Julius Weitzdörfer, former Research Assistant at the Centre of Expertise on Japan at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, has accepted a post at the FernUniversität in Hagen (University of Hagen). His appointment as Junior Professor took effect on 1 September 2020; officially in the field of East Asian law with an emphasis on Japanese law. more

In September 2020, Prof. Dr. Ralf Michaels, LL.M. (Cambridge), Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, joined the ranks of the Academia Europaea. Membership in this scientific society is an honour signifying continuing academic excellence. more

Priv.-Doz. Elena Dubovitskaya, Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, has been awarded the Förderpreis of Esche Schümann Commichau Foundation for her post-doctoral dissertation on the obligation of stock company board members to disclose information. more

Prof. Dr. Lena Salaymeh, former Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, will become British Academy Global Professor at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (as of 1 September 2020). more

Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus J. Hopt, MCJ (NYU), Director Emeritus at the Institute, celebrates his 80th birthday on 24 August 2020. The internationally renowned scholar was Director at the Institute from 1995 to 2008. He was a professor in Tübingen, Florence, Bern, Munich and Hamburg and also served as visiting professor at universities in the USA, Japan and Europe. more

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. Scholarships for 2021 have been suspended. more

In a newly authored commentary, Institute Director Holger Fleischer examines in detail the central provision governing de facto corporate groups, § 311 Stock Corporation Law (AktG). The comprehensive introductory treatment traces the development of stock corporation law from the Weimar Republic to the major reform of 1965 and on to the most recent changes effected by the EU Directive on shareholders’ rights. more

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