The Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law

The Rabel Journal for Comparative and International Private Law pursues theoretical as well as practical goals. It serves as a forum promoting international scholarly dialogue and academic exchange. The Journal publishes articles pertaining to all areas of Institute research. Particular attention is devoted to European Union legislation and Conventions of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

Since its founding in 1927, the Rabel Journal has pursued both practical and theoretical aims. It serves as a forum for international scholarly dialogue and engagement with foreign research. It also provides German lawmakers with decision-making tools by elucidating other countries’ experiences, and it gathers informed opinions on issues arising from the increasing unification of laws through international treaties and other regulations.

The Rabel Journal publishes articles pertaining to all the Institute’s areas of focus, and has in recent years also increasingly addressed topics in business law and European law. It devotes particular attention to legal instruments of the European Union and Conventions of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Special issues provide in-depth and nuanced examination of specific topics. New legislation, treaties and comparative-law-based legislative drafts are reproduced and critically evaluated in the “legislative and other materials” section. A broad-ranging review section covers relevant academic literature from Germany and abroad.

The Rabel Journal is published by the directors of the MPI, Professor Holger Fleischer, Professor Ralf Michaels, and Professor Reinhard Zimmermann.

Guidelines for submitting authors

The acceptance of a manuscript for publication will be confirmed in writing and under the proviso that the submitted article is not being published or offered for publication elsewhere. By agreeing to publication the author conveys exclusive publication rights to the Mohr Siebeck publishing house. Submissions are evaluated by a review board (Editorial Committee). The editorial staff strives to complete the evaluative process within a period of three to six weeks. Articles typically comprise 20–30 printed pages, a printed page being made up of approximately 3,000 characters inclusive of empty spaces and footnotes.

Reviews are typically 3–4 printed pages in length with a printed page being made up of approximately 3,500 characters inclusive of empty spaces and footnotes. Books subject to review are sent to the authors from the RabelsZ editorial staff. In general, if the review has not been written, the book must be returned. As a general rule the language of publication is German, English or French. Submissions must in all instances be provided to the editorial staff in electronic form as a WORD document. Please also observe our stylesheet with Instructions for authors or the Instructions for reviewers. The editorial office reserves the right to revise manuscripts accordingly.

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