Markus Rehberg What Is the Basic Principle for the Understanding of Contracts?

Markus Rehberg is Professor of Law at the University of Rostock. His research and teaching focuses on contract theory, international economic law, and legal theory. In 1995, he received his Masters degree from Cambridge University. Between 2000 and 2001, Rehberg was an advisor to the Slovak government, acting as an Expatriate Short Term Expert. In his most current research, Rehberg reviews the basic principles and theories of contracts, and seeks to find a mode of comprehending contracts in their entirety.

Area of Research

Contract Theory, International Commercial Law, Legal Theory

Markus Rehberg. "Der staatliche Umgang mit Information – Das europäische Informationsmodell im Lichte von Behavioral Economics." In Ökonomische Analyse der europäischen Zivilrechtsentwicklung, edited by Thomas Eger and Hans-Bernd Schäfer. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007: 284-354.  
Markus Rehberg. "Die missbräuchliche Verkürzung der unternehmerischen Mitbestimmung durch die Societas Europaea – Zur Bedeutung, Reichweite und nationalen Umsetzung von Art. 11 sowie Erwägungsgrund 18 der SE-Richtlinie." Zeitschrift für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht (2005): 859-893.  
Markus Rehberg. "Transparenz beim Vertrieb von Finanzprodukten – Das Konzept der Kompensation mangelnder Produkt- durch Statustransparenz vor dem Hintergrund der aktuellen europäischen Rechtsentwicklung." Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Bankrecht (2005): 1011-1019.  
Markus Rehberg. Der Versicherungsabschluss als Informationsproblem – Die Gewährleistung freier Produktwahl in der Privatversicherung. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2003.  

since 2013

Professor for Civil Law, German and International Commercial Law, Legal Theory and Economic Analysis of Law

University of Rostock (Universität Rostock) (more details)


Substituting Professor for Civil Law and Labor Law

University of Regensburg (Universität Regensburg)


Junior Professor

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)


EU-Expatriate Short Term Expert

Advising the Slovakian Government at the Field of State Aids as Part of the Phare-Program of the European Commission



Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Civil Law, Commercial Law, Comparative Law and International Private Law


Diploma in Economics

Humboldt University of Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

And University of Hagen


Doctor of Laws

Humboldt University of Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


Second State Exam in Law




University of Cambridge


First State Exam in Law

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

And Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

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University of Rostock (Universität Rostock)

Founded in 1419, University of Rostock displays a long history of research and education in its nine faculties. Tradition and innovation are the trademarks of our almost 600-year history. Hence, it was not only one of the oldest German universities, but at the same time the oldest in the entire Baltic Sea region and – except for the British Isles – in all of northern Europe. Today the University of Rostock offers fascinating perspectives into nearly all scientific fields. About 14.000 students have enrolled at our university. The university offers 130 study courses in seven fields of study. Some years ago, this university started a unique kind of institution, the 'Interdisciplinary Faculty'. This faculty is based on four profile lines „Life, Light and Matter“, „Maritime Systems“, „Aging of Individuals and Society“, and „Knowledge – Culture – Transformation. With these research fields in the areas of natural and technological sciences, medicine, life sciences, humanities and cultural studies we decided to further sharpen the university’s profile. (Source: University of Rostock)


The research presented in this video deals with the understanding of contracts and contract law. As MARKUS REHBERG explains, the main focus of contract law so far has been the moment of conclusion between the contracting parties, but a basic principle to fully comprehend the nature of contracts is still missing. He suggests to use the “justification principle”, outlined in the video, to solve this problem and explains how this new concept sheds light on the design of contracts.

LT Video Publication DOI:

Das Rechfertigungsprinzip – Eine Vertragstheorie

  • Markus Rehberg
  • Published in 2014
Markus Rehberg. Das Rechfertigungsprinzip – Eine Vertragstheorie. Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen, 2014.