Private Law Gazette

Private Law Gazette

The people, issues and stories behind our research

May 18, 2022

Foundational legal research is varied in nature and touches upon real life. The twice yearly 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

Keeping an Eye on Digital Platforms

Private Law Gazette 1/2022 - Two sides of the Atlantic discuss new technologies, consumer protection law, and social inequality: From buying groceries, your checking account, and your insurance policies to leisure activities and vacation planning: Practically every mundane undertaking these days involves someone collecting and commercially exploiting your personal data. If this development was a slow burn before, the pandemic has poured on gasoline. Five research institutions launched a joint initiative to produce a seminar series exploring the socioeconomic consequences of the digital age in a legal context. more

A Professional Scholar’s Call to Science

Private Law Gazette 1/2022 - Her field of study, comparative family law, is about the origins of and basic assumptions behind gender roles, concepts of family and parenthood, and the legal forms they take. What motivated Nadjma Yassari, upon whom the University of Hamburg recently bestowed the title of Professor, to embark on this career path? more

Connected devices and digital possession

Private Law Gazette 1/2022 - Is the Internet of Things undermining property rights? In his habilitation monograph, Konrad Duden, senior research fellow at the Institute, examines the extent to which a connected device’s digital use is protected by virtue of that user’s owning or possessing the device. more

When images speak

Private Law Gazette 1/2022 - Emojis and their legal significance: As we come to rely more and more on digital communications, it is impossible to image doing without emojis. Though sometimes the bias still sticks that emojis are only for informal messaging, today their use is immensely popular – even in work and business settings. more

Law as a discipline transcending national borders

Private Law Gazette 1/2022 - Even in her early days as a law student, Verónica Ruiz-Abou-Nigm had been struck by the idea of law as an international discipline. She first put this into practice as a young lawyer for maritime law in Uruguay. Shortly thereafter, she embarked on an academic career that eventually led her to the University of Edinburgh, where she has now taught private international law for many years. As a researcher, she has been a guest at the Institute on numerous occasions. more

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