Event series

Event series

The Institute regularly invites high-profile legal scholars from Germany and abroad to speak at our established lecture series such as the Ernst Rabel Lecture and the Academic Council. Our Centres of Expertise have also initiated their own guest lecture series dedicated to discussing questions related to their legal spheres. Additional event formats foster academic exchange among early career scholars and support them in developing their networks within the Institute.

Named Lecture

Ernst Rabel Lecture
The Rabel Lecture is one of the highpoints of academic life at the Institute. It is dedicated to the memory of Ernst Rabel (1874-1955), Institute founder and pioneer of modern comparative law and private international law. The biennial lecture is held by an outstanding researcher from these disciplines and focuses on basic questions arising in a particular area of Institute research. more

Events on International Law

Afternoon Talks on Islamic Law
Within the framework of the lecture series "Afternoon Talks on Islamic Law", the Research Group “Changes in God's Law - An Inner Islamic Comparison of Family and Succession Laws" regularly invites outstanding researchers working on family law in Islamic countries or other related topics to present and discuss their findings. more
Hamburg Lectures on Chinese Law
In the context of the “Hamburg Lectures on Chinese Law“, outstanding scholars and practitioners share their insights on further legal fields that are currently in transition in the People’s Republic of China and that are thus the subject of international attention. more
Latin America Roundtable
The Latin America Roundtable offers Institute staff, guest scholars and interested members of the public the opportunity to learn more about recent developments in various areas of the civil law of Latin American countries. These sessions focus on a scholarly exchange meant to benefit both speakers and listeners. more
Current developments in Japanese law
The Institute has individually and cooperatively organized a series of comparative law symposia concerning Japanese law and has subsequently published various conference volumes. more
Workshop Series "Private International Law in Africa"
There is a growing interest in the study of private international law in Africa. In an environment of growing international transactions in both civil and commercial matters, private international law can play a significant role in Africa in addressing issues such as globalization, regional economic integration, immigration, etc. The series intends to discuss new scholarly work on private international law in Africa and advance solutions on how the current framework of that field can be improved on the continent. Participation is open to all interested students and researchers. more
Current Research on Turkish Law
For lawyers practicing in Germany and the EU, Turkey is one of the most important foreign jurisdictions. This seminar series invites leading legal scholars and practitioners to present their research and experience on the subject of Turkish law. We have endeavoured to create a forum where international researchers interested in Turkish law and Turkish scholars working on comparative law topics can meet and engage with one another. more

Events on Institute’s Research Areas

Current Research in Private International Law
The virtual workshop series “Current Research in Private International Law" is organised by Prof. Dr. Ralf Michaels and Michael Cremer. The series features guest speakers and Institute staff members who present and discuss their work on current developments and research topics in private international law. more
Consumer Law, Technology and Inequality
The Transatlantic Seminar on Consumer Law, Technology, and Inequality is a joint initiative of five partners: the Max Planck Institute for Private Law, the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Private Law, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, the Free University in Berlin, and the European University Institute in Florence. The seminar seeks to create a space for sharing knowledge, ideas, and experience across geographic and professional boundaries, with a special emphasis on bringing US and European scholars, policy-makers, and social activists together. more


The Colloquium (Konzil) represents a cornerstone of the academic exchange taking place at the Institute. Typically occurring at six-week intervals, the Colloquium features Institute fellows, postdocs and doctoral students presenting research findings of general interest. more
Summer Colloquium
For the last Colloquium before the summer break, the directors traditionally invite to the Institute an external speaker whose expertise reaches beyond legal scholarship and who is capable of offering a unique perspective on the law. more

Annual Symposium

Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Alumni Association consists of a symposium on an academic or career-related topic and also the general meeting of the Association. more

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