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The Anneliese Maier Research Award, worth EUR250,000 over five years, was awarded to Professor Jean du Plessis of the Deakin Law School. The award is made to scholars from anywhere in the world involved in the humanitarian and social sciences.
The aim of the award is the internationalisation of humanitarian and social disciplines. Although the award was made by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation it is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
In 2013 only seven other scholars received the award from 54 nominations. Jean was nominated for the award by Professor Ingo Saenger, Director of the Institute of International Business Law, University of Muenster, Germany.
Over the next five years Jean will conduct collaborative research in six particular areas of corporate law and corporate governance to explore possibilities of the further internationalisation of the German law.
The six areas are:
Jean intends to work closely with Australian, German and other international scholars and also intends to recruit students from Australia, Germany and other countries to participate in and contribute to the project over the next five years.