Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Trustees

Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Trustees

With the scientific advisory board and the board of trustees, the Institute’s directorate benefits from two committees that are in a position to observe and evaluate the Institute’s academic performance from an external perspective. The scientific advisory board is populated by scholars from in- and outside Germany who evaluate the Institute’s academic activities. The board of trustees, by contrast, is composed of representatives from politics, business and the media; its task is to promote the Institute's contact with the public and foster connections with parties having an interest in the Institute's research.

Scientific Advisory Board

The Institute possesses a scientific advisory board whose most significant task is evaluating the academic work of the Institute and on this basis advising the Institute leadership as to the planning and achievement of research projects. Additionally, the advisory board consults with the presidents of the Max Planck Society in respect of the academic progress made by the Institute. The scientific advisory board comprises internationally recognised scholars from in and outside Germany who possess expertise across the Institute's research spectrum. Nominated by the Institute leadership, the members of the advisory board are appointed by the presidents of the Max Planck Society. Advisory boards are constituted for a six year term of office. The current members are as follows:

  • Prof. Dr. Hannah Buxbaum, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Prof. Dr. Vivian Curran, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh
  • Prof. Dr. Jacques du Plessis, Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof. Dr. Susan Emmenegger, Institut für Bankrecht, Bern
  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Heirbaut, Department of Jurisprudence and Legal History of Law, University of Ghent
  • Prof. mr. Corjo Jansen, Faculty of Law, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • The Right Honourable Lord Patrick Stewart Hodge, The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz-Peter Mansel, Institut für Internationales und Ausländisches Privatrecht, Universität zu Köln
  • Prof. Dr. Salvatore Patti, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Sapienza, Università di Roma
  • Prof. Dr. Andrés Recalde, Derecho Privado, Social y Económico, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Prof. Dr. Gerald Spindler, Institut für Wirtschaftsrecht, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Karsten Thorn, Lehrstuhl Privatrecht V, Bucerius Law School
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Torggler, Institut für Unternehmens- und Wirtschaftsrecht, Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Wien

Board of Trustees

The Institute's board of trustees undertakes to promote the Institute's contact with the public and, moreover, to foster the Institute's connection with the individuals and organisations for whom the Institute's research carries particular interest. The board and the Institute leadership confer on the significant results of the Institute's research work as well as its development and perception in the community. The board of trustees consists of prominent representatives from Institute-relevant arenas of society, politics and media. Board members are proposed by the Institute leadership and named to a six-year term by the presidents of the Max Planck Society; repeated appointments are possible. The current members are as follows:

  • Clarissa Ahlers-Herzog, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Hamburg
  • Erika Andreß, Präsidentin Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht, Hamburg
  • Dr. Barbara Bludau, Rechtsanwälte Pöllath + Partners, München
  • Dr. Christian Breitzke, Rechtsanwälte Lebuhn & Puchta, Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Lado Chanturia, Richter am Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte, Straßburg
  • Prof. Dr. Ninon Colneric, ehem. Ko-Dekanin der China-EU School of Law, Peking
  • Katharina Fegebank, Zweite Bürgermeisterin und Senatorin in der Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Gleichstellung und Bezirke, Hamburg
  • Jakob Kleefass, Esche Schümann Commichau, Hamburg
  • Aygül Özkan, PCC Services GmbH der Deutschen Bank, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Vasilios Skouris, ehem. Präsident des Gerichtshofs der Europäischen Gemeinschaften, Luxemburg
  • Dr. Till Steffen, Senator in der Behörde für Justiz und Gleichstellung, Hamburg
  • Dr. Hubert Weis, ehem. Leiter der Abt. für Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht, Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz, Berlin
  • Dr. Martin Willich, ehem. Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung Studio Hamburg GmbH
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