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Prof. Dr. Bettina Rentsch, LL.M. (Michigan)

Assistant Professor for European Private Law, Conflict of Laws and Comparative Law

Professor

Address
Boltzmannstraße 3
14195 Berlin
Office
Michelle Piosik

Bettina Rentsch is a German Private Law scholar. 

She holds a First State Exam in Law from the University of Freiburg and the State of Baden-Württemberg (High Honors '13), a Doctoral Degree in Law from the University of Heidelberg (s.c.l., '16), a Master of Laws from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (LL.M., '16) and Bar Exam equivalent from the Higher Regional Court of Berlin ('19).

Bettina's doctoral thesis (Der gewöhnliche Aufenthalt im System des Europäischen Kollisionsrechts, published at Mohr Siebeck in 2017) has received the Rolf and Lucia Serick award '16, acknowledging the best doctoral thesis in Private International Law, and the Ruprecht Karls award '18 for the best doctoral thesis accomplished at the University of Heidelberg in that academic year.

After passing the Bar, Bettina practiced in the German lawfirm Hengeler Mueller's Berlin office with a focus on Dispute Resolution and Corporate Law. In 2020, she returned to the University of Heidelberg for a Postdoctoral Degree (Habilitation), before being appointed to a tenure track assistant professorship at Freie Universität Berlin in early 2022.

Bettina's research focuses on the interaction of Private Law and society as mirrored by contemporary phenomena. Her core question is how Private Legal Scholarship can integrate concepts from neighboring disciplines, such as the Humanities and Sociology, into its own thinking.

While Bettina remains dedicated to questions of Private International Law, her current projects yield in a different direction. She studies in the effects of current developments in society on Corporate Law and Governance as mirrored by the conceopt of Coroprate Citizenship and studies the relevance of recent conceptual shifts in the Humanities (Spatial Turn) for German Private Law.

Selected Publications

Books

Der gewöhnliche Aufenthalt im System des Europäischen Kollisionsrechts, Studien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht Band 382, Mohr Siebeck 2017, 465 + XXXII Seiten; Review in RabelsZ 83 (2019), 880–886 (Dietmar Baetge), IPRax 2/2018, Conflict of Laws (November 2017) (Giesela Rühl)

Selected contributions in Journals, Handbooks and Essay Collections

  • Board Diversity als Zukunftsaufgabe der Corporate Governance, ZGR 2022, 107 – 143
  • Leihmutterschaft als Schadensersatz – Babies beyond the Law, ZEuP 2021, 712 – 730, co-authored with Lisa-Sophie Wollschläger
  • Grenzüberschreitender kollektiver Rechtsschutz in der Europäischen Union – No New Deal for Consumers, RabelsZ 85 (2021), 544 – 578
  • Kollektiver Rechtsschutz unter der EU-Verbandsklagerichtlinie – forum shopping unter Brüssel Ia?, EuZW 2021, 524 – 533
  • Forum Shopping against Digital Unfairness – Upsides and Downsides of the Representative Action Directive, in Reinhard Singer u.a. (Hrsg.), Consumer Protection in a Digitalized World, 2021, 134 – 150, co-authored with Jonas Müter
  • Hans Kelsen’s Psychoanalytic Heritage – an Ehrenzweigian Reconstruction, in: Jeremy Telman (Hrsg.): Hans Kelsen in America: The Anxieties of Non-Influence, Part IV, Chapter 11, Springer 2016
  • Habitual Residence“ in a Rome 0-Regulation – A Plea for Settled Intention, in: Stefan Leible et al (Hrsg.), General Principles of European Private International Law, 2016, 171 – 188, co-authored with Marc-Philippe Weller
  • US-Verfassung und Zeitgeist - Anmerkung zum Urteil des US-Supreme Court in der Rechtssache Obergefell et al. v. Hodges, Director, Ohio, Department of Health et al. vom 26.6.2015, NZFam 2015, 995 – 998
  • Der internationale Anwendungsbereich der Geschlechterquote für Großunternehmen, ZGR 2015, 361 – 395, co-authored with Charlotte Harms, Chris Thomale, Marc-Philippe Weller
  • Die Zukunft des Europäischen Personalstatuts im gewöhnlichen Aufenthalt, ZEuP 2015, 288 – 311

Commentaries

  • Rom III-VO, Art. 17 (mit Anh.), 17a, 46e EGBGB und Art. 229 § 28 EGBGB, in: Franz-Jürgen Säcker, Roland Rixecker, Hartmut Oetker, Bettina Limpberg (Hrsg.), Münchener Kommentar zum Bürgerlichen Gesetzbuch, Band 12 und 13 (ab der 9. Auflage 2022)
  • Art. 13 EGBGB, in: Beate Gsell, Wolfgang Krüger, Stephan Lorenz, Jörg Mayer (Hrsg.), Beck'scher Online Großkommentar zum Internationalen Privatrecht, München 2015, 9. Ed. 01.07.2021

Editorials

  • #nodoption – Berlin oder Karlsruhe?, NJW aktuell, Heft 16/2021 v. 15.4.2021
  • Gesellschaftspolitik durch Gesellschaftsrecht, Forschungsmagazin der Universität Heidelberg, Ausgabe „Spalten und Verbinden“, Juli 2021, co-authored with Marc-Philippe Weller