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In Memoriam: Karen Knop

In Memoriam: Karen Knop

September 28, 2022
It is with shock and sadness that we learned of the sudden passing away of Karen Knop, Professor & Cecil A. Wright Chair, University of Toronto.

Dr Brooke Marshall, Lindemann Foundation scholar, in conversation
A Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Brooke Marshall researches and teaches in the areas of private law, private international law, and comparative law. Before joining the University of New South Wales, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute.

Professor Ahmed El Shamsy (University of Chicago): Is Islamic law ethical?
Guest lecture as part of the series “Afternoon Talks on Islamic Law” on 25 August 2022.

New Releases

Contribution to a Collected edition
Jan Peter Schmidt, A legítima em direito comparado e política jurídica, in: Lisiane Feiten Wingert Ody (ed.), Direito Comparado Alemanha-Brasil: temas de direito privado em estudos originais e traduzidos, vol. 2, Faculdade de Dereito da UFRGS, Porto Alegre 2022, 29–58.
Contribution to a Collected edition
Jan Peter Schmidt, Lições a partir da nova codificação do direito privado brasileiro, in: Lisiane Feiten Wingert Ody (ed.), Direito Comparado Alemanha-Brasil: temas de direito privado em estudos originais e traduzidos, vol. 2, Faculdade de Dereito da UFRGS, Porto Alegre 2022, 59–82.
Contribution to a Collected edition
Jan Peter Schmidt, A recepção do pensamento jurídico alemão no Brasil pela doutrina da boa-fé, in: Lisiane Feiten Wingert Ody (ed.), Direito Comparado Alemanha-Brasil: temas de direito privado em estudos originais e traduzidos, vol. 2, Faculdade de Dereito da UFRGS, Porto Alegre 2022, 83–102.
Contribution to a Collected edition
Reinhard Zimmermann, Ich betreibe Rechtsgeschichte ..., in: Peter Oestmann (ed.), Ich betreibe Rechtsgeschichte - 119 Liebeserklärungen, Böhlau, Wien/Köln 2022, 152–153.
Case Note
Jan Peter Schmidt, Pflichtteilsrecht und ordre public: Anmerkung zu BGH, June 29, 2022 – IV ZR 110/21, Zeitschrift für das gesamte Familienrecht 2022, 1493–1495.
Contribution to a Collected edition
Ralf Michaels, Gleichheit bei Rechtsvielfalt? Rechtsvergleichung, Rechtsvereinheitlichung, Internationales Privatrecht, in: Martin Gebauer, Stefan Huber (eds.), Freiheit und Gleichheit im Privatrecht. Ergebnisse der 37. Tagung der Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung in Greifswald – Fachgruppe Zivilrecht (Rechtsvergleichung und Rechtsvereinheitlichung, 82), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2022, 119–197.

Events

PD Dr. Manfred Sing (University of Freiburg): Islamic Bioethics: Development, Characteristics, Challenges

Afternoon Talk on Islamic Law
Oct 6, 2022 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
hybrid event

Franz Bauer: „…because he was to have nothing for his pains” – Unentgeltlichkeit als Privilegierungsgrund im deutschen und englischen Recht

Academic Council
Oct 17, 2022 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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

When images speak
Private Law Gazette 1/2022 - Emojis and their legal significance: As we come to rely more and more on digital communications, it is impossible to image doing without emojis. Though sometimes the bias still sticks that emojis are only for informal messaging, today their use is immensely popular – even in work and business settings.

Connected devices and digital possession
Private Law Gazette 1/2022 - Is the Internet of Things undermining property rights? In his habilitation monograph, Konrad Duden, senior research fellow at the Institute, examines the extent to which a connected device’s digital use is protected by virtue of that user’s owning or possessing the device.

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.

Social Media & Videos

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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