[Adapted from the 21 May news item from the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (MPI)]
A ground-breaking English-language summary and commentary on leading Japanese judgments in the field of business law has been published as a Festschrift to mark the 60th birthday of Harald Baum, the Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Japan Unit at the MPI in Hamburg. Students, colleagues and friends of Harald Baum from Europe, Japan, the USA and Australia [namely, Luke Nottage] honour the achievements of the longstanding Max Planck academic with a collection of 72 judgments from Japanese courts on issues of intellectual property rights, civil law and international private and business law.
The collection of cases edited by Moritz Bälz, Marc Dernauer, Christopher Heath and Anja Petersen-Padberg complements the Handbuch Japanisches Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht (Encyclopedia of Japanese Commercial and Business Law) which Harald Baum edited with Moritz Bälz in 2011. The Festschrift contains contributions from over 50 notable authors from academia and legal practice and thus becomes one of the standard works on Japanese business law written in a Western language. The publishers note their intention of ensuring that the contributions do justice to the high academic standards repeatedly set by the honouree.
The Festschrift was presented to him at the Institute by the publishers on 14 May 2012 during an academic ceremony, including an address by Prof. John O. Haley. Prof. Dr. Harald Baum has been a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Japan Unit he founded at the Institute in Hamburg since 1985. As founding editor since 1996 of the Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht / Journal of Japanese Law, he has had a significant impact on comparative research and academic discussions in this area. [The Australian Network for Japanese Law helps in editing and promoting the Journal, and is pleased to have Prof. Baum as a founding member of ANJeL's Advisory Board. ANJeL warmly congratulates him and the editors on this latest book, which is described further below (adapted from the Kluwer website).]