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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

von Bogdandy, Armin: Geschichte des Verwaltungsrechtsschutzes in internationalen Organisationen. In: Handbuch der Geschichte der Verwaltungsgerichtsbarkeit in Deutschland und Europa (Bd. 2). Springer, Berlin 2019, 1919-1942 (with Simon Hentrei).

Peters, Anne: Rights to Reparation as a Consequence of Direct Rights under International Humanitarian Law. In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht / Heidelberg Journal of International Law 78, 545-549 (2018).

Villarreal, Pedro: The Renegotiated NAFTA: What Is In It For Labor Rights? In: EJIL: Talk!, 2018 (with Franz Ebert).

Dören, Richard: Zwischen Recht und Politik – Die Rechts- und Eigentumsverhältnisse an Kulturgütern der Kolonialzeit nach deutschem Zivilrecht und Völkerrecht. In: Völkerrechtsblog, 28.09.2018.

Steininger, Silvia Karin: Who Turned Multinational Corporations into Bearers of Human Rights? On the Creation of Corporate “Human” Rights in International Law. In: MPIL Research Paper Series No. 2018-25, 1-19 (2018) (with Jochen von Bernstorff).

Kunz, Raffaela: A further "constitutionalization" to the detriment of the individual? On the ECtHR’s stricter reading of the principle of subsidiarity regarding the admissibility of cases In: Völkerrechtsblog, 2018.

Marxsen, Christian: Reparation for Victims of Armed Conflict: Impulses from the Max Planck Trialogues. Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law), Vol 78/3, 2018, 519-633 p. (with Anne Peters, ed.).

Spieker, Luke Dimitrios: From Moral Values to Legal Obligations – On How to Activate the Union’s Common Values in the EU Rule of Law Crisis. In: MPIL Research Paper 24, (2018).

Publications 2018


Raphael Schäfer won the prize of the Heidelberg Jubilee-Foundation.

The Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War - Vol. IV: Intervention by Invitation, will take place on the 8th and 9th November 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.


Theory Talks with Alexandra Kemmerer

10/25/2018 | Room 014

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MPIL Momentum

11/07/2018 | Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Jägerstraße 22/23, 10117 Berlin

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Max Planck Trialogue Workshop, Vol. IV

11/08/2018—11/09/2018 | Room 014 or Max Planck House

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Book Launch Conversation:The ABC of the OPT

11/22/2018 | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Juristische Fakultät, Hörsaal 213, Unter den Linden 9, 10099 Berlin

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