German Hub

The German Hub, chaired by Thomas Pfeiffer, Martin Schmidt-Kessel and Friedrich Graf von Westphalen, was launched in September 2013 at the University of Marburg on the occasion of the Tagung für Rechtsvergleichung, a conference on comparative law organised by the German National Committee of Comparative Law (Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung).

Then President of ELI, Diana Wallis, sent a short note to Marburg with her best wishes for the Hub. The event was attended by experts in comparative, international and European law from a variety of disciplines. The meeting was called by Professor Uwe Blaurock (a Fellow of ELI) who presented the Institute on behalf of the organising committee. He was proud to announce that the Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung will join ELI as an Institutional Member. Senate member, Reinhard Zimmermann, and then recently elected Vice-President, Christiane Wendehorst, were also in attendance to answer questions from participants, many of whom decided to apply for membership.

Upon joining ELI, one becomes a member of the Hub in their country of residence or seat, provided no objections are raised. You can find the list of Individual Members by country of residence here.


  • The papers from the German Hub’s 2017 Conference on 'Platforms: Business Models and Contracts' were published in 2018 by Nomos under the title ‘Plattformen – Geschäftsmodell und Verträge’ (ends Uwe Blaurock, Martin Schmidt-Kessel and und Katharina Erler, 262 pages).



ELI German Hub Supported a Conference on Corporate Responsibility in Supply Chains

On 6 May 2022, the Ernst von Caemmerer-Stiftung, in cooperation with the ELI German Hub, organised a conference on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in...


On 8 October 2021, the ELI German Hub, supported by the ‘Section on International Commercial Law’ of the German Bar Association (DAV), held a webinar...


The Protection of Legitimate Expectations in the Digital Age

The ELI German Hub Colloquium was organised in cooperation with the Ernst von Caemmerer Foundation and Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. It took...


Meeting at the 2019 ELI Annual Conference in Vienna

The German Hub organised a meeting on 6 September 2019, during the 2019 ELI Annual Conference in Vienna.


On 19–20 October 2017, the III Jornadas hispano-alemanas (III Spanish and German Conference), organised by the University Carlos III in collaboration...


On 6–7 July 2017, a Conference on 'Platforms: Business Models and Contracts' took place in Bayreuth. This Conference was co-organised by the ELI...