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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

Askin, Elif: Konzernmacht und Verantwortung für Menschenrechte und Umwelt: Neue Wege in der Schweiz In: Verfassungsblog, 2018.

Peters, Anne: The Turkish Operation in Afrin (Syria) and the Silence of the Lambs In: EJIL Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law, 2018.

Kemmerer, Alexandra: »Recht, Kultur und Gesellschaft im Prozeß der Globalisierung« revisited. Ein Gespräch über die Internationalisierung der Rechtswissenschaft. Mit einer Einleitung von Thomas Duve. In: Rechtswissenschaft in der Berliner Republik. Suhrkamp, Berlin 2018, 726-761 (with Helge Dedek, Klaus Günther, Shalini Randeria).

Stucki, Saskia: El rol del ‘habeas corpus’ en la evolución de los derechos de los animales. In: Ámbito Jurídico 12 Februar, (2018) (with Juan C. Herrera).

Steininger, Silvia Karin: What's Human Rights Got To Do With It? An Empirical Analysis of Human Rights References in Investment Arbitration. In: Leiden Journal of International Law 31 (1), 33-58 (2018).

Marxsen, Christian: Cleavages in international law and the danger of a pull towards non-compliance In: Völkerrechtsblog, 2018.

Starski, Paulina: Der „schweigende Staat“ und die Dynamik des Gewaltverbots. In: DÖV 3, 85-96 (2018).

Rugge, Giacomo: The Italian Constitutional Court on Taricco: Unleashing the normative potential of ‘national identity’? In: QIL - Questions of International Law, 2017.

Publications 2016 / 2017


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 and invites contributions. (Deadline 1 June 2018)

Paulina Starski has become a “Fast Track Fellow”  ("Excellence and Leadership Skills for Outstanding Women in Science") of the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung with her research project on the “The Unwilling or Unable State as a Challenge to International Law”.


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


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.