Equal Opportunity

Equal Opportunity

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg is one of the leading institutions globally for foundational comparative legal research in the areas of foreign, European, and international private, trade, economic, and procedural civil law.

The institute currently employs approximately 140 full- and part-time staff. We offer meaningful positions with a high degree of personal responsibility and creative leeway in the academic, academic service, and administrative areas. The institute is certified as a family-friendly employer.

Support for junior scholars is provided in various ways: Postdoctoral (Habilitation) and doctoral (Promotion) dissertations are supported via the granting of research fellow and doctoral positions. Through various academic events and institutional exchange programmes, the institute specifically assists junior scholars in developing international networks for their research.

Additionally, scholars from other countries have the opportunity to participate in the institute’s scholarship programme.

Assistance for new Institute employees

We are pleased to offer assistance to new Institute employees who have questions concerning housing, visa issuance, and other matters related to relocation in Hamburg.

For newly hired academic staff, we can as a member of the Dual Career Hamburg + der Norden also assist your partners with their new professional orientation in Hamburg.

Your contact partner is Carina Schmidt.

Reconciliation of Career and Family
The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law has developed numerous measures and offers to make it easier for its employees to reconcile career and family obligations. Parents employed at the institute are supported, in particular, via flexible working hours and work location, family-friendly event times, and childcare offers. more
The promotion of junior scholars is a particular focus of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law. The institute has developed special offers for this purpose. more

Equal Opportunities Commissioner

The equal opportunities commissioner is responsible for promoting and monitoring the following within the institute: the equal treatment of women and men, the elimination of existing discrimination, and the prevention of future discrimination.

She plays a role in all personnel-related, organizational, and social measures that concern equal opportunity between women and men and the reconciliation of family and employment.

At the same time, she is an important contact person for all questions related to gender equality and the reconciliation of career and family.

Contact information for the institute’s equal opportunities commissioner: gleichstellungsbeauftragte@mpipriv.de

Code of Conduct for the Max Planck Society

Protection against Sexualized Discrimination, Harassment and Violence

The Max Planck Society encourages the maxim of a non-discriminatory culture, in which the variety and diversity of employees are seen as an opportunity and in which all are met with equal respect and shown the same esteem. Neither ethnic origin, descent nor other categories of origin nor sex, gender nor sexual orientation, religion nor world-view, disability nor age may lead to personal or professional disadvantages and influence the opportunities of an individual to access to the organization or to promotion and qualification within the organization.

As a successful research organization and employer of many thousands of employees, the protection of its employees against all forms of discrimination is a concern of great importance to the Max Planck Society. It is therefore committed to providing prevention, information and assistance and consistently opposes any form of behaviour that violates the dignity of its employees.

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