Coronavirus: Protective Measures Update

August 21, 2020

Staff members and guests of the Institute are continuing to work within the limited on-site operation framework. There continues to be limited access to the Institute. Scholarships for 2021 have been suspended.

Videos of the conference "Responses to the Coronavirus in Japanese and German law"

In the context of the conference, held on 19/20 August 2020, three areas of private law affected by the pandemic were examined: the law of obligations, labour law, and procedural law. A further panel was dedicated to the public law framework. All lectures from the virtual conference can be found here for streaming.

Julius Weitzdörfer appointed professor at the University of Hagen

September 23, 2020

Julius Weitzdörfer, former Research Assistant at the Centre of Expertise on Japan at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, has accepted a post at the FernUniversität in Hagen (University of Hagen). His appointment as Junior Professor took effect on 1 September 2020; officially in the field of East Asian law with an emphasis on Japanese law.


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New Releases

Louise Merrett, Antonia Sommerfeld, Incentives for Choice of Law and Forum in Commercial Contracts: Predicting the Impact of Brexit, European Review of Private Law 28 (2020), 627–663.
Elena Dubovitskaya, Offenlegungspflichten der Organmitglieder in Kapitalgesellschaften (Jus Privatum, 243), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2020, 582 pp.
Ralf Michaels, International Arbitration as Private and Public Good, in: Thomas Schultz, Federico Ortino (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Arbitration, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2020, 398–420.
Stefan Korch, Insolvenzverwalterhaftung für unternehmerische Entscheidungen, Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 2020, 1596–1600.

Ralf Michaels, Rechtliches Wissen in der Krise, Kritische Justiz 53 (2020), 375–386.
Konrad Duden, Amazon Dash Buttons und Verbandsklagen im e-Commerce: fliegender Gerichtsstand und eigenständige Vorfragenanknüpfung (zu OLG München, 10.1.2019 – 29 U 1091/18), Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts 2020, 414–419.
Elena Dubovitskaya, The COVID-19 Corporate Law Act in Germany: New regulations in company law, La Ley mercantil 2020, Nr. 70.
Elena Dubovitskaya, Das Krisengesetz als Ideengrube für die künftige virtuelle Hauptversammlung, Neue Zeitschrift für Gesellschaftsrecht 2020, 647–653.

In the Spotlight

Testamentary freedom versus family solidarity – What is the origin of the compulsory portion?

A deceased can by means of a testamentary will or an inheritance contract determine who is to inherit his or her property and to what extent. Where there is no last will, the rules of intestate succession apply. Yet the freedom of testation is limited. What is today known as the “compulsory portion” is based on a long tradition.

The philosophical foundations of Private International Law

Private International Law (PIL) is seen by many as the most technical of all legal disciplines. Whereas theoretical questions and debate over the appropriate methodology tend to determine the issues addressed in the field, its philosophical underpinnings are mostly neglected. In a parallel manner, PIL plays only a minimal role in legal philosophy. Addressing and closing this gap is the aim of a new interdisciplinary project.

Corporate Social Responsibility

April 22, 2020

The question of how to reconcile profitability with social responsibility is a key issue that has long been discussed across disciplines. Amidst growing public attention to social and environmental standards as well as the fight against corruption in third countries, the issue of corporate social responsibility (CSR) also raises important legal questions.

Social Media & Videos

Covid-19: implications for the application of family law in MENA countries

Video July 01, 2020

Afternoon Talks on Islamic Law: Moderated by the Research Group on Family and Succession Law in Islamic Countries, the President of the Greek Catholic Court of First Instance, Amman, Archimandrite Dr. Bassam Shahatit, gave a Jordanian perspective on Covid-19 and its implications for the application of family law. Watch his talk here.

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