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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

Marxsen, Christian: International Law in Crisis - Russia's Struggle for Recognition In: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2016-05, 2016.

Less, Steven: MPIL Research Paper SeriesSSRN, xxx, 2016 (with Armin von Bogdandy, Anne Peters (editorial directors), Steven Less (editor-in-chief), Hrsg.).

Peters, Anne: Tiere im Recht. In: Emma Nr. 4 (327), 86-89 (2016).

Kemmerer, Alexandra: Warum die Welt nach Karlsruhe blickt. Globalisierung des Rechts: Die Rechtswissenschaft kommt nicht mehr ohne den vergleichenden Blick aus. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Nr. 155, N4 p., 06.07.2016.

Burchardt, Dana: Die Ausübung der Identitätskontrolle durch das Bundesverfassungsgericht - Zugleich Besprechung des Beschlusses 2 BvR 2735/14 des BVerfG vom 15.12.2015 (“Solange III”/“Europäischer Haftbefehl II”). In: ZaöRV 2, 527-551 (2016).

Goldmann, Matthias: Soft Authority Against Hard Cases of Racially Discriminating Speech: Why the CERD Committee Needs a Margin of Appreciation Doctrine. In: Göttingen Journal of International Law 7/1, 131-155 (2016) (with Mona Sonnen).

Villarreal, Pedro: Pandemic Declarations of the World Health Organization as an exercise of International Public Authority: The possible legal answers to frictions between legitimacies. In: Göttingen Journal of International Law 7, 95-129 (2016).

von Bogdandy, Armin: Alla ricerca di basi comuni della cultura giuspubblicistica europea: Un esercizio per funamboli provetti. In: Attraversare i confini del diritto - Giornata di studio dedicata a Sabino Cassese. Società editrice il Mulino, Bologna 2016, 9-29.

Publications 2015 / 2016


In June 2016 Anuscheh Farahat has been elected as a member of the Young Academy of Science (Junge Akademie), for a period of five years.

Workshop announcement: Self-defence against Non-state Actors

On 4-5 November 2016 the MPIL will host the first authors' workshop of the Max Planck Trialogues. The workshop will address the timely topic of self-defence against non-state actors. Interested participants are cordinally invited to reply to our call for engaged listeners in order to participate in the debate (deadline: 3 October 2016).


Rudolf Bernhardt Lecture: Orsolya Salát (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

09/16/2016 | Prinz Carl Palais, Kornmarkt 1, Heidelberg

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11. Treffen der Alumni des Max-Planck-Instituts für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht

09/16/2016—09/17/2016 | Palais Prinz Carl, Kornmarkt 1, 69117 Heidelberg und Konferenzzentrum Max-Planck-Haus, Gerhart-Hauptmann-Straße 36, 69120 Heidelberg

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Karl Doehring Lecture: Thomas Buergenthal (George Washington University Law School)

11/03/2016 | Prinz Carl Palais, Kornmarkt 1, Heidelberg

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Workshop Max Planck Trialogues

11/04/2016—11/05/2016 | Raum 014

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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 end of the year. We kindly request your understanding and patience regarding the temporary inconvenience.