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Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law
Mittelweg 187
20148 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 41900-0
Fax: +49 40 41900-288

Different countries, different cultures – and usually also a different basis for legal systems. The development of the European single market, the global integration of multinational business and commercial companies as well as the increasing internationalisation of our daily lives require that areas of private and commercial law provide solutions that cannot only be derived from the legal systems of individual countries. Academics at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg apply analysis of the differences and similarities between different legal systems to develop a foundation for an international understanding of law and its application to cross-border circumstances. This also includes addressing the methodological issues of comparative law and unification of law. The central research tool of the Institute is its library, which contains one of the world’s most extensive collections of literature on civil law.

Directors | Research Focus

  • Jürgen Basedow | Private International Law; European Private and Economic Law, especially Competition Law; Transport and Traffic Law; Insurance Law
  • Holger Fleischer | German, European and International Company Law and Securities Regulation, Commercial Law including Accounting Law, Economic Analysis of the Law and Comparative Law
  • Reinhard Zimmermann | Law of obligations and law of succession in historical and comparative perspective; mixed legal systems; harmonization of European private law

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    There is always the possibility to do a PhD. Please contact the directors or research group leaders at the Institute.

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