Exchange Programme with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg

The exchange is open to Faculty members and graduate research students of the Oxford Law Faculty who wish to pursue research at the Max Planck Institute. Under the agreement with the Max Planck Institute, Oxford may send to Hamburg either one eligible person for a six-month period or a number of eligible persons for shorter periods totalling six months. The Max Planck Institute will provide accommodation, free of charge, reasonable travel expenses, (shared) office space with a computer, and generous library access. There will be no teaching or other formal obligations, although visitors might be asked to give a paper on their ongoing research. Knowledge of the German language is an asset, but is not required in the working environment of the Hamburg Institute.

Information about applying to the programme will be sent via the Faculty mail lists at the beginning of the academic year. Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Administrator of the Institute.

 

I visited the MPI Hamburg for four weeks between June/July 2016 and stayed in one of the MPI guest apartments which is attached to the MPI. This makes the commute to work very efficient. The purpose of my visit was to access German literature and judgments for a monograph I am currently working on. The forthcoming book compares the legal methodology that English and German courts apply when they interpret national law in conformity with an EU directive. It will be published by Intersentia.
 
Before setting off to Hamburg, I had contacted Professor Zimmermann who was kind enough to allow me to present my research during the weekly „Aktuelle Stunde“ at the MPI. Due to the high number of English-speaking visitors at the MPI, the presentation was very well attended. As a side note, the staff at the MPI all speak English and knowledge of German is not needed to make the most out of a visit to the MPI. The library resources are excellent; so is the access to German legal databases and journals in electronic form. I also made use of the possibility to visit the library of the Faculty of Law, University of Hamburg (10 minute walk away) to get hold of material that was not available at the MPI.
 
In sum: I had a very productive time working in the MPI library.
 

 


 

Alpa Scholarships

These scholarships, funded through the generosity of Professor Guido Alpa (Professore ordinario di diritto civile at the University of Rome Sapienza), enable an exchange between the Law Faculties of Oxford and Rome Sapienza. One scholarship of £5,000 will be offered each academic year to enable either a doctoral research student or an early career academic of the Oxford Law Faculty to spend up to two months undertaking research at the Law Faculty of the University of Rome Sapienza. The timing of the visit is flexible, and will be agreed between the Scholar and the Dean of the Law Faculty at Sapienza. The Scholarship is intended to cover the costs of the visit (including travel and accommodation).

Information about applying to the programme will be sent via the Faculty mail lists at the beginning of the academic year. Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Administrator of the Institute.