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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

COVID-19 pandemic

Pobjie, Erin: COVID-19 and the Scope of the UN Security Council’s Mandate to Address Non-Traditional Threats to International Peace and Security. Heidelberg Journal of International Law / Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht 1, 117-146 (2021).

Villarreal, Pedro A. (ed., zusammen mit Jeff King, Octavio Ferraz et al): The Oxford Compendium of Legal Responses to COVID-19, Oxford University Press, 2021.

Skordas, Achilles: Authoritarian Global Governance? The Russian-Chinese Joint Statementof March 2021. In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht 81, 293-302 (2021).

Peters, Anne: Politics and the Histories of International Law: An Introduction. In: Politics and the Histories of International Law - The Quest for Knowledge and Justice. Brill Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston 2021, 1-9 (with Raphael Schäfer, Randall Lesaffer).

Pobjie, Erin: Beyond Humanitarian Intervention – Human Rights and Jus Ad Bellum. Opinio Juris, 14 July 2021.

von Bogdandy, Armin: Ius Constitutionale Commune en América Latina. In: Diccionario de Derecho Procesal Constitucional y Convencional. In Memoriam Dr. Héctor Fix-Zamudio. Departamento de Publicaciones UNAM, México 2021, 1289-1292.

Golia, Angelo Jr: El constitucionalismo social: una década de fragmentos constitucionales. In: Revista de derecho constitucional europeo 35, (2021) (with Gunther Teubner).

Schmalz, Dana: Rights that are not Illusory. The ECtHR Rules on Pushbacks from Hungary. Verfassungsblog, 09 July 2021.

Kriener, Florian: La Contrareforma Elecotral en Nicaragua. Agenda Pública, 2021 (with Gabriel Álvarez Argüello, Alina Ripplinger).

Moser, Carolyn: Loin de l’Union, loin des juges? – Sur les voies de recours juridictionnelles dans le cadre des activités de sécurité et de défense extraterritoriales de l’Union européenne. In: Rechtsweggarantie im vergleichenden Verwaltungsrecht. Springer, Heidelberg 2021, 215-240.



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Sundhya Pahuja was awarded the 2021 Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law.


MPIL Journalist in Residence Fellowship 2022 (Deadline: 1 August 2021). The MPIL invites applications, offering the opportunity to spend six weeks to six months in an international academic community, to gain insights into fundamental questions and current problems of International Law, European Union Law and Public Law and to work on a freely chosen project.


Applications for a Max Planck Scholarship in 2022 in the research area of Professor Anne Peters may be submitted from 1st June until 31st July 2021.