In­ter­na­tio­nal Max Planck Re­se­arch School on Re­ta­lia­ti­on, Me­dia­ti­on and Pu­nis­h­ment

The In­ter­na­tion­al Max Planck Re­search School on Re­tali­ation, Me­di­ation and Pun­ish­ment (IM­PRS RE­MEP) is one of three Re­search Schools loc­ated at the Max Planck In­sti­tu­te for For­eign and In­ter­na­tion­al Crim­in­al Law (MPICC). It ad­dresses re­tali­ation, me­di­ation, and pun­ish­ment and their roles in es­tab­lish­ing, main­tain­ing, and form­ing so­cial or­der and (hu­man) se­cur­ity in the face of con­flicts, vari­ous forms of crime, ter­ror­ism, in­sur­gen­cies, or civil war.

The goal is of the IM­PRS RE­MEP to as­sist in the pro­vi­sion of timely and ap­pro­pri­ate an­swers con­cern­ing con­flicts of glob­al­iz­a­tion, polit­ic­al in­ter­na­tion­al­iz­a­tion, and mi­gra­tion. Over 20 highly mo­tiv­ated and tal­en­ted doc­tor­al stu­dents from Africa, the Amer­icas, Asia, and Europe ana­lyze and com­pare the use of re­tali­ation, me­di­ation, and pun­ish­ment in these con­flicts, tak­ing in­to ac­count a range of per­spect­ives, in­clud­ing the his­tory of law, in­ter­na­tion­al law, crim­in­al law, crim­in­o­logy, and an­thro­po­logy. The re­search­ers use dif­fer­ent sets of the­or­ies and meth­ods to ana­lyze con­flicts in dif­fer­ent times and ac­cord­ing to vari­ous scales.

The PhD pro­jects of RE­MEP can be col­lapsed in­to five clusters which cre­ate a dis­tinct pro­file and de­mon­strate the syn­er­get­ic po­ten­tial of the pro­gram:

  • Crim­in­al Pun­ish­ment, Re­tali­at­ory Vi­ol­en­ce, In­ter­ac­tions, and So­cial Or­der
  • Me­di­ation and Re­con­cili­ation in Com­par­at­ive Per­spect­ives
  • Vi­ol­ent Pasts, Trans­ition, and Vari­ous Roads to Justice and So­cial Or­der
  • Pun­ish­ment and In­ter­ac­tions between Con­cepts of In­ter­na­tion­al and Loc­al Or­ders
  • Pun­ish­ment, So­cial Con­trol, Reg­u­la­tion, and Gov­ernance

The Re­search School is a unique col­lab­or­a­tion between the MPICC's De­part­ment of Crim­in­o­logy, and the Max Planck In­sti­tu­te for European Leg­al His­tory (Frank­furt), the Max Planck In­sti­tu­te for So­cial An­thro­po­logy (Halle), the Uni­versity of Freiburg and the Mar­tin Luth­er Uni­versity of Halle-Wit­ten­berg.

Cur­rently, the Re­search School’s spokes­per­son is Prof. Dr. Gün­ther Schlee, Dir­ect­or at the Max Planck Isti­tu­te for So­cial An­thro­po­logy (Halle). Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Al­brecht is his deputy. Dr. des. Timm Sur­eau, Max Planck In­sti­tu­te for So­cial An­thro­po­logy, is re­spons­ible for the over­all co­or­din­a­tion; Dr. Car­olin Hil­lemanns is re­spons­ible for the part­ners in Freiburg.

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