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The second volume of Ernst Rabel's comparative treatise on the conflict of laws was originally published in 1947. This new edition completes the plan to revise the first two volumes, as arranged with the approval of the author before his death on September 7, 1955. Pursuant to this plan, the present edition has been made possible through the continued support of the work by the University of Michigan Law School and the generous cooperation of the Max Planck-Institut für aüslindisches und internationales Privatrecht in Hamburg, in making available the competent services of a member of the staff of the Institut, Dr. Ulrich Drobnig, who utilized the special facilities at the Legal Research Building in Ann Arbor from July, 1955, to June, 1956. In accordance with the advice of the author, whom Dr. Drobnig fortunately was able to consult before undertaking the revision of the two volumes, the collection and inclusion of new material in the author's text has been strictly limited to the addition of new citations and illustrations. Consequently, alterations of the text proper, as distinguished from the footnotes, have been avoided as far as possible. The additional material covers publications up to July 1, 1956, but with the continued co-operation of the Institut after Dr. Drobnig's return to Germany, account has been taken of later developments up to January 1, 1959.

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University of Michigan Law School


Ann Arbor


Corporations, Business organizations, Legal persons, Conflicts law, Law of incorporation, Unincorporated business organizations, Contractual obligations, Maritime law, Aeronautic law, Party autonomy, Choice of laws, Lex causae


Business Organizations Law | Comparative and Foreign Law | Conflict of Laws | Torts


Published under the auspices of the University of Michigan Law School (which, however, assumes no responsibility for the views expressed) with the aid of funds derived from gifts to the University of Michigan by William W. Cook.

The Conflict of Laws: A Comparative Study, Second Edition. Volume Two. Foreign Corporations: Torts: Contracts in General