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Harnack House, Berlin

25–27 October 2021

 What is the future of law?  The 2021 Max Planck Law Annual Conference will consider that challenging question in response to a number of developments and pressures.  It is, after all, a period of dramatic geopolitical realignment that will expose assumptions about and offer new perspectives on the values, structures, and epistemologies that inform our concept of “law.”  It also is a period of unrelenting technological development and innovation.  That is a force that will create new problems for law to resolve while providing law with new tools to perform its age-old function.  Few networks are so well-positioned to take up this challenge.  The Max Planck Law Institutes are conducting foundational research in nearly every conceivable legal sub-discipline and field.  The Institutes also are able to provide the historical and comparative expertise to lend the inquiry macro-level depth and breadth.  Finally, the wide variety of research methods employed at the Institutes ensures that we can assess this expansive inquiry from a productive range of perspectives.

Below is a provisional outline of  proceedings  (subject to change).

25 October 2021

13.00 – 14.00

Registration

14.00 – 16.00

Plenum

Introduction to Max Planck Law Activities
 

16.30 – 18.30

Plenum / Breakouts

Max Planck Law Initiatives and Projects
 

18.30 – 19.30

Reception & Dinner

19.30 – 20.30

MPL 2022 Curriculum –  Poster Presentations

26 October 2021

8.30 – 9.30

Registration

9.30 – 11.30

Senior Researcher Panel
 
"The Future of Criminal Law"







12.00 – 13.00

Discussion / Networking Activity

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 16.00

Parallel Sessions 


Four MPIs present the “Future Law" dimensions of their research.


— MPI Halle
— MPI Hamburg
— MPI Heidelberg 
— MPI Luxembourg

16.30 – 18.00

Keynote Lecture

Prof. Marietta Auer (Director MPI-Frankfurt)

“Tomorrow’s Epistemology of Legal Science: The Case of Private Law”

18.00 – 19.00

Dinner

19.00 – 21.00

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

27 October 2021

9.00 – 10.00

Registration

10.00 – 12.30

Directors Roundtable

"The Future of Foundational Legal Research"


— Prof. Drexl (MPI Munich / Innovation)
— Prof. Engel (MPI Bonn)
— Prof. Michaels (MPI Hamburg)
— Prof. Peters (MPI Heidelberg)

Moderator: Prof. Anna-Bettina Kaiser (Humboldt Berlin)

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch

13.30 – 15.00

Max Planck Law Forward

Presentation of Max Planck Law's professional development activities.

15.00 – 16.00

Closing Session