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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

Villarreal, Pedro: Stretching Abstract Reasoning to its Limits In: Völkerrechtsblog, 2018.

Peters, Anne: Los méritos del constitucionalismo global. In: Revista Derecho del Estado 40, 3-20 (2018).

Moser, Carolyn: Curtailing (informal) power—accountability lessons from the civilian dimension of EU security and defence In: EU Law Enforcement, 2018.

Steininger, Silvia Karin: Parting Ways or Lashing Back? Withdrawal, Backlash and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In: MPIL Research Paper Series No. 2018-01, 1-30 (2018) (with Ximena Soley).

Ebert, Franz Christian: Labour Standards and the World Bank. Analysing the Potential of Safeguard Policies for Protecting Workers. In: Labour Standards in International Economic Law. Springer, Cham 2018, 273-304.

Marxsen, Christian: Strategische Fernmeldeaufklärung – Neuerungen in den Kompetenzen des Bundesnachrichtendienstes. In: Die Öffentliche Verwaltung (DÖV) 71, 218-229 (2018).

Somos, Mark: Boston in the State of Nature, 1761-1765: The Birth of an American Constitutional Trope. In: Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History 3:1, 63-113 (2018).

Wolfrum, Rüdiger: Schutz und Management von Grundwasser aus der Sicht des Völkerrechts. In: Zeitschrift für Europäisches Umwelt- und Planungsrecht 1, 109-114 (2018).

Publications 2017 / 2018


Davide Paris has obtained the Habilitation as Associate Professor of Constitutional Law (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research).

The Fourth Max Planck Young Legal Scholars‘ Forum will take place at the MPIL on the 28 - 29 June 2018. Registration Deadline 27 April 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 and invites contributions. (Deadline 1 June 2018)

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.