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Abbe Institute for Foundations Expand entry

Ernst Abbe, probably one of Jena's most famous personalities, created the Carl Zeiss Foundation, a unique form of social entrepreneurship that was also committed to science. The Ernst Abbe Foundation - which emerged from the Carl Zeiss Foundation in Jena - is also committed to this tradition. It promotes scientific research more than almost any other foundation in Thuringia and always strives to achieve a fine balance between scientific achievement, technical implementation and socio-political responsibility.

These guiding principles are also adopted by the Abbe Institute for Foundations at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, a department of the Ernst Abbe Foundation founded on 17 January 2005.

To this end the Institute supervises interdisciplinary projects in the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economics, and it studies and develops legal and economic aspects of the foundation's work.

Moreover, it is laying the groundwork for a centre of excellence within the field of foundations. It is primarily targeted towards foundations in the former Eastern German states, where - according to the latest figures published by the Federal Association of German Foundations - very few new foundations are established.

Managing Director of the Abbe Institute for Foundations is Prof. Dr. Christian Fischer.

Institute for Energy Industry Law - Competence Center for Technology, Economics, Law Expand entry

The Institute for Energy Industry Law Jena - Centre of Excellence for Technology, Economics, Law was founded on May 8, 2007 and is an independent, non-profit scientific institution dedicated to the research and teaching of matters of energy industry law, drawing on the economic, technical and political framework conditions. As the only institute of its kind in the former Eastern German states, it combines academic expertise in law, economics, earth sciences and engineering from several universities (Friedrich Schiller University Jena de / Technical University Ilmenau).

Its aim is to develop solutions for energy industry issues on an interdisciplinary basis and possibly to contribute to the public debate.

The Institute for Energy Industry Law in Jena is rooted in a founding initiative launched by committed individuals from the worlds of business, academia and politics, which finally led to the Association for the Promotion of the Institute for Energy Industry Law Jena being founded on December 14, 2006.


Institut für Energiewirtschaftsrecht an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
- Kompetenzzentrum für Technik, Wirtschaft, Recht - e.V

Carl-Zeiß-Str. 3, 07743 Jena

Tel.: +49 (0)3641 - 942146
Fax: +49 (0)3641 - 942224


Institute for Notarial Law Expand entry

The Institute for Notarial Law at the Faculty of Law was founded on July 7, 2006 as a result of the cooperation between the University of Jena and the German Association of Notarial Law. The institute is supported by the latter, which cooperates with the Thuringian Chamber of Notaries.

The institute was established to promote research and teaching in all legal fields relevant to the notarial profession. As such, the institute organises academic conferences and promotes research projects on issues relating to notarial law. Furthermore, notaries are going to contribute to courses in order to discuss notary issues with students.

The Institute for Notarial Law is managed by Director Professor Dr. Walter Bayer.


Institut für Notarrecht an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Philipp Selentin
Carl-Zeiß-Str. 3, Zi. 3.54
07743 Jena

Tel.: +49 (0) 3641 942510
Fax: +49 (0) 3641 942512

Institute for Empirical Legal Research on German and European Corporate Law Expand entry

The Institute for Empirical Legal Research on German and European Corporate Law in Jena - the only one of its kind in Germany - was brought to life in 2005. The Institute was founded following a project supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on legal issues in the period leading up to the Institute's creation which revealed that there is a considerable need to develop empirical analyses of corporate law issues.

The Institute is managed by its Director, Professor Dr. Walter Bayer, who holds the Chair for Civil Law, Commercial and Corporate Law, Private Insurance Law and Private International Law at the University of Jena.

Contact / Managing assistant:

Institut für Rechtstatsachenforschung zum Deutschen und Europäischen Unternehmensrecht

Geschäftsführender Assistent:
Dipl.-Kfm. Thomas Hoffmann, B.A.
Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3
07743 Jena

Tel.: +49 (0) 3641 942148
Fax: +49 (0) 3641 942142

Research Center GDR Law Expand entry