law. more

  • Materialien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Handbuch des chinesischen Zivilprozessrechts. Analyse und Materialien 
    2018, XXXII + 869 pages. MatIPR 55.


    The present work is the first German-language publication to comprehensively detail the law of civil procedure in the People's Republic of China. The contributions address not only the applicable legislation but also relevant judicial interpretations issued by the Supreme People's Court and lower court decisions. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Vertragsbeendigung in der Insolvenz. Insolvenzbezogene Lösungsklauseln im Rechtsvergleich
    2018. XXVIII + 434 pages. StudIPR 406.


    Patrick Keinert deals with the validity of ipso facto clauses in executory contracts in the case of insolvency. The results of a comparative analysis of the legal situation in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, the USA, and England, are used to develop a practical solution. more

  • Gutachten zum internationalen und ausländischen Privatrecht


    2018. IX + 815 pages.


    The Annual Volume 2012-2014 contains a representative selection of more than 45 expert reports authored by specialized university departments and the Max Planck Institute Hamburg on nearly 35 legal systems. The reports consider many of the questions that typically arise in legal practice in terms of foreign and international private law. Covered topics include family and succession law as well as the law of obligations, property law, company law, insolvency law and procedural law. more

  • Beiträge zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Corporate Social Responsibility. Achtes deutsch-österreichisch-schweizerisches Symposium, Hamburg 1.-2. Juni 2017
    2018. XV + 344 pages. BtrIPR 123.


    This volume offers an introduction to the foundational issues of corporate social responsibility (CSR), an emerging field of research in company, accounting and capital market law. Taking questions of CSR in stock corporations, international standards, reporting obligations, the parent company's liability for violations of human rights by its foreign subsidiaries, employee participation, sustainable executive compensation, and the political engagement of companies, the contributions tap into the latest research in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. more

  • Beiträge zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Europäisches Privat- und Wirtschaftsrecht in der Krise
    2018. XX + 370 pages. BtrIPR 122.


    During the economic and sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone, both European and national commercial and economic laws have undergone a severe stress test – and often passed this test only because of significant ad hoc changes to existing legal frameworks and underlying legal principles. The present volume collects the perspectives of German and Greek jurisprudence on the relevant phenomena. It covers a wide spectrum of substantive problems, ranging from questions of European monetary law and the regulation of the banking sector to matters of public economic law, contract and consumer law, insolvency and restructuring law, corporate and securities and labour law. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Wirkungsweise des unionsrechtlichen Anwendungsvorrangs im autonomen IPR
    2018. XXVIII + 538 pages. StudIPR 401.


    Within the scope of EU law, the application of national conflict-of-laws rules to cross-border situations can lead to clashes with EU rights to free movement. The EU's principle of supremacy provides a solution to this. Rene Repasi examines its mechanisms and draws conclusions on how autonomous conflict-of-laws rules of member states are influenced by them. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Bindungswirkung kartellbehördlicher Entscheidungen im Zivilprozess. Zur Verzahnung von Kartellverwaltungs- und Kartellprivatrecht
    2018. XX + 332 pages. StudIPR 402.


    The binding effect of decisions adopted by national competition authorities is a key instrument for facilitating antitrust damages actions. Dirk Wiegandt examines the instrument and demonstrates that it not only interlinks private with public enforcement; conversely, it also impacts on public enforcement of competition law. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Sprache und Recht bei der Europäischen Aktiengesellschaft
    2018. XXV + 432 pages. StudIPR 402.


    Legal terms in European legal texts – such as the Societas Europaea regulation – are often (unintentionally) interpreted by drawing on national legal notions. Wendelin Mayer's comparative study aims at breaking this seemingly bewitching spell of linguistic confusion and establishing a common European starting point for autonomous interpretation. more

  • Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

    Transatlantic Whistleblowing. Rechtliche Entwicklung, Funktionsweise und Status quo des Whistleblowings in den USA und seine Bedeutung für Deutschland
    2018. XVIII + 590 pages. StudIPR 404.


    Simon Gerdemann explores the origins, characteristics and ramifications of whistleblowing laws in the United States, analyzes the consequences the current rise and adoption of whistleblowing laws has on European countries like Germany and shows how learning from past experiences in the United States could shape the whistleblowing laws of tomorrow. more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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



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