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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

Ragone, Sabrina: Die Neuordnung der kommunalen Landkarte in Zeiten der Wirtschaftskrise: Der Fall Italiens in Europäisch-vergleichender Perspektive. In: Revista General de Derecho Público Comparado 22, 1-35 (2017) (with Giovanni Boggero).

Ziebritzki, Catharina: Working Paper: ‘Hotspots‘ an der EU-Außengrenze. Eine rechtliche Bestandsaufnahme In: MPIL Research Paper Series No. 2017-17, 2017 (with Robert Nestler).

Ebert, Franz Christian: Dispute Settlement for Labour Provisions in EU Free Trade Agreements: Rethinking Current Approaches. In: Politics and Governance 5/4, 49-59 (2017) (with Axel Marx, Nicolas Hachez).

Peters, Anne: The Case for Global Legal Animal Studies: Introduction to Symposium on Global Animal Law In: AJIL Unbound, 2017.

Frowein, Jochen Abr.: Jochen Abr. Frowein, Direktor von 1981 bis 2002. In: Das Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht. Springer, Heidelberg 2017, 161-164.

Paris, Davide: Diritto dell'Unione europea e giudizio in via principale. Giappichelli, Torino, 2017, VIII, 1-153 p..

von Bogdandy, Armin: The Lisbon Treaty as a Response to Transformation's Democratic Skepticism. In: The Transformation of Europe, Twenty-Five Years On. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2017, 206-218.

Somos, Mark: George Ticknor’s "Progress of Politicks" (1816): An American Reception of German Comparative Constitutional Thought In: MPIL Working Papers, 2017.

Publications 2016 / 2017


From 1 January 2018 all contributions to the Heidelberg Journal of International Law/Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht will be processed through the Online Submission System of the Journal. Manuscripts can be accepted for evaluation only when submitted using our Online Submission system

The MPIL invites the submission of proposals for a panel entitled “The Authoritarian Pushback and the Resilience of International Institutions” at the upcoming ICON Society annual conference in Hong Kong. Please send abstracts of up to 500 words until 20 January to .

The young scholars’ conference “Historical Capitalism and International Law”, organised in cooperation with HeiParisMax, will take place on 18-19 January 2018 at Sciences Po Law School, Paris.

Saskia Stucki received an Advanced Postdoc.Mobility grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for the project Trilogy on a Legal Theory of Animal Rights. She will be a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and the MPIL from 2018-2020.

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Sabrina Ragone has been appointed associate professor of Comparative Public Law at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna.

Pedro Villarreal received the 2017 "Marcos Kaplan" Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in Law and Social Sciences from the Institute of Legal Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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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.