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Excellence in Legal Research and Training

Max Planck Law is a network of eleven Max Planck Institutes engaged in advanced legal research. Our aim is to promote excellence in research and training by facilitating cooperation and collaboration between our members and partners.

Research Opportunities

Innovative, International, Intra- and  Interdisciplinary

Max Planck Law is committed to excellence in doctoral studies and postdoctoral training. We invite exceptional candidates to apply for any of the numerous funded opportunities.


Inaugural Conference

The Inaugural Conference of Max Planck Law took place 21–23 October 2019 in Harnack House. Bringing together scholars at all levels from across ten Max Planck Institutes that engage in legal research, the conference was testament to the diversity of legal scholarship taking place within the Max Planck Society as well as celebration of our movement towards a more deeply networked and collaborative future, both between the Institutes and with our partners across the world. Max Planck Law represents the beginning of this movement.

The conference programme included a welcome address by the president of the Max Planck Society Professor Martin Stratmann, an introduction by Professor Stefan Vogenauer in which he presented a brief history of legal studies in the Max Planck Society, an alumnus lecture by Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum, introductory overviews of the member Institutes by the Directors of each Institute, and masterclasses in which the Directors collaborated to present topics from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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