The people, issues and stories behind our research

The people, issues and stories behind our research

Foundational legal research is varied in nature and touches upon real life. The Private Law Gazette reports on research topics and presents Institute scholars along with their current projects. It portrays life at the Institute and offers an overview of current publications and academic events.

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Selected articles

Self-reflection in Corporate Law. An interim assessment and a look ahead

Discourse analysis has a long tradition in academia. In the context of his research on the "microcosm of corporate law", Holger Fleischer undertakes to assess corporate law as an academic discipline. Having reference to Pierre Bourdieu, he states that a necessary condition of academic work is a critical examination of the traditions of thought and research that are specific to a given discipline. more

A Navigator in the Global Discourse: In conversation with Daniel Bonilla Maldonado

Private Law Gazette 1/2023 – In most Western countries the rights of nature remain only a theoretical notion. Nonetheless, the idea of protecting our natural environment by endowing it with enforceable rights is gaining in popularity. But what exactly do we mean when we speak of nature? Daniel Bonilla Maldonado has focused his recent academic efforts on the various natural rights models that have been developed and advanced, especially in the Global South. more

Research in a place of freedom and safety

Private Law Gazette 1/2023 – The danger and uncertainty resulting from persecution, war or catastrophe often make it difficult or even impossible to pursue scholarly work. Through a variety of programs, the Institute offers several researchers whose countries of origin pose particular dangers the chance to continue their academic work. Three of them describe their current situation. more

Rights of nature on the upswing

Private Law Gazette 2/2022 – Over the last two decades, the relationships between humans, nature, and law have become an important field of research worldwide. Countries as various as Ecuador, Bolivia, New Zealand, India, and Uganda have already recognized nature as a rights-holder. The global movement has also arrived in Europe, where discussions about or efforts to implement rights of nature are already underway in multiple countries. more

Legal pathways in a dynamic environment. Exploring the Chinese Civil Code through comparative analysis

Private Law Gazette 2/2022 - China’s economic and political stature demands a scholarly response that can surmount linguistic as well as cultural barriers. Much is spoken nowadays of a growing need for competence on China. The Institute can look back all the while on a long scholarly tradition of covering Chinese civil law. The existence of a dedicated China desk goes back to Berlin, to what was then the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Comparative and International Private Law. Legal scholar and sinologist Knut Benjamin Pißler has been running its counterpart at the MPI since 2002. Under Pißler, what used to be the China desk has expanded into the Centre of Expertise on China and Korea. more

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