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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

Peters, Anne: Corrupción y derechos humanos. In: Impacto de la corrupción en los derechos humanos. Instituto de Estudios Constitucionales, Querétaro 2018, 23-82.

Askin, Elif: Lithuania and Romania Complicit for Hosting CIA "Black Sites" In: Verfassungsblog, 2018.

Somos, Mark: The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius: A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Edition. Brill, Leiden, 2018, 518 p. (with Daniel Margocsy and Stephen Joffe).

Starski, Paulina: Accountability and Multinational Military Operations. In: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper 09, 1-27 (2018).

Kemmerer, Alexandra: Human Dignity in Context. Explorations of a Contested Concept. Nomos / Hart Publishing, Baden-Baden / Oxford, 2018, 637 p. (with Dieter Grimm, Christoph Möllers, ed.).

Beinlich, Leander: Der Amtshaftungsanspruch und Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr. Eine verfassungsrechtliche und rechtsvergleichende Betrachtung aus Anlass des Kunduz-Urteils des Bundesgerichtshofs. In: Jahrbuch des öffentlichen Rechts der Gegenwart (Neue Folge) 66, 299-336 (2018) (with Paulina Starski).

Ebert, Franz Christian: What Role Can Voluntary Sustainability Standards Play in the European Union’s GSP Scheme?. Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Löwen, 2018 (with Axel Marx u.a.).

Goldmann, Matthias: Public and Private Authority in a Global Setting: The Example of Sovereign Debt Restructuring. In: Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 25/1, 331-364 (2018).

Publications 2017 / 2018


Registration for the 2018 Masterclass in International Law is now open. Please enter your online application here.

Institute Grants

The online application portal is activated. Application deadline is July 31, 2018.

Workshop on Health and the Environment in International Law: Actors, Norms and Responsibilities, 17-18 October 2018, at the MPIL. Deadline for abstract proposals 30 June 2018.

The Journal of the History of International Law (JHIL) organises a conference on "Politics and the Histories of International Law", in Heidelberg, 15–16 February 2019. A Call for Engaged Listeners will be distributed shortly.

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 are still to be expected. We kindly request your understanding and patience regarding the temporary inconvenience.