Professor Jürgen Basedow

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Basedow, LL.M. (Harvard)

  • Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg

Born 1949 in Hamburg

Main Areas of Research
Private International Law, European Private and Economic Law, especially Competition Law, Transport and Traffic Law, Insurance Law

Academic Career
Studies in law and sociology at the universities of Hamburg, Geneva/Switzerland and Pavia/Italy. 1977 Visiting Research Fellow at the Asser Institute for International Law at The Hague (Dr. Voskuil), 1977-1978 Research Assistant at the Institute of Comparative Law at Paris (Prof. René Rodière); 1974 and 1979 First and Second State Examination in Law at Hamburg, Dr. iur. (Univ. of Hamburg), 1980-1981 Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., LL.M., 1979-1986 Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute, Hamburg, 1986 Dr. iur. habil. (Univ. of Hamburg). 1987-1995 Professor of Private Law, Comparative Law, Private International Law, International Litigation and International Economic Law at the University of Augsburg, 1993-1994 Dean of that Faculty, 1995-1997 Professor of Private Law, Private International Law and International Economic Law at the Free University of Berlin, since 1997 Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg and Professor at the University of Hamburg. Visiting Professor: Univ. of Ferrara (1989, 1991), Univ. of Genoa (1989, 1991), Univ. of Lyon III (1992, 1997), Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pa. (1993), Univ. of Verona (1999), Univ. of Rotterdam (2000), Univ. of Paris II (2001), Univ. of Tunis II (2002), Univ. of Oxford (2003). 1997 Course on International Competition Law (in French) at the Hague Academy of International Law.


in Governmental Advisory Committees: 1988-1991 Vice Chairman of the German Deregulation Committee (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs), 1988-now German Council of Private International Law (Federal Ministry of Justice), 1992-1993 Committee on the Licensing of Mass Consignments (Federal Ministry of Post and Communications), 1992-1996 Committee on Transport Law (Federal Ministry of Justice), 1996-2002 Referee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council) for Comparative Law, Private International Law and International Litigation, 1997-2000 Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry of Transport, 2000-2008 Member of the German Monopoly Commission, 2004-2008 its Chairman, 2000-2004 Committee on Insurance Law (Federal Ministry of Justice), 2004-now Think Tank on Private Enforcement of DG Competition of the European Commission, 2005-now Advisory Board of the German Supervisory Authority for Financial Services (BAFIN).

in Academies: Titular Member (since 1998) and Secretary General (since 2006) of the International Academy of Comparative Law, 1998-now Member and President Elect (2004) of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law, 1998-2000 Member of the German-American Academic Council, 2000-now Member of the Academia Europaea, Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2007), Member of the Scientific Council Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (2007), Member of the Board of Trustees of the Hamburgische Wissenschaftliche Stiftung (2007).

1979 Otto Hahn Medal, Max Planck Society; 1987 Kurt Hartwig Siemers Award, Hamburg Scientific Foundation; 1989 Award of the Stinnes Foundation; 2002 Honorary doctorate (Dr. h.c.) awarded by the University of Stockholm.

Academic administration
1993-1994 Dean of the Faculty of Law, Univ. of Augsburg; 2000-2003 Chairman of the Humanities Section, Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Science; 2004-2006 Acting Director of the Max Planck Institute for History, Göttingen.

Professor Basedow is also member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

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