The Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory collaborates closely with the Research Program "History of the Max Planck Society". A separate collection of articles will be edited and investigates the development of legal studies within the MPG. It inquires about the double nature of law-related MPIs: what was their role within the society? What was their function within the German landscape of jurisprudence and law faculties? A vantage point are the accounts of individual law-related MPIs founded since 1945, which together formed the cluster of legal studies. Their special position, derived from their specialized research agendas, is the connecting thread: what did law-related MPIs contribute to the German legal landscape that law faculties could not accomplish? The volume addresses this question both in the individual MPI’s accounts as well as in the aggregating essays.

We were able to win six accomplished jurists and legal historians for contributing to the volume. Each of them has excellent expertise in those legal fields their respective institutes covered. The authors meet regularly to discuss the progress of their inquiries, summarize findings, and discuss the overarching research questions.

Ulrich Magnus (University of Hamburg) – Max Planck Institute for International Private Law

Felix Lange (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) – Max Planck Institute for International Public Law

Jan Thiessen (University of Tübingen) – Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory

Sascha Ziemann (University of Freiburg) – Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law

Diethelm Klippel (University of Bayreuth) – Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Eberhard Eichenhofer (Technical University Dresden) – Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy


Visiting Scholar in the GMPG Research Program:

Dr. Jasper Kunstreich