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Prof. Dr. iur. Anne Peters, LL.M. (Harvard)

Managing Director

apeters-office@mpil.de

Biographical Note

 

Born in Berlin on 15 November 1964. Studied in Würzburg, Lausanne, Freiburg i.Br. (1984-1990). First and Second State Examination, Baden-Württemberg (1990 and 1993). Teaching and research assistant in public international law and European law, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg (1990-1994) and doctorate in law (1994). Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard Law School (1994-1995). Wissenschaftliche Assistentin at the Walther-Schücking-Institute for International Law (1995-2001) and Habilitation, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (2000). Professor, chair of public international law and constitutional law, University of Basel, Switzerland (2001-2013). Dean (2004-2005) and dean of research (2008-2013) of the Basel Law School. Visiting professor at Sciences Po, Paris (2009), at Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris (2014), at Peking University Law School (2014), at Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (2015) and at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2016). President of the European Society of International Law (2010-2012). Member (substitute) of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) in respect of Germany (2011-2015). Member of the Council of International Law of the German Federal Foreign Office (since 2013). Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, adjunct professor at the University of Basel (since 2013), honorary professor at the University of Heidelberg (since 2014) and FU Berlin (since 2015).

Her current research interests relate to public international law including its history, global animal law, global governance and global constitutionalism, the status of humans in international law. Among her books are: Jenseits der Menschenrechte: Die Rechtsstellung des Individuums im Völkerrecht (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2014); Transparency in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2013; editor, together with A. Bianchi); Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012; editor, together with B. Fassbender); Conflict of Interest in Global, Public and Corporate Governance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012; editor, together with L. Handschin. D. Högger, assistant editor); Europäische Menschenrechtskonvention: Mit rechtsvergleichenden Bezügen zum deutschen Grundgesetz (Munich: C.H. Beck 2nd ed. 2012; together with T. Altwicker); Völkerrecht: Allgemeiner Teil (Zurich: Schulthess 3rd enlarged ed. 2012); The Constitutionalization of International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press expanded. ed. 2011; together with J. Klabbers u. G. Ulfstein); Non-State Actors as Standard Setters (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2009; editor, together with L. Koechlin, T. Foerster, G. Fenner Zinkernagel); Elemente einer Theorie der Verfassung Europas (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 2001); Women, Quotas and Constitutions: A Comparative Study of Affirmative Action for Women in American, German, European Community and International Law (Dordrecht/London/Boston: Kluwer Law International 1999); Das Gebietsreferendum im Völkerrecht: Seine Bedeutung im Licht der Staatenpraxis nach 1989 (Baden-Baden: Nomos 1995).

 

Research areas

Research areas and theses (German only) (PDF, 50.7 KB)

 

Curriculum Vitae Français

Curriculum Vitae Synoptique (PDF, 293.2 KB)
Notice Biographique (PDF, 27.6 KB)

Publications

List of publications Anne Peters (PDF, 436.4 KB)

Presentations

List of presentations Anne Peters (PDF, 171.4 KB)

The full texts of most of Anne Peters' publications are available here:

Lectures

Lectures Anne Peters (PDF, 131.8 KB)

Representative publications

Recent publications

Press

Recent presentations

26 May 2016

Le constitutionnalisme global en des temps difficiles

Lecture within the Global Law Public Lecture Series at the Faculté de droit of Aix-Marseille University

Aix-en-Provence, France. 17.30.

Peters.Constitutionalism.Handout.Aix.2016 (190.3 KB)

11 May 2016

Freiheit und Verantwortung in der Wissenschaft

Keynote at the conference "Kultur der Verantwortung - Transparenz in der Wissenschaft" convened by VolkswagenStiftung and the ministry for science and culture of Lower Saxony

Hannover, Schloss Herrenhausen

15 Apr 2016

Can we learn from the assessments of previous generations of scholars?

Comment to Jochen von Bernstorff at the Opening Conference „How to Assess the Role of International Law in Today’s Changing Global Order?“ of the Berlin Potsdam Research Group ‚The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?’

Berlin

31 Mar 2016

Self-defense against IS – Is International Law Changing?

Presentation at the Launch of the new Centre for International Law

Institute of International Relations, Prague

Self-Defense against IS_Is International Law changing? (252.9 KB)

26 Feb 2016

Legality as a Principle of Global Constitutional Law

Presentation at the conference "European Convention on Human Rights and the Crimes of the Past"

European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg

Abstract "Legality as a Principle of Global Constitutional Law" (90.6 KB)

19 Jan 2016

Globales Tierrecht und die Internationalisierung der Rechtsordnung

Inaugural Lecture at the Department of Law at the Freie Universität Berlin

Handout "Globales Tierrecht und die Internationalisierung der Rechtsordnung" (162.7 KB)

10 Nov 2015

Globales Tierrecht: Aktuelle Kontroversen

University of Mannheim, School of Humanities. 7 pm.

