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.