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Alongside publications completed under the lead of the Institute, its staff members are also significant contributors to a number of legal journals and collective works which appear regularly in print. The following list represents a selection of such publications.

European Business Organization Law Review

EBORThe international competition over the “best” organisational structure for economic activities is a major focus of the research conducted by scholars in the fields of law and business. Against this backdrop, the “European Business Organization Law Review” strives to make a European contribution to the discussion surrounding corporate governance and capital markets law and to critically evaluate emerging regulatory concepts. The journal adopts an interdisciplinary approach and looks to an audience of scholars as well as practitioners. It appears four times yearly, comprises approximately 850 printed pages in total and is published by the T.M.C. Asser Press in cooperation with the Asser Institute located in the Hague. Rainer Kulms (Max Planck Institute Hamburg) serves as editor-in-chief. The editorial board is internationally constituted, featuring Luca Enriques, Brigitte Haar, Vesna Lazić, Francisco Marcos, Joseph McCahery, Niamh Moloney and Katharina Pistor; the same international dimension describes the 12-member advisory board. The team of editorial assistants are located at the Asser Institute, where they undertake necessary editorial tasks and prepare the texts for printing. Distribution and marketing is performed by Springer/

Company Law and Capital Markets Law in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Gesellschafts- und Kapitalmarktrecht in D, A, CHThis series of publications, begun in 2011, and published by Holger Fleischer, Director of the Max Planck Institute, in collaboration with Susanne Kalss, Vienna University of Economics and Business and Hans-Ueli Vogt, Zurich University,  deals with current and fundamental issues in German, Austrian and Swiss corporate and capital markets law. The individual volumes in the series are all drawn from annual conferences, organized by the publishers, for German-language specialists in corporate law. The conferences are hosted on a rotating basis, including at the Institute in Hamburg. The presentations and resulting discussions from these conferences are published every year by Mohr Siebeck in Tübingen, with each volume averaging approximately 300 pages.

Hamburg Studies on Maritime Affairs

The steadily increasing use of the oceans which results from both the rapid rise in global population and the liberalisation of international commerce demands a thorough examination of the associated consequences. Apart from coordinating established forms of use and researching the manner in which such use effects and interacts with nature, the question of how to allocate scarce resources is also of central focus. In considering these issues, the International Max Planck Research School for Maritime Affairs, founded by the Institute in 2002 in cooperation with an array of other research institutions, adopted an interdisciplinary approach, especially in regards to the following topics: management of coastal regions, maritime trade and transport, maintenance of marine habitats, the oceans, the climate and the seabed. Scholars of the Research School studied the legal, economic, and natural science dimensions of these topics, and their research findings have since 2004 been published in the series “Hamburg Studies on Maritime Affairs” (Springer publishers, Berlin/Heidelberg/New York). While the School existed only until 2014, this book series is being continued, aiming at the publication of scholarly papers on the legal, economic, and geophysical aspects of the use, protection, and organization of the oceans. Jürgen Basedow of the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg serves as an editor of the publication.

International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law

Performed under the auspices of the International Association of Legal Science, the work that results in the publication of the "International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law" (IECL) extends back to the 1960s. To date, more than 17,000 two-columned pages have gone to print in the Mohr Siebeck publication. Numerous scholars from all corners of the earth actively contribute as authors, these including several current and former Institute staff members. Featuring a scope, perspective and cohesion that allows for an unparalleled comparative analysis of the world’s legal systems, the work is geared primarily to comparative law researchers. Additionally, however, the IECL aims to reach the legislators and judges of the world who are called upon in the further development of laws and legal rules, since in improving existing laws and formulating new laws, better regard should be had of the experiences and solutions seen in other countries so as to achieve optimal, contemporary and – to the extent possible – uniform approaches. Following introductory country reports covering the world’s various legal systems, each volume then considers specific subject areas, with the scope of potential inquiry encompassing the full breadth of civil law. All contributions are critically reviewed by the editor of the respective volume as well as the volume’s international group of advisors. At the Hamburg Max Planck Institute the contributions are overseen by Ulrich Drobnig.

Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht

ZEuPThe "Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht" (ZEuP) was founded in 1993 and has grown into a leading international forum – extending beyond German-speaking regions – for discussing the Europeanisation of private law and private law scholarship. Published quarterly, the ZEuP considers fundamental aspects and current developments in respect of EU private law, comparative law, legal history, the unification of laws, private international law and individual European regimes of private law. The journal is edited by Jürgen Basedow, Eva-Maria Kieninger, Heike Schweitzer, Gerhard Wagner, Marc-Philippe Weller and Reinhard Zimmermann. The ZEuP is published by C.H. Beck (Munich); it comprises approximately 1,000 pages in total each year. Chief editorial direction of the journal rotates among the individual editors and, as such, regularly falls under the responsibility of the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg.

Zeitschrift für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht


The "Zeitschrift für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht" (ZGR) was established in 1972 and stands as an indispensable journal for business law as encountered both as an academic subject and in legal practice. The journal focuses on business and corporate law and on capital markets law, this being undertaken with an appreciation that international, European, and interdisciplinary aspects of business law have grown and will continue to grow in importance. The ZGR offers advice and new approaches concerning selected issues and basic questions related to the fields in question; contributors include university instructors, attorneys, judges, consultants and other individuals responsible for giving legal advice to businesses. Biennially, ZGR features themed issues bringing together renowned figures from universities, courts and counseling firms; at irregular intervals special issues are published which consider a theme of particular importance for the readership. The journal is edited by Alfred Bergmann, Holger Fleischer, Wulf Goette, Heribert Hirte, Peter Hommelhoff, Gerd Krieger, Hanno Merkt, Christoph Teichmann, Jochen Vetter, Marc-Philippe Weller and Hartmuth Wicke; it is published in alternating months by De Gruyter (Berlin/New York) and totals approximately 1,000 printed pages each year.