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Coronavirus: Protective Measures Update

March 01, 2021
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.

The Allocation of Voting Rights in the Usufruct of Company Shares. A German-French Comparative Study

March 01, 2021
Usufruct is a legal instrument claiming a long history. In addition to its application in the context of land and adjoining structures, it has come to play a particularly important role in estate planning as regards the transfer of businesses or partnerships upon succession.

25 Years of the Journal of Japanese Law

February 04, 2021
Since 1996 the ZJapanR/J.Japan.L. has been a central Western-language forum for academic exchange on Japanese law. With the release of Issue No. 50, Harald Baum, former head of the Centre of Expertise on Japan at the MPI for Private Law and founder of the Journal of Japanese Law, hands over editorial direction to his successor at the Institute, Ruth Effinowicz.

The Institute


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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.

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.

New Releases


Holger Fleischer, Änderungen des KG-Rechts im Regierungsentwurf eines Gesetzes zur Modernisierung des Personengesellschaftsrechts, Deutsches Steuerrecht 2021, 483–491.
Denise Wiedemann, Klausur Zivilrecht „Der Parkassistent“, Juristische Arbeitsblätter 2021, 198.
Klaus J. Hopt, Rüdiger Veil, Gli stakeholders nel diritto azionario Tedesco: il concetto e l’applicazione. Spunti comparatistici di diritto europeo e statunitense, Rivista delle società 64 (2020), 921–955.
Ben Gerrit Köhler, Die Vorteils- und Gewinnherausgabe im CISG. Zugleich ein Beitrag zu Zulässigkeit und Grenzen der eigenständigen Weiterentwicklung des Übereinkommens (Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht, 462), Universität des Saarlandes 2020, Tübingen 2021, PhD Thesis, XXX + 380 pp.

Klaus J. Hopt, Christoph Kumpan, Governance in börsennotierten und anderen bedeutenden Aktiengesellschaften – Vorstand und Aufsichtsrat auf dem Prüfstand nach dem Finanzmarktintegritätsstärkungsgesetz (FISG), Die Aktiengesellschaft 2021, 129–140.
Stefan Korch, Anmerkung zu BGH, October 15, 2020 – IX AR (VZ) 2/19 (Zum Einsichtsrecht des Kommanditisten in die Akten des Insolvenzeröffnungsverfahrens über das Vermögen der Gesellschaft), Entscheidungen zum Wirtschaftsrecht 2021, 79–80.
Elena Dubovitskaya, Außergerichtliche Anspruchsberühmung, Archiv für die civilistische Praxis 2021, 139–178.
Holger Fleischer, Kommentierung der §§ 76–94 AktG, in: Gerald Spindler, Eberhard Stilz (eds.), beck-online Großkommentar zum Aktiengesetz, Stand 01.02.2021, C.H. Beck, München 2021.

In the Spotlight


New Centre for the Application of Foreign Law

Globalisation, the European Single Market and migration unmistakeably shape the legal relations between individuals and businesses in today’s Europe. With the increasing international interdependence of private and professional matters, the number of cross-border legal disputes heard by German judges is also growing. The frequent application of foreign law by German judges is indeed an occurrence which those outside legal circles are often unaware of. Yet where do judges secure the necessary knowledge about the 200 different legal systems found around the world?

Early marriage in the constitutional spotlight

In 2017, the Law to Combat Child Marriage came into force in Germany, preventing minors in Germany from entering into a marriage and rendering without effect marriages concluded by minors abroad. This law is now being subject to constitutional scrutiny. A team of academics led by Nadjma Yassari and Ralf Michaels has authored a comparative assessment for the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) that examines the phenomenon of early marriage in the context of various legal systems and cultures.

Controversy on the Legal Consequences of the COVID-19 Crisis

The coronavirus affects not only the human organism – it also radically impacts economic processes. The COVID-19 crisis, described as a “natural disaster in slow motion”, has affected all areas of economic life and therefore poses major challenges in a number of legal areas. In the realm of contract law, there is an ongoing and intense dispute as to whether commercial tenants are entitled to make reduced payments to their landlords as a result of foregone revenue.

Social Media & Videos


How can we ensure that an inheritance is distributed as desired?

Video January 06, 2021
The liquidation of a deceased person’s estate is a complex legal proceeding, particularly with international cases. In this Latest Thinking interview, Jan Peter Schmidt, head of the Centre for the Application of Foreign Law at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, shares his historical and comparative research on the topic, including suggestions for German lawmakers.
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