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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

Oellers-Frahm, Karin: Zwei weitere völkerrechts"unfreundliche" Entscheidungen des italienischen Verfassungsgerichtshofs aus dem Jahr 2015. In: EuGRZ 43, Heft 10-12, 245-252 (2016).

Ragone, Sabrina: National Governments and Coordination of European Policies in Times of Austerity: A Comparative Overview. In: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper 17, 1-20 (2016).

Peters, Anne: Measuring Violations of Human Rights – An Empirical Analysis of Awards in Respect of Non-Pecuniary Damage under the European Convention on Human Rights. In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht / Heidelberg Journal of International Law 76, 1-51 (2016) (with Szilvia Altwicker-Hámori, Tilmann Altwicker).

Starski, Paulina: Grenzen der Karlsruher Oppositionsfreundlichkeit – Gebot effektiver Opposition vs. Gleichheit der Abgeordneten – Teil II. In: JuWiss Blog 38, (2016).

von Bogdandy, Armin: Zur sozialwissenschaftlichen Runderneuerung der Verfassungsvergleichung. In: Der Staat 55/1, 103-115 (2016).

Villarreal, Pedro: The WHO’s Institutional and Legal Role in Communicable Disease Epidemics: From Pandemic Influenza to Zika In: Völkerrechstblog, 2016.

Goldmann, Matthias: A matter of perspective: Global governance and the distinction between public and private authority (and not law). In: Global Constitutionalism 5, 48-84 (2016).

Ley, Isabelle: Freedom of Assembly: The Politics of Presence, gemeinsam mit Anne Peters. In: Anne Peters / Isabelle Ley (Hrsg.), The Freedom of Peaceful Assembly in Europe. Nomos / Hart Publishing, Baden-Baden 2016, 9-20.

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.


On 7th and 8th July 2016, Judge Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque (Portugal) from the European Court of Human Rights will be visiting the Institute. On Friday, 8th July, he will give a lunch talk in the Human Rights Discussion Group.

Conference announcement: Between Aspirations and Realities: Strengthening the Legal Framework of the OSCE

The MPIL convenes on 13 July 2016 in Berlin an international conference, which will address the controversial legal status and institutional framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Further information is available here.

Registration is now open.

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).

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.