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Marc-Philippe Weller

Visiting Professor of Law from
Heidelberg University, Germany

Increased mobility bears a high potential for choice of law systemsProfessional biography
Research interests
Influence beyond the academy
Inspiring passions and concerns
Most significant publications
Hopes for the Visiting Professor Programme

Professional biography
Marc-Philippe Weller is a professor of Private Law, Commercial Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law at Heidelberg University since 2014. He is also a Director at the Institute for Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws and International Business Law.

Following his Post-doctoral dissertation, published in 2009 on the "Sanctity of contracts" and honoured by the German Notary Institute’s Helmut Schippel award, he held his first professorship at the University of Mannheim (2008-2011). From 2011-2014 he held a chair for Commercial Law at the University of Freiburg. As of 2014, he has a professorship at Heidelberg University.

Professor Weller is a member of numerous associations and committees, including the Society of Civil Law (Zivilrechtsvereinigung), the German Council on Private International Law, and the Société de Législation Comparée in Paris. He is on the editorial board of two renowned German Law Reviews, Zeitschrift für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht (ZGR) and Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht (ZEuP).

What are your main research interests?
Within the broad area of private international law, my main research focuses on methodological changes in reaction to increased mobility and migration, regulatory and gender equality aspects of private international law, and corporate mobility and private international law.

My research further includes the international criminal liability of companies; gender equality in German corporations, contractual fidelity and general contractual theory.

How does your research have influence beyond the academic world? Does this include any roles you have beyond the academy?
My research on gender equality is a strong factor in guiding and raising young scholars at my chair and my capacity as a teacher. In crossing the internal boundaries of my discipline, I hope to improve the knowledge on migratory aspects on choice of law and the co-operation of different branches of the law on this challenge.

Is teaching still a significant part of your working life? What particular method or approach would you say characterises your teaching?
Teaching has been my primary motivation for choosing the academic path, and is still as fulfilling as it used to be on the first day of my career.

What specific passions or concerns particularly inspire you in your work?
Concerns over narrow-mindedness of corporate legal scholarship against societal change and social and economic inequalities, be they through gender discrimination or negative effects of globalization, are the driving factors for my current scholarship.

Which of your publications would you regard as the most significant and why?
Notwithstanding my ongoing projects, I still consider my postdoctoral thesis the benchmark of my research. Not only has it inspired a subsequent book project (Die Grenzen der Vertragstreue von Krisenstaaten), but it is also the foundation for much of my subsequent research.

What are you particularly hoping to achieve during your time as a Visiting Professor in Gothenburg?

As a passionate teacher, I am looking forward to a vivid and enriching interaction with the student body; as a researcher, I am excited to discuss my projects with Gothenburg faculty.

Marc-Philippe Weller


Would you like to meet Marc-Philippe and/or have an idea for future cooperation?

Send an email to his contact person at the School:
Rolf Dotevall

Or visit his home university website!

Focus areas:

  • Private International Law
  • European and International Commercial Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Contract Law
  • Corporate Law in interaction with other systems
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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-05-26