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2015-2022 Personalia et al.


It is with shock and sadness that we learned of the sudden passing away of Karen Knop, Professor & Cecil A. Wright Chair, University of Toronto.


Dimitrios Spieker was awarded the Wilhelm Bender Prize 2022  of Goethe University, Frankfurt.

Armin von Bogdandy was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Bucharest.

The Institute mourns the death of Andreas Rudolph who passed away on 26th April 2022 after a severe illness.

The Institute mourns the death of Rudolf Bernhardt (29 April 1925 – 1 December 2021). The long-time director of the Institute passed away in his 97th year.

Anne Peters was awarded with the Cross 1st class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Order of Merit was given to her at the German Embassy in Bern on 3 June 2021.

Paulina Starski has been appointed as Professor for Public Law and Global Governance at the University of Graz.

Angelo Golia  received the Italian national “Habilitation” (first level) by the  Italian ministry of research in the sector Diritto Costituzionale - as one of the youngest candidates ever.

Carolyn Moser has won the 2020 European Court of Auditors Award for research into public sector auditing.


Paulina Starski has been elected as a member of Die Junge Akademie

Tom Sparks has been selected as a fellow at the ICJ for the term 2020/2021.

Davide Paris will hold a tenured Assistant Professorship in Constitutional Law at the Law Department of the University of Foggia, Italy, from May 2020.

Alexandra Kemmerer has been elected as a member of the Commission for Research Integrity.


Upon the recommendation of the Rector of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, the University Senate has bestowed Armin von Bogdandy the title Doctor et Professor Honoris Causa.

Mark Somos won a Heisenberg position.


Dimitrios Spieker was awarded the Common Market Law Review Prize for young academics 2019.


The inaugural Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law has been awarded 2019 to Nico Krisch.

Christoph Krenn has received a Lise Meitner grant by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) to conduct, at the University of Vienna, his research project on the Crisis of Consensus Democracy in Austria and Switzerland and its Effects on Constitutional Adjudication.

Anne Peters has been appointed as Chairwoman of the German Society of International Law.

Carolyn Moser‘s dissertation has been awarded the Otto Hahn medal. The book will be published under the title “Law and Practice of Accountability in EU Peacebuilding Missions” with Oxford University Press.

Paulina Starski is upon proposal of the President of the Max Planck Society now listed as an excellent female researcher in the interdisciplinary database AcademiaNet.

Raphael Schäfer won the prize of the Heidelberg Jubilee-Foundation for his capability of conducting significant scientific research and teaching excellency.


Tom Sparks won the the inaugural thesis prize of the Global Policy North research network of 2018.


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

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”.

Saskia Stucki received an Advanced Postdoc.Mobility grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for the project Trilogy on a Legal Theory of Animal Rights. She will be a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and the MPIL from 2018-2020.

Saskia Stucki furthermore received the Professor Walther Hug-Award 2017.

Sabrina Ragone has been appointed associate professor of Comparative Public Law at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna.

Pedro Villarreal received the 2017 "Marcos Kaplan" Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in Law and Social Sciences from the Institute of Legal Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His thesis, entitled "The Legal Mechanisms Related to the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic from a Global Governance Perspective", had received a cum laude distinction, the highest possible according to the University's parameters.

Saskia Stucki was awarded with the Felix Wankel Animal Welfare Research Junior Award 2017 of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich for her Dissertation Fundamental Rights for Animals.

Paulina Starski has been awarded the interdisciplinary postdoctoral scholarship by the Daimler and Benz Foundation as one of 12 recipients for her externally funded research project "The Unwilling or Unable State as a Challenge to International Law", which comprises her "Habilitation" for the years 2017/2018 in the amount of 40.000 Euro.

We express our sorrow at the passing of our External Academic Member Professor Tono Eitel who died on 25 June 2017.

Anne Peters delivered in March 2017 the Sir Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lecture "Privatisation Under Public International Law"


Professor Pedro Cruz Villalón former president of the Constitutional Court of Spain and Advocate General at the European Court of Justice has been awarded the Research Award of the Humboldt-Foundation and will be hosted by the MPIL.


The Max Planck Society has appointed a new External Scientific Member, Professor Evelyne Lagrange to the MPIL.


The German Research Foundation (DFG) has granted Anuscheh Farahat an Emmy-Noether-Fellowship.


The Max Planck Society appointed Professor Heike Krieger as Max Planck Fellow at the MPIL.


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.

Paulina Starski has been awarded funding by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung for her postdoctoral research project “The Unwilling or Unable State as a Challenge to International Law” as well as the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowship within the Laureate Research Program in International Law (“Civil War, Intervention, and International Law” ) at University of Melbourne Law School.

Professor Armin von Bogdandy has been awarded the Héctor Fix Zamudio Prize for International Legal Research 2015. 

Professor Jochen Abr. Frowein has been awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class. The Austrian Ambassador presented the cross, on behalf of the President of Austria, during a reception at the Austrian Embassy in Berlin on 14 September. The presentation speech was delivered by Professor Christoph Grabenwarter.

We express our sorrow at the passing of  Professor Ulrich Beyerlin who died on 28 August 2015 after a severe illness.

Anuscheh Farahat has been awarded the Hermann Mosler Prize, which is endowed with 1000 euros, by the German Society for International Law for her doctoral thesis "Progressive Inclusion".

Matthias Goldmann has been awarded a Freigeist Fellowship by VolkswagenFoundation for five years, to support work on his project Stability through Deliberation: Finance and Public Law.

Further Announcements


Internship Programme - The application deadline for the term May 2023 - October 2023 was 1st December 2022.