Handout „Globales Tierrecht: Aktuelle Kontroversen“ (274.2 KB)

03 Nov 2015

Krieg in der Ukraine und die Krise des Völkerrechts

Juristische Studiengesellschaft Karlsruhe

Handout "Krieg in der Ukraine und die Krise des Völkerrechts" (256.4 KB)

30 Sep 2015

Sketching a human rights approach to corruption

Opening presentation at the side event during the 30th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

24 Sep 2015

A human rights-based approach to good governance in the public service

Moderation of a panel discussion during the 30th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

24 Aug 2015

Regeln und Institutionen globaler Ordnung: Deutschlands Interessen und Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten

Moderation of a workshop during the 14th ambassador's conference "Krise - Ordnung - Gestaltung"

Berlin, Federal Foreign Office

11 Jul 2015

The Decision to Use Military Force or Participate in Collective Security

Presentation at the correspondent session at Duke University - Geneva Conference "Comparative Foreign Relations Law"

University of Geneva

29 Jun 2015

La responsabilité de protéger est morte, vive la responsabilité de protéger!

Presentation at the colloquium "En l'honneur du professeur Nicholas Michel"

University of Geneva

Handout Colloque pour Nicolas Michel Genf (260.2 KB)

26 Jun 2015

Minding the gap: (How) do humans differ from other animals, and what follows for morality and law

Table Ronde at the Fellow Meeting at the Wissenschaftskolleg

Berlin

10 Jun 2015

Korruption und Menschenrechte

Inaugural Lecture at the Juristische Fakultät at Heidelberg University

Aula Alte Universität, Grabengasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg. 5:15 pm.

Corruption and Human Rights (231.7 KB)

21 May 2015

Wandel der Menschenbilder im Völkerrecht

Presentation at the lecture series "Das Völkerrecht vom 17. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart" at the University Kiel

Kiel

Handout "Wandel der Menschenbilder im Völkerrecht" University of Kiel (151.3 KB)

18 May 2015 - 20 Mai 2015

The Individual as a Focal Point of International Legal Thought

Presentation at the workshop "System and Order in the Philosophy of International Law from Machiavelli to Hegel"

Villa Vigoni, Loveno di Menaggio, Italy

20 Apr 2015

Korruption als Menschenrechtsverletzung?

Presentation at the colloquium "Current Developments in International Law"

Max Planck Institute for comparative public law and international law, Heidelberg

19 Jan 2015

Die Ukrainekrise und das Völkerrecht

Presentation at the lecture series of the president "Konfliktregionen im östlichen Europa"

Justus Liebig University, Gießen

Handout zum Vortrag (197.6 KB)
Bericht zum Vortrag Giessener Anzeiger (231.1 KB)

15 Dec 2014

Aktuelle Probleme des Gewaltverbots

Presentation at the colloquium "Current Developments in International Law", Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Heidelberg

04 Dec 2014

Grundrechtsfunktionen jenseits des Staates

Presentation about "Future Concepts of Law" - Kölner Forum zur Zukunft des Rechts (University of Köln)

Cologne

25 Nov 2014 - 26 Nov 2014

President of the panel about "Les mouvements sociaux: cadre juridique et rôle de l'internet"

at the "Kolloquium zum Arabischen Frühling" at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Heidelberg

14 Nov 2014

President of the panel about "L' acte juridique établissant la frontière"

at the conference "Droit de frontières nationales" of the Société française pour le droit international

Brussels

29 Oct 2014

Transparency in International Law

Lecture at the Institute of International Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Beijing

27 Oct 2014

Transparency in International Law

Lecture at the China University of Political Sciences and Law (CUPL)

Peking

24 Oct 2014

Proportionality as a Principle of Global Constitutional Law

Wang Tieya International Law Lecture, Peking University Law School

Peking

23 Oct 2014

International Legal Aspects of the Incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation in March 2014

Lecture at the China Youth University

Peking

02 Oct 2014 - 04 Okt 2014

Moderator of the discussion about "Dritte Gewalt im Wandel: Veränderte Anforderungen an Legitimität und Effektivität?"

at the Staatsrechtslehrertagung 2014

Düsseldorf

12 Sep 2014 - 13 Nov 2014

Keynote "Das Verhältnismäßigkeitsprinzip als globales Verfassungsprinzip"

