Anne Röthel appointed as Director at the Institute
Anne Röthel has been appointed Director by the Max Planck Society at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law and will assume her position in the directorate as of 1 January 2024. She succeeds Reinhard Zimmermann, who retired in 2022.
Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court decision on the Act to Combat Child Marriages in focus
The German Federal Constitutional Court’s publication on 29 March 2023 of its decision on the Act to Combat Child Marriages occasioned the Institute to hold an online symposium for interdisciplinary analysis of the topic. A collection of papers from the symposium has now been published open access in an online-first edition of the Rabel Journal.
A conversation with Joaquín Garrido Martín, Humboldt Research Fellow
Joaquín Garrido Martín holds degrees in law and in philosophy from the University of Seville. He has completed postgraduate studies at the University of Bern and at the European University Institute in Florence. 2017 he obtained a PhD in law from the University of Seville.

New Releases

Contribution to a Handbook
Holger Fleischer, § 6 Haftung für fehlerhafte Kapitalmarktkommunikation, in: Heinz-Dieter Assmann, Rolf A. Schütze, Petra Buck-Heeb (eds.), Handbuch des Kapitalanlagerechts, 6. , C.H. Beck, München 2024, 417–445.
Working Paper
Mateusz Grochowski, The Sound of RBG, 2023,, 12/08/2023.
Journal Article
Claude Witz, Ben Gerrit Köhler, Francis Limbach, Droit uniforme de la vente internationale de marchandises, Recueil Dalloz 2023, 2160–2168.
Journal Article
Philipp Ceesay, Auf halbem Weg zu einem funktionalen Verständnis: Das System der Kommanditistenhaftung nach dem MoPeG, Zeitschrift für die gesamte Privatrechtswissenschaft 2023, 428–451.
Journal Article
Holger Fleischer, The Menagerie of Organizational Forms in German Company Law, European Company and Financial Law Review 2023, 593–622.
Journal Article
Holger Fleischer, Klimaklagen gegen Vorstandsmitglieder. Englische Fälle und deutsches Recht, Die Aktiengesellschaft 2023, 833–844.


Virtual Book Launch – The Elgar Companion to UNCITRAL (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023)

Dec 14, 2023 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

The Institute

About Us
From the European Single Market to the global interweaving of multi-national businesses or financial firms to our increasingly international everyday lives, the world around us is steadily converging. At the same time, our laws are encountering the limits of their application. The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law embraces the task of critically studying the social, economic and legal challenges of globalisation.
Library profile and holdings
The Institute library is Europe’s largest library specialising in foreign and international private law and is recognised worldwide for its scope and services. It has a collection of specialist literature from more than 200 countries around the world. The library has a particular focus on acquiring literature from countries that are not easily accessible, such that these can be gathered and made available at one location.

In the Spotlight

Research in a place of freedom and safety
Private Law Gazette 1/2023 – The danger and uncertainty resulting from persecution, war or catastrophe often make it difficult or even impossible to pursue scholarly work. Through a variety of programs, the Institute offers several researchers whose countries of origin pose particular dangers the chance to continue their academic work. Three of them describe their current situation.
Rights of nature on the upswing
Private Law Gazette 2/2022 – Over the last two decades, the relationships between humans, nature, and law have become an important field of research worldwide. Countries as various as Ecuador, Bolivia, New Zealand, India, and Uganda have already recognized nature as a rights-holder. The global movement has also arrived in Europe, where discussions about or efforts to implement rights of nature are already underway in multiple countries.
Legal pathways in a dynamic environment. Exploring the Chinese Civil Code through comparative analysis
Private Law Gazette 2/2022 - China’s economic and political stature demands a scholarly response that can surmount linguistic as well as cultural barriers. Much is spoken nowadays of a growing need for competence on China. The Institute can look back all the while on a long scholarly tradition of covering Chinese civil law.
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