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Reimann, Mathias W.

Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law

330 Hutchins Hall
734.763.6331
E-mail purzel@umich.edu

Mathias W. Reimann, the Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law, received his basic legal education in Germany (Referendar, 1978; Assessor, 1981). He is a graduate of and holds a doctorate (Dr. iur. Utr., 1982) from the University of Freiburg Law School, where he taught for several years. He is also a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (LLM, 1983). He publishes widely both in the United States and abroad in the areas of comparative law, private international law, and legal history. He has held visiting appointments in many countries around the world, including France, Italy, Japan, Israel, Germany, and Austria. ​

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"How the United States Failed to Establish a 'Government of Laws'." Review of Failures of American Methods of Lawmaking, by James R. Maxeiner. Rechtsgeschichte (Forthcoming, 2019).

​"Comparative Law." In International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law. Brill, Forthcoming.​​

"Are There Universal Values in Choice-of-Law Rules?" (Forthcoming).

The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law. 2nd ed. Reinhard Zimmerman, co-author. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

"Comparative Law and Private International Law." In The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law. 2nd ed., edited by Mathias Reimann and Reinhard Zimmermann, 1339-70. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.
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"Unternehmenshaftung für Menschenrechtsverletzungen in den USA jenseits des Alien Tort Claims Act." In Zivil- und strafrechtliche Unternehmensverantwortung für Menschenrechtsverletzungen, edited by Markus Krajewski et al., 101-46. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2018.

"The European Advantage in Global Lawyering." Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 82, no. 4 (2018): 885-921.
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Review of Die Historische Rechtsschule, by Hans-Peter Haferkamp. Law & Hist. Rev. 36, no. 3 (2018): 673-5.
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"Historical Jurisprudence." In The Oxford Handbook of Legal History, edited by Markus D. Dubber and Christopher Tomlins, 398-423. Oxford: Oxford University. Press, 2018.
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"Bilingual Legal Education in the United States: The Insufficient Status Quo and a Call for More Action." Am. J. Comp. L. 66, no. 1 (2018): 67-89.
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"Begriff und Zweck im Recht: Ein Geburtstagsblatt fuer Rudolf von Jhering." Nils Jansen, co-author. Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht, no. 1 (2018): 89-128.

"Private Enforcement in the United States and in Europe: A Comparative Perspective and Potential Lessons for Asia." In Enforcement of Corporate and Securities Law: China and the World, edited by R. H. Huang and N. C. Howson, 14-42. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

"Interest and Policy Analysis in Private International Law." In Encyclopedia of Private International Law, edited by J. Basedow et al., vol. 2: 980-8. Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar, 2017.
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"Better Law Approach." In Encyclopedia of Private International Law, edited by J. Basedow et al., vol. 1: 180-87. Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar, 2017.
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​Review of American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction, by G. Edward White. Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte: Germanistische Abteilung 134, no. 1 (2017): 541-3.
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Review of Rechtsvergleichung, by U. Kischel. Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht (2016): 781.

"Choice-of-Law Codification in Modern Europe: The Costs of Multi-Level Law-Making." Creighton L. Rev. 49, no. 3 (2016): 507-22.
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