Jürgen Samtleben, former senior research fellow and head of the Latin America Unit at the Institute, received the Jürgen Prölss Prize on 19 January 2022. The prize is awarded annually by the Department of Law at Freie Universität Berlin in recognition of academic work done by lawyers – in the German language – in a non-legal field. Jürgen Samtleben was honoured for his research on the work of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Guest lecture at the workshop series “Current Research in Private International Law", 4 January 2022.

The Centre of Expertise on Turkey at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law initiated this series as an international forum for discussion of current issues in Turkish law. Each one-hour seminar will consist of a roughly thirty-minute lecture followed by questions and discussion. The inaugural seminar will be held online at 2 p.m. on 24 January 2022.

Digital Economy and Inequality (part I)

Transatlantic Seminar: Consumer Law, Technology and Inequality
Feb 9, 2022 16:00

Digital Economy and Inequality (part II)

Transatlantic Seminar: Consumer Law, Technology and Inequality
Feb 16, 2022 16:00

The Institute

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.

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

Jakob Hahn, Das Schadensrecht der Geschäftsleiterhaftung. Schadensbegriff – Verbandsgeldbußenregress – Reputationsschaden – Vorteilsausgleichung (Abhandlungen zum Deutschen und Europäischen Gesellschafts- und Kapitalmarktrecht, 193), Bucerius Law School Hamburg 2021, Berlin 2022, PhD Thesis, 333 pp.
Lena Salaymeh, Ralf Michaels, Decolonial Comparative Law: A Conceptual Beginning, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 86 (2022), 166–188.
Jan Peter Schmidt, Zusammenspiel von Erb-, Insolvenz- und Prozessstatut – Anmerkung zu OGH, June 22, 2021 – 10 Ob 42/20 d, Zeitschrift für Familien- und Erbrecht 17 (2022), 48.
Monika Lehner, Ist das Pflichtteilsrecht noch zeitgemäß?, Neue juristische Wochenschrift, NJW-aktuell 52 (2021), 15.

Christa Jessel-Holst, Macedonian civil law before the German courts, Godišnik na pravniot fakultet „Justinijan Prvi“ vo Skopje/Annuaire de la Faculté de droit „Justinianus Primus“ de Skopje vo čest na Gale Galev Bd. 59, Skopje 2021, 125–132.
Jochen Hoffmann, Simon Horn, Die Neuordnung des internationalen Personengesellschaftsrechts, Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 86 (2022), 65–90.
Jan Peter Schmidt, L'applicazione del Reg. Ue n. 650/2012 nella prassi tedesca, Rivista di diritto civile 67 (2021), 1241–1250.
Jan D. Lüttringhaus, Stefan Korch, Formbedürftigkeit von W&I-Versicherungsverträgen, Wertpapier-Mitteilungen, Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Bankrecht 2022, 1–7.

In the Spotlight

Traditional notions of family, marriage, and parenthood around the world have changed significantly in recent decades. The result is often that black-letter law is at odds with both actual practices and the social reality. Since 2009, the research group “Changes in God’s Law” at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law has been studying developments in the civil law of Muslim jurisdictions. The group is led by Nadjma Yassari. One of its current focuses is the law of succession.

The Origins of Company Law

September 29, 2021
Legislation in the field of company law arrived on the scene only at a relatively late stage. For centuries, it was articles of incorporation and contracts which ensured that the rules essential to the existence of a company were set out in a binding manner. From accounting and non-competition clauses to the structuring of management and supervisory bodies, these instruments served as models for the later creation of statutory rules.

Allowing all people to live in dignity while at the same time protecting our natural environment is one of the globe’s greatest challenges. This aim is expressed in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set out in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda. The law stands as an important vehicle for their implementation. In cooperation with Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm and Hans van Loon, Institute Director Ralf Michaels has launched a research project that examines the role of private international law in realizing the UN goals.

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Can Islamic law develop without state interference? Analysing change in Islamic law can help us understand social and political developments in the Muslim world. Dominik Krell talks about his research about divorce law in Saudi Arabia.
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