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Ben Köhler receives Otto Hahn Medal
Ben Köhler, Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, has received an Otto Hahn Medal for his dissertation. The Max Planck Society awards the Medal each year to young researchers in recognition of highly accomplished dissertations. The award is named after the Max Planck Society’s founding president, a pioneer in the field of radiochemistry.

Emojis in (private) law

Emojis in (private) law

June 24, 2022
Matthias Pendl, senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, studies the legal dimensions of emojis. The findings of his comparative legal research have now been published in a recent book and essay.

Johanna Pink (University of Freiburg): The Global Qur’an. Transnational dimensions of Qur’an translation
Guest lecture as part of the series “Afternoon Talks on Islamic Law” on 9 June 2022.

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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.

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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.

New Releases

Jan Peter Schmidt, Erklärung über die Ausschlagung einer Erbschaft, die vor einem Gericht des Mitgliedstaats des gewöhnlichen Aufenthalts des Erklärenden abgegeben wurde: Anmerkung zum Schlussantrag des Generalanwalts vom 20.1.2022, Rs. C-617/20, Zeitschrift für die gesamte erbrechtliche Praxis 2022, 481–483.
Christa Jessel-Holst, Nordmazedonien, in: Alexander Bergmann, Murad Ferid, Dieter Henrich, Anatol Dutta, Hans-Georg Ebert (eds.), Internationales Ehe- und Kindschaftsrecht mit Staatsangehörigkeitsrecht, 246. Lf., Verlag für Standesamtswesen, Frankfurt am Main 2022, 1–81.
Reinhard Zimmermann, Christian Church and Roman legal culture, Studia Prawnice KUL 2 (2022), 345–368.
Reinhard Zimmermann, Kościół chrześcijański a rzymska kultura prawna, Studia Prawnice KUL 2 (2022), 321–344.

Matthias Pendl, Emojis im (Privat-)Recht (Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht, 483), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2022, XV + 124 pp.
Reinhard Zimmermann, The Thirtieth, in: Helmut Grothe, Peter Mankowski, Frederick Rieländer (eds.), Europäisches und internationales Privatrecht – Festschrift für Christian von Bar zum 70. Geburtstag, C.H. Beck, München 2022, 419–434.
Knut Benjamin Pißler, Die Revision des chinesischen Zivilprozessgesetzes 2021: Entlastung der Justiz und Beschleunigung des Verfahrens, Zeitschrift für chinesisches Recht 2022, 27–31.
Michael Cremer, Samuel Zeh, Conference Report: Private International Law Festival 2022 Edinburgh, Conflictoflaws.net 2022

In the Spotlight

The role of company law, accounting law, and capital markets law in climate protection
It is not only politicians for whom climate change poses a challenge. German and international firms are increasingly confronted with questions surrounding the protection of the climate. Thus, headlines are made when claims for damages are filed against companies like Shell, BMW, Mercedes, or Volkswagen. But what is the situation with the regulatory mechanisms found in company law, accounting law, and capital markets law? Institute director Holger Fleischer has made a point of studying the extent to which these specialized disciplines can contribute in combating climate change.

Women in the field of law – Research as a profession: What can you do with scholarship?
Every year, International Women’s Day invites us to reflect on the social status of women, in particular their career opportunities. So we asked some of our women researchers about their formative experiences and motivation for going this route.

Turkish private law – Historical links, current legal questions, scholarly impulses
The political, economic and personal ties between Turkey – as well as its predecessor state, the Ottoman Empire – and the countries of Europe have a long history. Today, Turkey is one of the European Union’s largest trading partners. For legal practice in Germany and the EU, Turkish law stands as one of the most relevant foreign legal systems. With this significance in mind, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law has created a special platform dedicated to researching legal developments in Turkey.

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The Reformation of Greek-Orthodox Family Law: The Example of Jordan
Dörthe Engelcke explains at Latest Thinking why reforming the family laws of Christian communities in Middle Eastern countries is difficult.
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