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Ido Shahar (University of Haifa, Israel): Rupture or Continuity in Muslim Family Law: A New Look at the ‘Interpretative Viability’ of Codified Sharī’a
Guest lecture as part of our series “Afternoon Talks on Islamic Law” on 8 December 2022.

Dörthe Engelcke elected to the Arab-German Young Academy
In November of 2022, Dörthe Engelcke, senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, was admitted to the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA). She was one of eleven early-career scholars selected for membership last year.

Swarms in the Law

Swarms in the Law

January 04, 2023
Human swarms arise and take shape mainly on the major internet platforms. This book, edited by Ben Köhler and Stefan Korch, senior research fellows at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, addresses the legal challenges posed by human swarms and by the phenomenon of emergent collectivity, for example in relation to shitstorms, swarm trading, and wildcat strikes.

New Releases

Contribution to a Commentary
Stefan Korch, § 42 (Anzeige von Zahlungsunfähigkeit und Überschuldung), in: Christoph H. Seibt, Lars Westpfahl (eds.), Unternehmensstabilisierungs- und -restrukturierungsgesetz (StaRUG), Kommentar, 1. ed., Otto Schmidt, Köln 2023, 754–787.
Contribution to a Commentary
Stefan Korch, § 43 (Pflichten und Haftung der Organe), in: Christoph H. Seibt, Lars Westpfahl (eds.), Unternehmensstabilisierungs- und -restrukturierungsgesetz (StaRUG), Kommentar, 1. ed., Otto Schmidt, Köln 2023, 787–834.
Case Note
Konrad Duden, IPR im Ungefähr – Nichtermittelbarkeit ausländischen Rechts, Ersatzrechtsanwendung und Offenlassen des anwendbaren Rechts, Anmerkung zu Hanseatisches OLG Hamburg, March 29, 2021 – 2 W 17/20, Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts 2023, 49–56.
Journal Article
Konrad Duden, Funktionssperren und digitale Sachherrschaft – AGB-Klausel zur Legitimierung einer Batteriesperre, Neue Juristische Wochenschrift 2023, 18–21.
Journal Article
Holger Fleischer, Philipp Alexander Hülse, Klimaschutz und aktienrechtliche Kompetenzverteilung: Zum Für und Wider eines „Say on Climate“, Der Betrieb 2023, 44–53.
Journal Article
Holger Fleischer, Die US-amerikanische Benefit Corporation als Referenz- und Vorzeigemodell im Recht der Sozialunternehmen, Die Aktiengesellschaft 2023, 1–14.

Events

Professor Dr. DING Chunyan (City University of Hong Kong): A Legal Innovation to Enhance Governance through Litigation: The Dual-Track Public Interest Litigation in China

Hamburg Lecture Series on Chinese Law
Feb 10, 2023 04:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Virtual Workshop with Dário Moura Vicente (University of Lisbon)

Current Research in Private International Law
Mar 7, 2023 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
online

Virtual Workshop with Wolfgang Hau (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Current Research in Private International Law
Apr 4, 2023 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
online

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

Institute director Reinhard Zimmermann lauded at symposium honouring transition to emeritus status
Former students of Reinhard Zimmermann, his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, and others who accompanied him on his journey at one time or another came together on 14 October 2022 to join in celebrating the internationally renowned legal scholar and long-time director at the Institute. They showered him with standing ovations.

Rights of Nature
During the last two decades, the connections between nature, human beings, and law have become a relevant object of study around the globe. The constitutionalization of rights of nature in Bolivia and Ecuador, along with the recognition of the rights of rivers in New Zealand and Canada and of a lake in India are exemplary cases that have attracted the attention of legal scholars both in the Global North and South.

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.

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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