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The Max Planck Institute in Hamburg publishes an array of texts addressing fundamental questions in the field of comparative and international private law. Publication of these texts is supervised primarily by the directors and research fellows of the Institute working together in various editorial groups.

The Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law

RabelsZ-AusgabeSince its establishment in 1927 Rabels Zeitschrift pursues theoretical as well as practical goals. Through the exploration of foreign law and research, it serves as a forum promoting international scholarly dialogue and academic exchange. At the same time, it serves as an aid to legislators by considering experiences beyond Germany’s borders, and it strives to address the questions arising with the increasing unification of laws through international treaties.

The Rabel Journal publishes articles pertaining to all areas of Institute focus, recent years having seen an influx of topics on business law and European law. Particular attention is devoted to legal instruments of the European Union and Conventions of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Special issues allow an in-depth and nuanced examination of a particular topic. New legislative instruments, treaties and comparative-law-based legislative drafts are reproduced and accompanied by critical commentary. Finally, a comprehensive review section surveys a wide range of academic literature authored inside and, above all, outside of Germany.

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Beiträge, Materialien und Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht

Lüttringhaus_VertragsfreiheitIn print since 1928, “Beiträge zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht” (BtrIPR) publishes important works – especially post-doctoral theses (Habilitationsschriften) – which treat topics within the focus of Institute research. Many of the monographs and general surveys appearing in the series have either been authored or overseen at the Institute. The variety of research topics ranges from studies on general legal principles of European private law and comparative inquiries on the Europeanisation of commercial and business law to analyses of the globalisation of competition law.

The series titled “Materialien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht” (MatIPR) has appeared since 1951 and primarily contains important source documents and texts on the history, reform and practice of private international law. Its goal is to make a wide expanse of globally-drawn materials available for research and teaching purposes. Alongside these materials, the series publishes comparative expert reports and numerous collections of conference papers.

1980 saw the establishment of a new series, “Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht” (StudIPR). This title contains a wide variety of texts, notably conference papers, comparative investigations and Institute-authored comparative expert reports. Above all, the series serves as a publication platform for outstanding dissertations written in fields of Institute inquiry.

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Die deutsche Rechtsprechung auf dem Gebiete des Internationalen Privatrechts

IPRspr.Since its founding in 1926, the Institute has published "Die deutsche Rechtsprechung auf dem Gebiete des Internationalen Privatrechts“ (IPRspr.). This German-language publication – which can be translated as “German Case Law on Private International Law” – aims to provide a comprehensive documentation and reproduction of all German jurisprudence addressing international private law and procedure, inclusive of foreign law as well as European and international uniform law.

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Gutachten zum internationalen und ausländischen Privatrecht

IPG 2012-2014Under commission of the German Council of Private International Law (Deutscher Rat für Internationales Privatrecht), the Institute has since 1965 been part of a cooperative effort producing expert reports used primarily by German judges confronted with questions regarding international or foreign private law (“Gutachten zum internationalen und ausländischen Privatrecht”, IPG). The reports formulated by the Institute and its academic partners (universities and academic entities from throughout Germany) portray the extremely broad spectrum of cases which are encountered and serve to not only facilitate legal practice but also enrich private law scholarship.

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Journal of Japanese Law

ZJapanRIn cooperation with the German-Japanese Association of Jurists (DJJV), the Institute has since 2004 published the “Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht/Journal of Japanese Law” (ZJapanR/J.Japan.L). The periodical is an international journal serving the needs of lawyers and scholars interested in Japanese law; its goal is to make all areas of the Japanese legal system accessible in a comprehensive and methodologically structured manner. The texts are, in roughly equal proportions, authored in German and English. At present the Journal is the world’s only western language publication which offers a regular and timely documentation and analysis of the myriad lines of development in Japanese law. Authors include not only renowned scholars from in- and outside Germany, but also practitioners having experience in Japan, thus enabling a particularly wide spectrum of analysis.
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German Journal of Chinese Law

ZChinRThe quarterly appearing “German Journal of Chinese Law” (ZChinR) first originated in 1994 and is the only ongoing German-language publication addressing Chinese law. It publishes detailed reports and analyses in the section titled “Aufsätze (Articles)”. Current legal developments are reported in “Kurze Beiträge (Notes)”. In the section “Dokumentationen (Documentation)” one finds translations of the most important new Chinese laws. Additionally, ZChinR regularly publishes conference reports and reviews of books on Chinese law. The journal is published by the German-Chinese Association of Jurists (DCJV) in cooperation with the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies and since 2015 in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute.

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Max Planck Private Law Research Paper Series

Research Paper SeriesThe Max Planck Institute for Comparative & International Private Law Research Paper Series has since 2010 appeared online as part of the Legal Scholarship Network of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The series makes available articles authored by Institute staff members which have recently been accepted for print publication in journals or collective volumes and which may be republished in the Institute series (Accepted Paper Series). Since 2011, contributions to the Research Paper Series have also been compiled in an eJournal edited by the Institute directors. On a regular basis, issues of that eJournal are sent as an electronic newsletter to the roughly 3,500 subscribers of the Institute series.

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Publications apart from the Institutional Series

The ongoing research activities of the staff of the Max Planck Institute also find outlet outside the journals and print series regularly published by the Institute. Individual large scale projects witness the resources of the Institute pooled together, often with the participation of other institutions, and result in enduring reference works having global influence on private law theory and practice. Examples here include the Max Planck Encyclopedia of European Private Law, the Principles on Conflict of Laws in Intellectual Property and the Expert Report on Mediation commissioned by the German Ministry of Justice.