Centre of Expertise on Latin America
The Latin America Unit at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg is one of the most important competence centres for Latin American private law and business law in Germany and Europe. Together with the long-existing focal point on the law of the Mercosur, Brazilian law is a particular subject of academic inquiry.
Although it is difficult to reduce a culturally and socio-economically diverse region such as Latin America to a single common denominator, certain commonalities nevertheless exist so as to allow a meaningful academic treatment of all Latin American countries. In addition to the shared Iberian heritage in respect of language and culture, this includes above all the legal roots shared by today’s Latin American jurisdictions.
Just as the work of the Centre of Expertise covers a broad field, so too do its publications encompass a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from substantive private law in a narrow sense to procedural law to international private law. Beyond this, the publications also touch on subfields of public law such as commercial law and law concerning integration.
The Latin America Roundtable (Lateinamerikarunde
) offers Institute staff, guest scholars and interested members of the public the opportunity to learn more about recent developments in various areas of the civil law of Latin American countries. These sessions focus on a scholarly exchange meant to benefit both speakers and listeners.
A fellowship programme with the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo is designed to facilitate research stays of up to three months by Brazilian doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. The research stays aim to advance comparative scholarly study in the nascent field of Brazilian arbitration law.