Donations to library collections

MPI Luxembourg Library Donation Policy Acceptance Criteria

The MPI Luxembourg Library welcomes and appreciates donations of library materials. Donations play an important role in building the collection. Please be advised, donated items are only added to the collection if:

  • They are not already held by the library
  • They are within the scope of the library’s collection development policy

Donations of materials already held by the library and donations outside the scope of the Library’s collection development policy may be donated to another Library, used for exchange, or discarded. 

The Library does not accept restrictions on the use or disposal of donated materials.

If you are considering offering publications etc. to the Library, please contact the Acquisitions Department (

Recent Donations:

Professor Raeschke-Kessler

The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg Library is happy to announce a donation of books from Professor Raeschke-Kessler. The donation is a welcome addition to the library collection and features historical editions of BGB Staudinger and Planck Commentaries among its many important legal works.

Professor Raeschke-Kessler is member of the bar of the German Federal Court, honorary professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cologne, an eminent arbitrator both nationally and internationally who advises the German Federal Ministry of Justice on matters of German arbitration law.

Previous Donations:

Judge Roger Errera © Mariana Cook 2011
Judge Roger Errera © Mariana Cook 2011

Madame Errera-Hoechstetter generously donated 700 books and periodicals from the personal collection of her husband - the late Judge Roger Errera - to the Max Planck Institute Library.

The donation reflects the scope of Judge Errera’s main fields of activity on national and international levels and includes such topics as comparative law (especially British public law), administrative law, alien and refugee law, civil liberties, history and law, secularism, freedom of speech, judicial institutions and accountability of judges. (more information...)

Prof. Adriano De Cupis

The personal library of Adriano De Cupis (1914-2005), late professor of civil law at Sapienza University, was acquired by the MPI Luxembourg in September 2014, thanks to the generosity of prof. De Cupis’ daughters with the support of prof. Avv. Bruno Sassani. The library holds more than 3500 titles, especially covering Italian and European civil law, civil procedural law and private international law, with rare and historical items. (more information…)

Prof. Erik Jayme

Prof. Erik Jayme, Director emeritus at the University of Heidelberg, has generously donated multiple collections to the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg. Prof. Jayme’s most recent donation came in 2018 and was comprised of 166 monographs. In addition, Prof. Jayme donated collections in 2013 and 2014. The 2014 donation included 52 titles of the "Studien zum vergleichenden und internationalen Recht / Comparative and International Law Studies" series, as well as 275 journal issues and 92 monographs relating to civil law, private international law, and comparative law studies.  (more information...)

Prof. Catherine Kessedjian

Prof. Catherine Kessedjian, professor at Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II and President of the International Law Association-French Branch, has donated part of her personal library to the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg. This donation holds 466 books and 25 journals (1784 issues and 89 bound volumes, including "La Gazette du Palais" since 1943 until 1999). (more information...)

Prof. Dr. Christian Kohler

Professor Dr. Christian Kohler, former General Director at the Court of Justice of the European Union and honorary professor for private international law, European civil procedural law and comparative law at the University of Saarbrucken, has donated an edition of great academic value: De Lapradelle et Niboyet, Répertoire de droit international, Paris: Sirey, 1929-1934 to the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg.

Avvocato Gian Domenico Spota

Gian Domenico Spota generously donated part of his library to The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg in October 2015, enriching the Library with a wide range of books and journals. Former member of the Legal departments of the World Bank and of the European Investment Bank, Avvocato Gian Domenico Spota donated a collection, in Italian and English, composed of more than 250 books and 90 journal volumes namely first year issues of “Il Foro italiano” and “Diritto del commercio internazionale” which thoroughly integrate our  previous acquisitions (more information...)

Prof. Giuseppe Tarzia

The personal library of Giuseppe Tarzia (1930-2005), late professor of civil procedural law at the University of Milan, was acquired by The MPI Luxembourg in October 2013, donated by Prof. Tarzia’s widow, Mrs Roselisa Rampi De Marco. The collection holds around 4500 titles and particularly covers the fields of Italian and European procedural law, including first editions and copies in fine bindings. (more information…)

Prof. Jacques Van Compernolle

Jacques Van Compernolle, Professor emeritus of the Catholic University of Louvain and renowned scholar of all aspects of procedural law, has generously donated more than 400 monographs and 300 periodicals to the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg Library. These precious contributions will greatly enrich the library’s collection, particularly in the areas of European civil law and civil procedural law. (more information...)

Law Faculty of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

The Law Faculty of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid has donated 151 volumes to the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg. The donation holds 97 volumes of yearbooks (Annuaire de l'Institut de droit international; Spanish Yearbook of International Law; Actes et documents de la Conference de la Haye de Droit International Privé) and 113 issues (54 volumes) of the Journal "Revista Española de Derecho Internacional" in a range of years that goes since 1948 to 2010. (more information...)

Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) Luxembourg donated to the MPI Luxembourg Library around 300 books, including 21 rare publications, on the 6th of December 2016. This has been possible thanks to the cooperation of both Mme Louise Åkerblom for the MAEE and the Luxembourg association of librarians, archivists and documentalists (ALBAD) who facilitated the contact with the Ministry through their newsletter. Those volumes enrich our collection of documents relating to international relations, public international law, but also private law and legal history.

Bookshop Promoculture

Maggy Fantini, owner of the bookshop Promoculture, generously donated  in October 2016 254 volumes of the European Court of Human Rights. The donation consists of the ECHR “Reports of Judgments and Decisions” starting from 1962 to 2004. Promoculture exists in Luxemburg since 1972 and aimed at becoming a prominent technical and scientific bookshop combined with a publishing house. Mrs. Fantini took over the bookshop in December 2012 and committed to follow the same path and to specialize in international and Luxemburgish law books, marketing and management, IT, scientific, medical, architectural and engineering.

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