29th October 2022 Alumni Meeting

28th October 2022 Rudolf Bernhardt Lecture - Dr. Marie-Catherine Petersmann: "Towards More-than-Human Rights"?

27th October 2022 Academic commemoration event in honour of Professor Dr. Rudolf Bernhardt.

The application round for grants in 2023 was 1st June 2022 - 31st July 2022.

Summer School  8th-10th June 2022.

Internship Programme -The application deadline for the term November 2022 - April 2023 was 1st June 2022.


The Master Class took place from 16th to 19th May 2022 with Hélène Ruiz Fabri.

Making the Multilateral Investment Court Beneficial for Sub-Saharan Africa, Workshop 24th-25th November 2022. Call for Applications until May 2022

25th - 30th April 2022 German-Israeli Minerva School "International Human Rights Law and the Individiual".

19th March 2022 Colloquium on the occasion of Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum`s 80th birthday.


Internship Programme: Applications for the term May to October 2022 could be submitted until 1st December 2021.

Our Activity Report 2018 -2020 has been published.

23rd October 2021 Alumni Meeting.

22nd October 2021 - 2nd Karl Doehring Lecture - Prof. Dr. Frank Schorkopf: "Menschenrechte und die Mehrheit"

23rd - 24th September 2021

Workshop "Contested Norms of International Peace and Security Law".

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

Call for submissions for the digital symposium “International Pandemic Lawmaking: Conceptual and Practical Issues” hosted by Bill of Health and Verfassungsblog. The deadline for sending abstracts was 19 July 2021.

17th -18th June 2021 - Online
The Individual in International Law- International Authors' Workshop

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

Internship Programme - The application deadline for the term November 2021 - April 2022 was 1st June 2021.

HJIL Issue 1 of (2021) was available open access as of May 2021.


Internship Programme: Applications for the term May to October 2021 could be submitted until 1st December 2020.

3rd Bernhardt Lecture with Professor Başak Çali " 'To me, fair friend, you can never be old': The European Convention on Human Rights at 70", took place on 23rd October 2020.

Institute Grants - Application period was 1st June - 31st July 2020.

Call for Papers - "International Law and the Internet" - HJIL 81 (2021) 2/3: Special issue.

The Master Class with Hélène Ruiz Fabri planned from 11th to 14th May 2020 was postponed. 

MPIL Journalist in Residence Fellowship 2020

The Institute invites journalists to join our academic community and to work on a freely chosen project.

Deadline for applications was the 8th December 2019


The MPIL and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law awarded the Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law in Heidelberg on 15th November 2019.

What Legal Framework for the OSCE?

A Book Launch Conversation", Friday, 25 October 2019, 10:30 h at Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Einstein-Saal, Jägerstrasse 22/23, 10117 Berlin.

The Alumni Meeting 2019 took place Saturday 19 October.

European Researchers' Night on Friday, 27 September 2019. The MPIL opened its doors from 6 pm to 10 pm.


Institute Grants

Application period was 1st June-31st July 2019.

In the Media: Workshop „Verfassungsgerichte und politischer Wandel“ („Constitutional Courts and Political Change“), Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 10th – 11th January 2019

Andreas Voßkuhle, President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Peter Michael Huber, Justice at the Federal Constitutional Court, Christoph Grabenwarter, Vice-President of the Austrian Constitutional Court, and Armin von Bogdandy, Director at the MPIL, recently convened a confidential workshop at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin). Judges and legal scholars from Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, and Venezuela discussed current phenomena of erosion of the rule of law and the question of constitutional safeguards in the European judicial system.

Workshop „Verfassungsgerichte und politischer Wandel“, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 10.-11. Januar 2019 

Armin von Bogdandy, Tyrannei der Werte? Probleme und Wege europäischen Schutzes nationaler Rechtsstaatlichkeit (Tyranny of values? On the European defense of the Polish constitution), Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2019-04  

Katja Gelinsky, Wann kippt das System? Der europäische Konstitutionalismus steht an einem Scheideweg, F.A.Z. Einspruch, 16. Januar 2019 

Wolfgang Janisch, Aushöhlen, gleichschalten, hetzen. Verfassungsrichter und andere Juristen überlegen in Berlin, wie der Rechtsstaat in Europa zu retten ist, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 15. Januar 2019

Maximilian Steinbeis, Piercing the Hull, Verfassungsblog, 12. Januar 2019


Max Planck-Cambridge-Prize for International Law
The prize will be awarded jointly by the MPIL and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge in Great Britain.


This year’s Philip C. Jessup Moot Court team managed to earn an excellent fourth place in the national rounds. Three of the participants made it under the best five oralists (including second best oralist), whereas the team also received the Spirit of the Jessup Award.

Institute Grants

Application deadline was July 31, 2018.

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


Institute Grants

The online application portal was activated in June 2017 (Application deadline was 1 June-31 July 2017).

The MPIL welcomed applications for the Internship Programme. Deadline 1st June.

The MPIL cordially congratulates the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Teamof the University of Heidelberg to its success at the German National Rounds in Passau. The Team was ranked in third place and qualified itself for the International Rounds in Washington, D.C.. Traditionally, the Heidelberg Jessup Team is hosted at the MPIL in an effort to support the most promising next generation of public international lawyers in their educational and professional development.


Max Planck Trialogues Workshop: Self-defence against Non-state Actors, 4-5 November 2016


The colloquium "Digital surveillance and cyber spying: French and German perspectives" took place on the 22nd and 23rd of September, 2016 in Paris.


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

The MPIL convened 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).


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.

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

Papers may be downloaded from the MPIL website or directly from SSRN.

The Franco-German academic cooperation HeiParisMax established in 2015 now has its own website

Journal of the History of International Law, Workshop on the Legacy of the Russian Revolution in International Law