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About the Institute

The Institute for Civil Procedure and Insolvency Law was founded in 1966 by Prof. Dr. Gottfried Baumgärtel. Under the aegis of Gottfried Baumgärtel, the research focus of the Institute was primarily German and foreign civil procedural law (especially Greek and Japanese law). An extensive library on these areas of law was established henceforth. Gottfried Baumgärtel was succeeded by Prof. Dr. Hanns Prütting in 1986. During his years as Director of the Institute, Hanns Prütting devoted his scientific work to civil procedure law, the law of non-contentious proceedings and labour jurisdiction. Furthermore, Hanns Prütting's academic activities were centered around the field of insolvency law, and so an insolvency law library was established in addition to the library on civil procedure law in the years following.

Since 2016, Prof. Dr. Christoph Thole, Dipl.-Kfm. has been Director of the Institute for Civil Procedure and Insolvency Law. Christoph Thole's research focuses on insolvency and restructuring law, including its international, corporate and company law aspects, on civil procedure law in its entirety, as well as on matters of tort law, questions of liability and damage and on property law. He regularly publishes articles on these topics in national and international journals. In addition, Christoph Thole is editor of the Heidelberg Commentary on Insolvency Law, the Beck'sche Commentary on StaRUG and of a handbook on insolvency plans. Furthermore, he frequently lectures on issues related to his main research areas (in particular insolvency and restructuring law) and is known to be an expert in these fields.

The institute offers (several) lectures and seminars on insolvency-, restructuring and civil procedural law encouraging students to develop an interest early on and giving insights on highly important practical topics. An overview of all lectures offered in the current semester can be found here.