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Reimann, Mathias W.

Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law

334 Hutchins Hall

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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"Better Law", "Interest and Policy Analysis." In European Encyclopedia of Private International Law, edited by J. Basedow. Forthcoming. ​

Co-author. "The Unification of Law in Federal Systems." D. Halberstam, co-author. In General Report for the Thematic Conference of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Forthcoming.

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

"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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"Savigny-Übersetzungen und Savigny-Bilder in der Welt des Common Law." In Savigny international?, edited by J. Rückert and T. Duve, 49-91. Studien zur europäischen Rechtsgeschichte, vol. 291. Frankfurt: Klostermann, 2015.

"Product Liability." In Comparative Tort Law, edited by M. Bussani and A. Sebok. Research Handbooks in Comparative Law Series. Edward Elgar, 2015.​
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Review of Codifying Choice of Law Around the World: An International Comparative Analysis, by S. C. Symeonides. Am. J. Comp. L. 63, no. 3 (2015): 801-9.
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"The American Advantage in Global Lawyering." Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 78, no. 1 (2014): 1-36.
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Co-author. "Federalism and Legal Unification: Comparing Methods, Results, and Explanations Across Twenty Systems." D. H. Halberstam, co-author. In Federalism and Legal Unification: A Comparative Empirical Investigation of Twenty Systems. 2nd ed., edited by D. H. Halberstam and M. W. Reimann. Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2014.
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Co-editor. Federalism and Legal Unification: A Comparative Empirical Investigation of Twenty Systems. 2nd ed. D. H. Halberstam, co-editor. Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice, 28. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2014.
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Co-author. Transnational Law: Cases and Materials. T. Dickinson, J. C. Hathaway, and J. Samuels, co-authors. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West, 2013.
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"Rückzug der "Rechtsweltmacht"?" In Festschrift für Rolf Stürner zum 70. Geburtstag, edited by A. Bruns et al., 1779-800. Tübingen, Ger.: Mohr Siebeck, 2013.
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"Das Ende der Menschenrechtsklagen vor den amerikanischen Gerichten?" Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts 5 (2013): 455-62.


Taught a course on German 19th-century jurist Rudolf von Jhering at the summer academy of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, St. Johann/Italy, August 2016.

Gave the opening lecture on "A European Advantage on Global Lawyering" at the Final Conference on European Private Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, May 2016.

Presented "The Codification of Choice-of-Law in the European Union" at the Association of American Law Schools Section on Conflict of Laws, New York, January 2015.