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Publications on Japanese Law


At the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, numerous monographs and collected editions on Japanese law have been authored which have mapped the key features of this research landscape.

Furthermore, the Institute is responsible for the publication of the world’s only Western-language legal periodical about the myriad developments in Japanese law, which follows a consistent approach and offers regular and timely documentation and analysis.

Journal of Japanese Law

In cooperation with the German-Japanese Association of Jurists (DJJV), the Institute publishes the “Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht/Journal of Japanese Law” (ZJapanR/J.Japan.L), which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. This 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.

Homepage J.Japan.L


Book Series: Special Editions of the Journal of Japanese Law

Information Duties – Japanese and German Private Law (2018)

Marc Dernauer, Harald Baum, Moritz Bälz (ed.)
Carl Heymanns Verlag, Köln, 284 S.

see also: Information Duties under Japanese and German Private Law

Self-regulation in Private Law in Japan and Germany (2018)

Halald Baum, Moritz Bälz, Marc Dernauer (ed.)
Carl Heymanns Verlag, Köln, 282 S.

see also: Self-regulation in Japanese and German private law

Monographs and Edited Volumes

Independent Directors in Asia (2017)

Dan W. Puchniak, Harald Baum, Luke Nottage (ed.)
Cambridge University Press, 619 pp.

see also: The Rise of Asian Economic Power. A Question of Corporate Management?

Independent Directors in Japan. Die japanische Corporate Governance und effektives Monitoring aus rechtsvergleichender Sicht (2017)

Torsten Spiegel
Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, XXV + 305 pp.

Internationales Gesellschaftsrecht in Japan. Im Vergleich mit dem Internationalen Gesellschaftsrecht in der EU und in Deutschland (2015)

Eva Swittek
Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, XXV + 398 pp.

Japanese Business Law in Western Languages: An Annotated Selective Bibliography (2013)

H. Baum, L. Nottage, J. Rheuben, M. Thier (ed.)
2nd ed.
William S. Hein & Co., Inc., Buffalo, New York, XII + 450 pp.



The Derivative Action in Asia: A Comparative and Functional Approach (2012)

D.W. Puchniak, H. Baum, M. Ewing-Cho (ed.)
Cambridge University Press,  XXIV + 452 pp.

Handbuch Japanisches Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht (2011)

H. Baum, M. Bälz (ed.)
Carl Heymanns Verlag, Köln, 1726 pp.

New edition in preparation for 2020.

Lizenzen als Kreditsicherheiten Zivilrechtliche Grundlagen in Deutschland, Österreich und Japan (2011)

Gabriele Koziol
Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, XV + 179 pp.

Japanese and European Private International Law in Comparative Perspective. Materialien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht, Bd. 48 (2008)

J. Basedow, H. Baum, Y. Nishitani (ed.)
Mohr Siebeck, XVIII + 434 pp.