Prof. Dr. Mareike Schmidt, LL.M. (Tsing-Hua, China)

University of Hamburg


Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Recht als Kultur“
Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung
Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”
Konrad-Zuse-Platz 1-3
53227 Bonn

Phone: (+49) 228 / 73 540 26
Telefax: (+49) 228 / 73 540 54


Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Mareike Schmidt studied Law in Würzburg, Berlin (Humboldt), and Peking from 2001 to 2007. She was subsequently a research associate for Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Schwenzer at the University of Basel, where she received her doctorate with a thesis on “Product Recalls and Recourse”. Her dissertation was awarded the Professor Walther Hug Prize. She later worked as a researcher at the Center for Legal Teaching Methodology at the University of Hamburg. After legal clerkships in Pretoria and Tiflis, she completed her second state examination in early 2016 in Hamburg. Since 2016 she has been Junior Professor of Civil Law and Legal Teaching Methodology at the University of Hamburg’s Department of Law.

Her research interests include civil law, consumer law, international trade and arbitration, comparative law, and legal teaching methodology. For her habilitation, Mareike Schmidt is examining how cultural diversity is handled in private law.

From October 2021 to March 2022, Prof. Dr. Mareike Schmidt was a Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”.

Research project

“Cultural Diversity in Private Law”

The role of culture in the discussion about private law is nowadays mostly restricted to the areas of family law and conflict of laws. In my research project, I propose to broaden the scope of this discussion by exploring how other areas of private law (primarily contract law and tort law) engage with cultural diversity. In order to do so, I understand culture as a complex of meanings and symbols which enable individuals to construct their world and interact with it. Within this understanding, I focus on conceptions of normality which are constantly created, reproduced and altered within communities of meaning. Various – if not all – private law concepts presuppose such culturally constructed conceptions of normality, for instance when referring to reasonable behavior or understanding, or to essential or usual characteristics, but also by way of more subtle references. My research aims to show which role conceptions of normality play in the application of private law, to classify the mechanisms by which such conceptions are taken into consideration and to determine if – and if so, how – cultural diversity, understood as diverse conceptions of normality, is reflected in or at least recognized by contract and tort law rules and their application.

Publications (selected)

  • Integratives bürgerliches Recht? Zum Umgang mit kultureller Diversität im Vermögensrecht, in: Buchholtz, Gabriele / Croon-Gestefeld, Johanna / Kerkemeyer, Andreas (Hrsg.), Integratives Recht, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2021, S. 153-190
  • Didaktik der Studieneingangsphase, in: Krüper, Julian (Hrsg.), Recht lehren – Handbuch für juristische Fachdidaktik, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen – i.E.
  • Durchsetzung menschenrechtlicher Verantwortung von Unternehmen im smart mix – Strafe ohne Souverän?, in: Schmidt-Kessel, Martin (Hrsg.), Rechtsdurchsetzung ohne Staat: Vorträge der Plenarsitzung und Eröffnungssitzung der 36. Tagung für Rechtsvergleichung am 14. September 2017 in Basel, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2019, S. 1 – 44 (gemeinsam mit Sabine Gless)
  • Non-Contractual Liabilities of Producers of Insecure Software: Problems Concerning German and European Software Liabilities, 63 National Chung Cheng University Law Journal (Taiwan) 2019, S. 1 – 28 (in chinesischer Sprache)
  • Ambiguous Expectations in Intercultural Commerce: Seven Propositions for Dealing with the Challenges of Intercultural Communication in the Realm of the CISG, 22 Vindobona Journal 2018, S. 67 – 79
  • Die Kompetenz, ein rechtswissenschaftliches Gutachten zu verfassen: Herausforderung und Potential für die Lehre, ZDRW 2015, S. 183 – 204 (gemeinsam mit Lukas Musumeci)
  • Produktrückruf und Regress, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2013, 282 S.


  • Vielfalt im Recht, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin (gemeinsam mit Milan Kuhli) – i.E.
  • Rechtsvergleichung als didaktische Herausforderung, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2020, 166 S. (gemeinsam mit Judith Brockmann und Arne Pilniok)