Christian von Bar was born on 5th May 1952 in Hannover, Germany. Married, three children.
University Professor at Osnabrück since 1981. Founder and Director of the Institute of Private International and Comparative Law since 1987. Founder and Director of the European Legal Studies Institute since 2003. Dean 1988/89. Presiding Examiner of the Examination Committees of the Ministry of Justice of Lower Saxony since 1988. Offered a Chair in Ordinary at the University of Munich 1987 and at Heidelberg University 1991.
Studied law at Freiburg, Kiel and Göttingen (Germany) 1970-1974. Dr. jur. 1976; Assessor 1977; Dr. jur. habil. (Privatdozent) 1979.
Bodossakis Research Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge 1981/82; Visiting Professor, Waseda-University, Tokyo 1985; Guest Professor, University of Aix-en-Provence 1986; Guest Professor, University of Kobe, 1996; Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow of Brasenose College, University of Oxford, 2000.
Holder of the Leibniz Prize 1993. Honorary Master of the Bench, Gray's Inn, London, 1993; Corresponding Fellow of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, Paris, 1996; Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, London, 2000; Corresponding Fellow of the Académie de Droit Comparé, The Hague, 2003; Member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law, 2004; Linnaeus Doctor iuris honoris causa Uppsala University, 2007; Doctor iuris honoris causa Catholic University Leuven, 2003; Doctor iuris honoris causa, University of Tartu, 2007; Doctor iuris honoris causa, University of Helsinki, 2007
Leader of an international research group on Pan-European Tort Law 1992-1999. Leader of an editing project on the History of German Private International Law 1989-2001. Leader of an international research group on Pan-European law on Unjustified Enrichments and Negotiorum Gestio since 1999. Member of the Commission on European Contract Law (Lando-Group) since 1992, member of the UNIDROIT working group on international commercial contracts since 2005.
Chairman of the Study Group on a European Civil Code since 1999-2009. One of the speakers of the `Common Principles of European Contract Law (CoPECL)´ network of excellence founded in 2005 under the European Commission’s 6 th Framework Programme on Research.
Editor and Commentator of Staudinger's Commentary on the Civil Code. Specialist Adviser of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft on Private International and Comparative Law; Presiding Adviser on Law 1996-2000. Member of the Advisory Council for the Centre for the Advanced Study of European and Comparative Law of the University of Oxford . Member of the Society of Comparative Law (Paris). Member of the International Law Association (ILA). Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of Il Foro Padano, of the European Review of Private Law, of Aansprakelijkheid en Verzekering, of the Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa, of Gemeinschaftsprivatrecht and of International Public and Private Law (Moscow).
Former Member of the European Group on Private International Law (Louvain-la-Neuve) and of the European Centre on Liability Law (Tilburg).
Member of the German Council for Private International Law; of the German Society of International Law; of the German Union of Teachers of Private Law; of the German Comparative Law Society; of the German Society for International Procedural Law.
Lectured in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Israel, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and at the Hague Academy for International Law. Member of several Working Groups on car accident law. Responsible Advisor of the Deutsche Juristentag on mass torts law reform. Member of the Council of International Advisors of the Hungarian Ministry of Justice on the reform of the Hungarian Civil Code.
Authored appr. 300 articles and books, published in Austria, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the United States.
Organised several international conferences. Involved in the Development Commission of the Faculty of Law at Greifswald University. Former President of the Law Society Osnabrück-Emsland.
Knight (Ehrenritter) of the Order of Johanniter since 1986, Rechtsritter since 2002; member of the Board of Trustees of a Johanniter Hospital 1990-1993. Vice-President of a Musical Society, Osnabrück.
Articles in Juridica International
- Die Rolle der juristischen Zeitschriftenliteratur bei der Harmonisierung des Privatrechts in Europa, Juridica International, 2010, No. 1, pp. 4-10
- The Launch of the Draft Common Frame of Reference, Juridica International, 2008, No. 1, pp. 4-9
- Working Together Toward a Common Frame of Reference, Juridica International, 2005, No. 1, pp. 17-26