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Theory Talks

Contact: Silvia Steininger, Tom Sparks


Theory Talks provides a forum for research fellows and visiting scholars of the Max Planck Institute to discuss questions relating to legal, political and moral theory.  The seminars normally take place once a month, and will include a short introductory talk (15-30 minutes) followed by a general discussion.  Each seminar will focus on a new publication, a classic text, a current development, or a work in progress by a fellow or visitor.  All are welcome to participate in the discussions.


Fellows or visitors wishing to present a piece of work or to suggest a theme for a future edition of Theory Talks are warmly invited to contact .


22 March 2018 - 15.30-17.00

Professor B.S. Chimni

Room 014

19 April 2018 - 15.30-17.00

Dr Dana Schmalz

Room 014

17 May 2018 - 15.30-17.00

Dr Mark Somos

Room 014

21 June 2018 - 15.30-17.00

Dr Marius Hildebrand

Room TBC


15 February 2018

Why Study Theory?

Silvia Steininger and Tom Sparks

Room 214


  • Lon Fuller, 'The Case of the Speluncean Explorers' (1949) 62(4) Harvard Law Review 616;
  • Anne Peters, 'There is Nothing more Practical than a Good Theory:  An Overview of Contemporary Approaches to International Law' (2001) 44 German Yearbook of International Law 25;
  • Roberto Mangaberia Unger, Interview with Social Science Bites, 2014 via: