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At the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, scholars pursue research relating to basic issues and current developments in the areas of public international law, European Union law, and the constitutional and administrative law of individual states, together with numerous visiting scholars from all over the world. In its fields, our library is the largest in Europe and one of the most comprehensive in the world.

Recent Publications

Goldmann, Matthias: Necesitamos cortarle la cabeza al rey: Enfoques pasados, presentes y futuros sobre el soft law internacional. In: Revista del Posgrado en Derecho de la UNAM.

Moser, Carolyn: Awakening dormant law - or the invocation of the European mutual assistance clause after the Paris attacks.

von Bogdandy, Armin: The Constitutionalization of International Law in Latin America. Ius Constitutionale Commune en América Latina: Observations on Transformative Constitutionalism. In: AJIL Unbound.

Peters, Anne: Tier-Recht im Zeitalter des Menschen. In: Das Anthropozän - Zum Stand der Dinge.

Ley, Isabelle: Opposition in International Law – Alternativity and Revisibility as Elements of a Legitimacy Concept for Public International Law. In: Leiden Journal of International Law.

Wolfrum, Rüdiger: Evolution of the Law of the Sea from an Institutional Perspective. In: German Yearbook of International Law.

Morales Antoniazzi, Mariela: La garantía jurisdiccional de los Derechos Humanos. Un estudio comparado de los sistemas regionales de tutela: europeo, interamericano y africano (with J.I. Ugartemendia, Eceizabarrena, A. Saiz Arnaiz, Hrsg.).

Jahn, Jannika: Die schwierige Aufgabe der Humanisierung des humanitären Völkerrechts: von der harmonisierenden Auslegung zur Billigung einer „nachträglichen Derogation“ am Beispiel von Hassan gg. Das Vereinigte Königreich.

Publications 2015


MPIL welcomes now applications for theInternship Programme. Deadline 1st December.

Journal of the History of International Law, Workshop on the Legacy of the Russian Revolution in International Law

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Professor Armin von Bogdandy has been awarded the Héctor Fix-Zamudio-Prize for International Legal Research 2015.

Professor Jochen Abr. Frowein has been awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class.

New Building

Our Institute is gaining additional space. In connection with expansion and renovation, major construction is currently taking place both inside and outside the building. Disruptions and restrictions on entry can be expected until the summer of 2016. We kindly request your understanding and patience regarding the temporary inconvenience.