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International research projects

1. ChiP-NI - The Chinese "New Infrastructure" Project

2. Model rules on online platforms

3. Draft of a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence at European level

4. Human rights risks and compliance under the new Supply Chain Sourcing Obligations Act

5. Civil liability for human rights violations in Germany

6. The new regime for cross-border mergers

7. Protection, cooperation, and creativity in the field of digital resources

8. Young corporate forum

1. ChiP-NI - The Chinese "New Infrastructure" Project

The Examples of 5G and Smart Energy Transition between Structural Policy and Economic Stimulus Program

Key Facts:

In Germany, there is a lack of knowledge about the way in which China's national policies are implemented at the municipal and provincial levels. The ChiP-NI project aims to provide this knowledge by following the "funnel" of increasingly concrete lawmaking and law application across the three levels against the background of China's New Infrastructure Project. Using the two use cases of 5G and smart energy transition as examples, Professors Dr. (NTU) Georg Gesk and Dr. Bernd J. Hartmann, in collaboration with Chinese legal scholars, will tap into new Chinese sources of lawmaking through translation and place them in the cultural context of Chinese legal application practice.

For more information about this project, please click here.

Participating Professor, Partner or Institutes:

Prof. Dr. Bernd Hartmannm, Project Management CHiP-NI,
Prof. Dr. Gesk, Center for International Research on Chinese Law and Economics (CIRCLE), Inhaber der Professur für chinesisches Recht, Universität Osnabrück,
Prof. Dr. JIANG Huiyu (Anhui University of Finance and Economics),
Prof. Dr. SONG Yahui (Universität Nanjing),
Prof'in Dr. LA Sen (Beijing Technology and Business University)

Project Term: 

01.10.2021 - 30.09.2024

Project Funding: 

Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany

2. Model Rules on Online Platforms

The digital economy is increasingly shaped by online platforms serving as marketplaces where customers can buy goods or book services (eg Airbnb, Uber, Amazon). Their dynamics can be difficult to reconcile with the currently existing regulatory framework at EU level.

Key Facts:

The rise of online platforms is one of the fundamental economic and societal developments of recent years. The rapid growth of the ‘platform economy’ has triggered a debate over whether the regulatory framework has to be adjusted in order to adequately reflect the changing market structure. The ELI Project Team has drawn up a set of Model Rules that is meant as a contribution to the ongoing debate and provides a ‘visualisation’ of how a balanced approach could look, if regulatory action is considered necessary.

For more information about this project, please click here.

Participating Professors, Partner or Institutes:

Prof. Dr. Hans Schulte-Nölke, Rapporteur of the European Law Institute for Model Rules on Online Platforms. See here for a list of other European institutions. 

Project Term:

since 2015

3. Draft of a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

Organization of an international conference on the draft of a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence at European level. 

Key Facts:

On 23 February 2022, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence. The aim of this Directive is to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour and to anchor human rights and environmental considerations in companies’ operations and corporate governance. The new rules will ensure that businesses address adverse impacts of their actions, including in their value chains inside and outside Europe.

For more information about this project, including other European partners, please click here.

Participating Professor, Partners or Institutes:

Prof. Dr. Leonard Hübner

Project Term:

2023

4. Human rights risks and compliance under the new Supply Chain Sourcing Obligations Act

Key Facts:

The supply chain act seeks to improve international human rights situation by setting requirements for the responsible management of supply chains, with due diligence obligations graded according to the influence companies or branches can exert.

For more information about this project, please click here.

Participating Professor, Partner or Institutes:

Prof. Dr. Leonard Hübner,
Prof. Marc-Philippe Weller (Heidelberg),
Dr. Markus Lieberknecht (Harvard)

Project Term:

2022/2023

Project Funding:

Schweizer Pro Bono KBA-NotaSys Integrity Fund (CH)

5. Civil liability for human rights violations in Germany

Key facts:

The project "Civil liability for human rights violations in Germany" is an international cooperation on civil liability for human rights violations within the framework of a comparative law research and publication project.

Participating Professor, Partner or Institutes:

Prof. Dr. Leonard Hübner, 
Ekaterina Aristova (Oxford),
Uglješa Grušić (UCL)

Project Term:

2022

6. The new regime for cross-border mergers

Key Facts:

The project analyzes the new legal framework for cross-border mergers in the European Union.

Participating Professor, Partner or Institutes:

Prof. Dr. Leonard Hübner,
Prof. Paula del Val (Valencia)

7. Protection, cooperation, and creativity in the field of digital resources 数字资源法律保护协同创新

Key Facts:

The project's focuses on the "protection, cooperation, and creativity in the field of digital resources".

Participating Professors, Partner or Institute:

Prof. Dr. Georg Gesk (Osnabrück)
Anhui University, Guo Zhiyuan 郭志远

Project Term:

Joint project: 2021

Project Funding:

Chinese Project Finance

8. Young Corporate Law Forum

Key Facts:

The Young Corporate Law Scholars Forum took place for the first time at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. Young corporate law scholars from Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland met in the Ernst-Rabel-Hall of the Institute to discuss current topics of corporate law research.

For more information about this, click here.

Participating Professors, Partners or Institutes:

Prof. Dr. Leonard Hübner,
Colleagues from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Project Term:

permanent