Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Project Leader

Harald Baum


Project Staff

Anna Katharina Suzuki-Klasen






Cooperation and Academic Exchange

Particular attention is devoted to academic exchanges. The Institute benefits from an almost continual presence of guest researchers working in the field of Japanese law. Normally engaged in research stays of considerable length, they receive intensive support and assistance from the Institute’s Japanese Law Department. Reciprocally, an increasing number of Institute scholars travel each year to Japan in order to attend lectures, conferences and complete similar research stays. Furthermore, there are several research cooperations.

Cooperation with Kyoto University

In autumn 2008 the Institute and the Legal Faculty of the renowned Kyoto University sealed a cooperation contract on academic exchange between the two institutes. This provided an official recognition for the close academic collaboration which had already been taking place for decades. The cooperation aims to ensure regular exchanges, particularly for successive generations of researchers and to further intensify project-based collaboration in the future. Guest scholars will be afforded full freedom of research during their stay while also being invited to partake in the academic life of the partner institution. Alongside agreements already in place with the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, this represents the third large-scale cooperation between the Institute and an elite university.

Collaboration with Other Partners

The Institute works intensively with the German-Japanese Association of Jurists (DJJV). Founded in 1988 in Hamburg, the association aims to foster collaborative projects between German and Japanese lawyers, and to provide a deeper understanding of the two systems for both sides.


There is also a close working relationship with the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies (IZO) in Frankfurt/Main, which seeks to increase the level of academic engagement with today’s East Asia. In addition, a transcontinental collaboration has been established with the Australian Network of Japanese Law (ANJeL) (ANJeL), formed by a group of Australian legal academics and practitioners who share an interest and expertise in the field of Japanese law.