Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Online version Handwörterbuch des Europäischen Privatrechts
Legal Methodology, Comparative Law, Legal History, Law and Economics

The fundamentals of European and comparative methodology are also a focus of research at the Institute. The methodical approaches of international comparative law date back to the time of its foundation. Ernst Rabel, the first Director of the Institute, is regarded as a pioneer of this discipline. Another research focus is the development of the historical foundations of modern civil law. For the analysis of commercial issues, particularly in the area of company and capital markets law, the application of economic thinking and knowledge is essential. Therefore, many projects adopt a law and economics perspective to their research.