The Inaugural Conference of Max Planck Law (photo: D. Ausserhofer)

Max Planck Law is a net­work of 11 Max Planck In­sti­tu­tes that en­ga­ge in ad­van­ced le­gal re­se­arch. The In­au­gu­ral Con­fe­rence of Max Planck Law took place 21–23 Oc­to­ber 2019 in Ber­lin.


Max Planck Law is a net­work of ele­ven Max Planck In­sti­tu­tes that en­ga­ge in ad­van­ced le­gal re­se­arch. As a net­work, we fa­ci­li­ta­te co­ope­ra­ti­on across the par­ti­ci­pa­ting In­sti­tu­tes, in­clu­ding joint re­se­arch pro­jects and trai­ning in­itia­ti­ves.

The In­au­gu­ral Con­fe­rence of Max Planck Law took place 21–23 Oc­to­ber 2019 in Ber­lin. The con­fe­rence pro­gram in­clu­ded a wel­co­me ad­dress by the pre­si­dent of the Max Planck So­cie­ty, Prof. Mar­tin Strat­mann, an in­tro­duc­ti­on by Prof. Ste­fan Vo­ge­nau­er (chair) in which he pre­sen­ted a brief his­to­ry of le­gal stu­dies in the Max Planck So­cie­ty, an alum­nus lec­ture by Prof. Rü­di­ger Wolfrum (Max Planck In­sti­tu­te for Com­pa­ra­ti­ve Pu­blic Law and In­ter­na­tio­nal Law), in­tro­duc­to­ry over­views of the mem­ber In­sti­tu­tes by the Di­rec­tors of each In­sti­tu­te, and mas­ter­clas­ses in which the Di­rec­tors col­la­bo­ra­ted to pre­sent to­pics from an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­na­ry per­spec­ti­ve.

Max Planck Law is com­mit­ted to the pro­mo­ti­on of ex­cel­lence in le­gal re­se­arch. All par­ti­ci­pa­ting In­sti­tu­tes en­ga­ge in fun­da­men­tal re­se­arch at the hig­hest le­vel. Their re­se­arch pro­jects tend to be high­ly in­no­va­ti­ve and both in­tra- and in­ter­dis­ci­pli­na­ry in na­ture. We co­ope­ra­te with top law schools and re­se­arch in­sti­tu­tes around the world.

Re­se­arch is con­duc­ted across the en­ti­re ran­ge of le­gal dis­ci­pli­nes. The co­re dis­ci­pli­nes of pri­va­te, pu­blic and cri­mi­nal law are most­ly ana­ly­zed from a com­pa­ra­ti­ve and trans­na­tio­nal per­spec­ti­ve. The sa­me is true for mo­re dis­crete and spe­cia­li­zed fields, such as the law of pro­ce­du­re, hu­man rights law, the law of ci­ti­zen­ship, com­pa­ny law and tax law. We are in­te­res­ted in law in its cul­tu­ral, eco­no­mic, his­to­ri­cal, so­ci­al, eco­no­mic and phi­lo­so­phi­cal con­text, so we ha­ve a strong fo­cus on both theo­re­ti­cal and em­pi­ri­cal le­gal stu­dies.

We ma­ke our re­se­arch availa­ble through a wi­de va­rie­ty of pu­bli­ca­ti­ons, in­clu­ding the pres­ti­gious jour­nals and book se­ries pu­blis­hed by our In­sti­tu­tes.

Our In­sti­tu­tes pro­vi­de the per­fect in­fra­struc­ture to pur­sue re­se­arch, in­clu­ding ac­cess to ra­re spe­cia­list li­bra­ri­es and the re­le­vant da­ta­ba­ses. They of­fer a sti­mu­la­ting en­vi­ron­ment for the ex­change of ideas, not least through nu­me­rous events that bring our mem­bers to­gether with lea­ding in­ter­na­tio­nal schol­ars, po­li­cy ma­kers and prac­ti­tio­ners.

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