Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law
Category: research Institute
Carrier: Max Planck Society
Legal form of the carrier: Registered association
Seat of the wearer: Munich
Facility location: Hamburg
Type of research: Basic research
Subjects: Humanities , law
Areas of expertise: Private law , commercial law , business law , procedural law
Basic funding: Federal government (50%), states (50%)
Management: Reinhard Zimmermann (Managing Director), Ralf Michaels , Holger Fleischer
Employee: about 140

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg conducts basic comparative law research in the areas of foreign and international private , commercial , economic and procedural law .

In 1926 the Institute for Foreign and International Private Law of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the Advancement of Science was founded in Berlin . Ernst Rabel became director . Rabel in 1936 as part of the DC circuit deposed the Institute. From 1937 on, Ernst Heymann acted as the new director, in line with the National Socialists' intentions. In 1949 the institute was taken over by the successor company of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, the Max Planck Society . The institute has been located in Hamburg since 1956.

The institute provides scientific advice to domestic and foreign legislators, promotes young scientists together with the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg and is a center for international scientific exchange.

In the context of international private law, the institute acts upon request from German courts, for example in cross-border family matters .

On the initiative of the MPI for Private Law and the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy , the "Forum for International Sports Law" usually takes place once a year.


The institute's library collects literature on international and general private law from around the world. The inventory comprises over 500,000 volumes and over 2,000 regularly kept periodicals . After the Harvard Law School , the institute now has the world's largest collection of literature on international and foreign civil law. The library is purely a reference collection , no titles can be borrowed. The library therefore does not actively participate in the lending business. It is primarily used for research purposes by the scientists employed at the institute. Admission for guests is only possible in exceptional cases and upon request. The library is also constantly used by foreign guests such as doctoral and post-doctoral students.


  • Max Planck Society (ed.): Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law. 3. edit again. Edition (series: Reports and communications of the Max Planck Society, issue 1996/1) ISSN  0341-7778

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. see page about the forum for international sports law

Coordinates: 53 ° 33 ′ 45.5 ″  N , 9 ° 59 ′ 39.8 ″  E