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Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Institut für Osteuropäisches Recht - Prof. Dr. Alexander Trunk
Siegel der Fakultät
Institute of East European Law of the University at Kiel

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New: The website of the Institute is going to be restructured. The new website will be accessible at The current website will continue to be accessible online for the time being until its contents will have been transferred to the new website.


Further information (selection, for a full overview please have a look at the "Nachrichten"-subpage in German):  

On 23 December 2011 the anniversary volume commemorating the founding of the Institute of East European Law at Kiel University 50 years ago has been published with Eul Verlag (2011).

On 6/7 June 2013 Prof. Trunk gave speaches on EU procedural law at the Euro-Asian Juridical Congress in Ekaterinburg.

On 29/30 May 2013 the Institute held in cooperation with the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Azerbaijan a conference in Baku on public international issues of the law of international trade in the region of the Caucasus and Central Asia (part of our research project on the law of international trade in this region).

From 8 - 10 April 2013 the Institute organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Schleswig-Holstein and other Institutes of Kiel University a German-Russian Conference on Topical Issues of Crime Prevention.

In January 2013 Prof. Trunk and Professor Willam E. Butler (Pennsylvania State University) held joint online classes on comparative and Russian law.

Within a series of lectures on migration in Eastern Europe organized by the Center of East European Studies at Kiel University prof. Trunk  gave a speech on 10 November 2011 on "Migration from Eastern to Western Europe and International Family Law".

On 7/8 October 2011 the Institute organized the 2011 annual meeting (in Kiel) of the German-Russian Law Institute. For the first time, a German-Russian young lawyers prize has been awarded (sponsored by several law firms).

Dr. Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert and Mr. Christoph von Teichman, partners of Latham & Watkins LLP (Hamburg), taught at our Faculty in the winter term 2011/2012 (in English). Dr. Seelmann-Eggebert taught International Commercial Arbitration, Mr. Christoph von Teichman taught Drafting Contracts with International Parties.

On 22/23 September 2011 the Institute co-organized (together with UNCTAD and the Croatian Ministry of the Economy) a conference and workshop on International Investment Law in Transition Economies (in Zagreb, Croatia).

In August 2011 Prof. Trunk visited several universities in Korea and China, giving speeches on approximation of private law in the EU and on the planned reform of the Russian Civil Code.

In July 2011 the Institute organized - together with partners in Wiesbaden/Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg - the 2nd Inter-University Summer School in German Law (in Russian language).

On 8 July 2011 the Institute of East European Law has received a grant by Volkswagen Foundation for a research project "Law of International Trade in the Regions of Caucasus and Central Asia". Before the project can be started, some issues of co-financing have yet to be solved.

From 23 - 25 June 2011 the Institute organized - together with the Russian Federal Chamber of Notaries - a comparative seminar on German and Russian law of inheritance (in Luebeck). 

On 22 June 2011 the Ambassor of Belarus in Germany, H.E. Andrej Giro, gave a speach at the Law Faculty on "Belarus and Baltic Sea Cooperation".

From 15 - 21 May 2011 Prof. Trunk held a joint seminar on "Unification of European Private Law in Comparison with Russian Law" in St. Petersburg (in cooperation with the Law Faculty of St. Petersburg State University). More detailed information about the seminar in English. Furthermore Prof. Trunk chaired a working panel on civil law in the 1st symposium on German-Russian legal cooperation in St. Petersburg and a working session on topical issues of the rule of law in the First St. Petersburg Legal Forum.

As from the summer semester 2011 Prof. Lado Chanturia (University of Tbilissi), former Minister of Justice of Georgia and former President of the Supreme Court of Georgia, teaches at Kiel University as a DAAD-Gastdozent. His main focus of teaching and research in Kiel is civil and business law as well as civil procedure law of post-Soviet states.

In the winter semester 2010/2011 (on 10 - 12 Feb 2011) we organized a seminar on International and Comparative Insolvency Law (seminar languages: English and German). Further information about the seminar is available here.

In October 2010 Prof. Trunk was nominated a member of the steering group for enhanced cooperation between Germany and Russia in the field of law as part of the "partnership for modernization" between the two countries.

Dr. Richard Happ (law firm Luther, Hamburg) taught International Commercial Arbitration and Conciliation (in English) at our Law Faculty in the winter semester 2010/2011 (invitation by Prof. Trunk).

Prof. Fryderyk Zoll (Krakow University and Osnabrueck University) taught European Private Law at our Law Faculty in the winter semester 2010/2011 (invitation by Prof. Trunk). In addition there was a guest lecture on this topic by Prof. Paul Varul (Tartu University) on 4 February 2011. 

In August and September 2010 Prof. Alexander Erdelevskij, Moscow State Law Academy, was a guest at the Institute (DAAD scholarship). Prof. Erdelevskij is one of the leading Russian experts in the field of the law of damages.

From 24 July to 7 August 2010 the Institute organized a summer course on German law (in Russian language) for students and young law teachers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. The course took place in Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg and Kiel.

From 11 to 16 July 2010 a delegation of judges from Kyrgyzstan visited the Institute for joint work on a Commentary of the Kyrgyz Code of Civil Procedure (financing by GTZ).

On 7 July 2010 Prof. Trunk was elected dean of the Law Faculty of Kiel University.

Mr. Evgenij Patrikeev (St. Petersburg State University), holder of the Bundeskanzler scholarship of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and guest at the Institute, received a prolongation of his scholarship until December 2010. Mr. Vadim Abolonin (Urals State Law Academy) has been granted a Bundeskanzler scholarship of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the academic year 2010/2011 and will be at the Institute as from October 2010.

In April 2010 the Institute organized the concluding Conference on "Foreign Investment Law in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia" (project financed by Volkswagen Foundation). Several winners of the young scholars competitions, which were organized within this project, have received grants for research stays in Kiel and will be at the Institute until autumn.

Сontact information:

Leibnizstr. 4/III, D-24118 Kiel; phone +49-(0)431-880-2886, fax  +49-(0)431-880-1777; email:

Technischer Ansprechpartner: Benjamin Bremert, Tel.: (0431) 880-2173