Conference of the Arbeitskreis junger Völkerrechtswissenschaftler*innen (University of Göttingen)

Göttingen

03 Sep 2014 - 06 Sep 2014

President of the panel about " International Law and History"

at the annual conference of the ESIL (European Society of International Law)

Vienna

02 Sep 2014

President of the panel at the workshop "The Incorporation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in Light of International Law"

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Heidelberg

08 Jul 2014

The Unlawfulness of Extraterritorial Secret Surveillance under International Law

Presentation at the symposium “Privacy and Power. A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair”

Freiburg

04 Jul 2014

Global Constitutionalism

Presentation at the conference "Governance and Globalisation: International and European Answers"

Lauterpacht Center for International Law, Cambridge

28 Jun 2014

Procedure in International Bodies

Presentation at the inaugural conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) and at the panel: „Administrative Procedure: Current Evolutions“

Florence

Handout (304.5 KB)

17 Jun 2014

Die Situation auf der Krim - eine völkerrechtliche Beurteilung

Presentation at the Heidelberger Kreis

Heidelberg

22 May 2014

Brennpunkt Ukraine - wie gültig ist das Referendum?

Podium discussion at the Max Planck Forum EXTRA

Wissenschaftsforum, Berlin

15 May 2014

Laudatory Speech for the winner of the Schader Award, Professor Dr. Stephan Leibfried

Schader Foundation, Darmstadt

Laudatio (German) (92.3 KB)

22 Feb 2014

The social and solidarity elements of global constitutional law

First Workshop on Global Constitutionalism and East Asia, "How should we approach Global Constitutionalism?" (Waseda University, the Leuven Center for Global Governance Studies and the Research Section of Japanese Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Catholic University of Leuven

27 Nov 2013

Der Mensch im Mittelpunkt des Völkerrechts

Taking office as a director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Max-Planck-Haus Conference centre, Heidelberg

Presentation (in German) (209.2 KB)

21 Nov 2013

La transparence comme principe du droit international public

ESIL lectures. Colloquium "Le cosmopolitisme juridique". To view the lecutre, please click here:
Film

Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris

Handout (199.5 KB)

05 Nov 2013

Global Constitutionalism

International Law Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Handout (116.5 KB)

26 Oct 2013

Recht für eine globale Weltgesellschaft: Bedingungen und Grenzen universeller Normsetzung

Österreichischer Wissenschaftstag 2013: Wissenschaft. Antrieb oder Ergebnis globaler Dynamik?

Semmering (Austria)

Handout (162.7 KB)

23 Oct 2013

The effects of judgments: a comparison

Panel: Presentation of the report on the Implementation of International Treaties on Human Rights by the Sub-Commission on Latin America of the Venice Commission. International Conference on Electoral Law, Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación.

Mexico City

Handout (141.3 KB)
International_Conference_on_Electoral_Law_Program.pdf (149.4 KB)

26 Sep 2013

The Venice Commission as a facilitator of the implementation of international law in domestic law

Perspectives on international and domestic law, ESIL-SEDI Symposium

University of Bucharest

Handout (118.5 KB)
ESIL Symposium Bucharest Program (416.6 KB)

12 Sep 2013 - 13 Sep 2013

Human Rights and Business Actors

The Sixth Beijing Forum on Human Rights
Human Rights à la Chinoise

Beijing

Handout (82.2 KB)

29 Aug 2013

The Transparency of Global Governance and its Actors

ILA Regional Conference: Imperium Juris: Governance, Trade, Resources

Athens/Cape Sounion

Presentation (214.9 KB)

25 May 2013

The Max Planck Institute as a vanguard of a global scholarship of public international law

Presentation held at the 10th Alumni meeting of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

Presentation (in German) (289.9 KB)

Recent Teaching

Summer Semester 2016

Visiting professor in Michigan, USA

University of Michigan, 500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA, 5 - 20 March 2016

Summer Semester 2016

Kolloquium: Internationales Umwelt- und Tierrecht

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535, Heidelberg, Room 014, 31 May and 1 June 2016, 10 am - 6 pm

Kolloquiumsankündigung Internationales Umwelt- und Tierrecht (PDF, 261.8 KB)
Themenliste Internationales Umwelt- und Tierrecht (PDF, 103.2 KB)
Leseliste Kolloquium Umwelt- und Tierrecht (PDF, 113.0 KB)

Winter semester 2015/2016

Blockseminar: "Neue Technik - neue Kriege?" Aktuelle Probleme des "ius contra bellum" und des "ius in bello"

Van't-Hoff-Str. 8 14195 Berlin, 21 - 23 January 2016

Ankuendigung_WiSe_2015-2016_MPI.docx (DOCX, 49.0 KB)

Winter semester 2015/2016

Kolloquium: Ausgewählte Probleme des internationalen Menschenrechtsschutzes

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535, Heidelberg, 17 - 19 November 2015

Kolloquiumsankündigung Internationaler Menschenrechtsschutz (PDF, 194.4 KB)

Winter semester 2015/2016

Constitutional Perspectives on the Law of International Organisations, Visiting professor

École de droit de la Sorbonne - Université Paris 1, 13 - 22 October 2015

Summer 2015

Dispute Management

Basel, 21 and 22 August 2015

Summer semester 2015

Soziologie der Menschenrechte, insbes. der EMRK-Rechte

Hinterzarten (Black Forest), 27 - 30 April 2015

Organisational Seminar Information (PDF, 292.7 KB)

Winter semester 2014/2015

Interdisziplinäres Blockseminar zur Theorie der Mensch-Tierbeziehung (together with Prof. Bernd Ladwig, FU Berlin)

Berlin, 17 October 2014, 29 November 2014 and 6/7 February 2015

Organisational seminar information (PDF, 104.3 KB)

Winter semester 2014/2015

Menschenrechtsschutz und Unternehmen (Seminar with Prof. Dr. Stefan Kadelbach)

Kleinwalsertal, 25 - 29 January 2015

Organisational seminar information (PDF, 180.0 KB)

Winter semester 2014/2015

Internationaler und regionaler Menschenrechtsschutz (Lecture)

Building of the Neue Universität, lecture room 1, Heidelberg, 12 November 2014, 3 December 2014, 10 December 2014, 7 January 2015, 21 January 2015, 3.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m.

Winter semester 2014/2015

Visiting Professor in Beijing, China

21 October - 1 November 2014

Summer 2014

Dispute Management - Grundlagen der völkerrechtlichen Streitbeilegung am Beispiel der wichtigsten internationalen Gerichte und Schiedsgerichte

Basel, 29 and 30 August 2014

Summer semester 2014

1914: Die „Urkatastrophe des 20. Jahrhunderts“ als Katalysator des Völkerrechts? (Seminar together with Prof. Dr. Heike Krieger)

Berlin, 22 - 24 May 2014

Springterm 2014

Entreprises et droit de l’homme (Lecture)

Paris, 24 - 28 March 2014

Winter semester 2013/2014

Das Individuum im Völkerrecht (Seminar together with Prof. Dr. Heike Krieger)

Berlin, 23 and 24 January 2014

Winter semester 2013/2014

Global Animal Law: Cases and Controversies

Barcelona, 9 and 10 January 2014

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

Staatsrechtslehrertagung, Speyer, 06.10.2015 - 09.10.2015

Menschenrechte: Genese - Theorie - Praxis, Colloquium Rauricum Decimum Quintum, Castelen, Augst, Switzerland, 29.08.2015 - 29.08.2015

System and Order in the Philosophy of International Law from Machiavelli to Hegel, Villa Vigoni, Loveno di Menaggio, Italy, 18.05.2015 - 20.05.2015

Peace and Justice, Richard C. Holbrooke Forum, The American Academy in Berlin, 18.12.2014 - 21.12.2014

Staatsrechtslehrertagung, Düsseldorf, 01.10.2014 - 03.10.2014

ASIL 108th Annual Meeting and ILA 76th Biennial Conference, Washington, DC, 07.04.2014 - 12.04.2014

The Animal Turn and the Law. Interdisciplinary Perspectives and New Directions in Animal Law. http://animalturn.wordpress.com/, Basel, 04.04.2014 - 05.04.2014

Das Tier in der Rechtsgeschichte, Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Heidelberg, 02.04.2014 - 04.04.2014

The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age. Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights on behalf of the Permanent Missions of Austria, Brazil, Germany, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, Geneva, 23.02.2014 - 25.02.2014

Human Universal. Legal Imagination and the International World 1300-1870. Author Colloquium with Martti Koskenniemi, European University Institute, Florence, 21.01.2014 - 22.01.2014

Staatsrechtslehrertagung, Greifswald, 02.10.2013 - 04.10.2013

Honours

Selection:

Book award 2014 of the American Society of International Law (“certificate of merit in a specialized area of international law”) for the Handbook of the History of International Law (Oxford University Press 2012).

Memberships

Selection:

2014-2015: Member of the Board: Vereinigung der Deutschen Staatsrechtslehrer.

Since 2013: Member of the Council of International Law of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Since 2013: Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Science.

Since 2012: Council of the German Society of International Law.

2011-2015: Member (substitute) of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission).

2010-2012: President of the European Society of International Law.