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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

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.

Peters, Anne: Global Animal Law: What it is and why we need it. In: Transnational Environmental Law 5, 9-23 (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.

Kemmerer, Alexandra: Die Stimme der Hegemonen. Im geopolitischen Wandel gerät das Völkerrecht unter Druck. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Nr. 74, N4 p., 30.03.2016.

Steinbrück Platise, Mateja: The Development of the Immunities of International Organizations in Response to Domestic Contestations. In: The Rule of Law at the National and International Levels: Contestations and Deference. Hart Publishing, Oxford 2016, 67-97.

Publications 2015 / 2016


The MPIL welcomes now applications for the next round of the Internship Programme. Deadline 1st June.

The MPIL Research Paper Series is freely accessible as of May 2016.

Papers may be downloaded from the MPIL website or directly from SSRN. If you have questions, comments or a paper you would like to submit, please contact Dr. Steven Less, Editor-in-Chief, at .

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.