Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Foreign law: regional centres of competence and specialised country research units

The long-term focus on analysis of foreign laws is one of the Institute’s main research aims. Regional centres of expertise have been set up to provide academic support to transformational processes and reforms in legal orders that are subject to particularly dynamic development, and also to develop a depth of knowledge about economically important legal orders that are relatively inaccessible due to language difficulties. Our focus is on China, Korea and Japan, Russia and other CIS-nations, Southeast Europe, Islamic countries and Latin America.


Center for East Asian Law


Islamic Legal Systems



Russia and other CIS States