Dr. Baum graduated from Freiburg University in 1977 and received his doctorate (Dr. iur./PhD) and Habilitation at the University of Hamburg in 1984 and 2004 respectively. He joined the Institute in 1985. He was a guest researcher at the Kyoto University with a postdoctoral fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation from 1990-91. In 2005 he served as Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo.
One of his recent publications is “The Derivative Action in Asia – A Comparative and Functional Approach” co-edited with Dan W. Puchniak and Michael Ewing-Chow (Cambridge University Press 2012). He is the founding editor of the Journal of Japanese Law (since 1996) and a contributor to a leading German commentary on securities regulation, and has acted as advisor to the German Government, on matters such as reform of stock exchange regulation.