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Max Planck Law Fellows

Max Planck Law Fellows are distinguished internatational scholars each of whom have been nominated by at least two Directors from different Institutes across Max Planck Law. MPL Fellows will engage in their own research projects wtih the support of the Institutes within the Max Planck Law network.

 Karen Knop is recognized as one of the leading scholars in public international law worldwide. Her work spans private as well as public international law.  Known particularly for its concern with challenges of gender and cultural differences for core concepts in both fields, it is always interdisciplinary and theoretically informed. She recently gave lectures at the Hague Academy of International Law on the topic of Foreign Relations and International Law, and the topic of her invited Foreword for the European Journal of International Law in 2023 will be populism, empire and the rise of foreign relations law. At the same time, she has long taught and researched private international law, leading to an edited issue and several articles and book chapters. Her current focus on foreign relations law brings together both those fields. Knop has co-authored several articles with Prof. Ralf Michaels and Prof. Annelise Riles, a collaboration that has also led to a well-received journal issue on Transdisciplinary Conflict of Laws. With Prof. Anne Peters, she has collaborated in the context of contributions to edited volumes and when she was chair of the editorial committee of the American Journal of International Law Unbound.

Daniel S. Nagin is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics and since 2006 has served as the college’s Associate Dean of Faculty. He received his Ph.D. in 1976 from what is now the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. He chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on Deterrence and the Death Penalty, and served as Deputy Secretary for Fiscal Policy and Analysis in the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue from 1981 to 1986. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Academy of Political and Social Science and the recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Edwin H Sutherland Award in 2006, the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2014, Carnegie Mellon University’s Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award in 2015, and the National Academy of Science Award for Scientific Reviewing in 2017. His research focuses on the evolution of criminal and antisocial behaviors over the life course, the deterrent effect of criminal and non-criminal penalties on illegal behaviors, and the development of statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data.

Valérie Rosoux is currently Director of research of the National Fund for Scientific Research (Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS) in Belgium and Professor in the School of Political and Social Sciences, University of Louvain. She is qualified in three disciplines (philosophy, political science and law), speaks three languages fluently (French, English and Dutch), has been honoured with multiple research stays abroad (UK, Canada, France, US, South Africa), is actively involved in many scientific networks (journals, research agencies, professional associations) and is an experienced supervisor of doctoral theses. To borrow the words of William Zartman, the Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Rosoux is ‘the ultimate authority in Europe on reconciliation’, a field of research she was instrumental in developing and to which she has contributed immensely, first with the publication of her doctoral thesis, and since then with many groundbreaking publications and presentations.

René Urueña’s work focuses on the ways in which complex social challenges can be understood, and tackled, as distinctively legal problem. He has explored this issue in his current position, as a professor in International Law at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, and also as a Fellow at New York University and the Max Plack Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law; as a docent at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard, and as a visiting professor at the universities in Tel-Aviv, Utah, Helsinki and at the City University of New York. René is also an experienced international legal practitioner: he has represented states before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, has been several times an expert witness before the same Court, and served as a legal adviser of the Selection Committee of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Colombia). He received his LL.M. (laudatur) and his Doctor of Law (eximia cum laude) from the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Antoine Vauchez is a CNRS Research Professor in political sociology and law and a member of the Centre européen de sociologie et science politique-CESSP (Université Paris 1-Sorbonne). He was recently awarded the Michael Endres Prize by the Hertie School of Governence where he is a visiting professor throughout the academic year 2021–22. He has been an elected member of the ‘Politics, Power and Organisation’ section of the CNRS national committee, is a permanent visiting professor at the iCourts research centre (Univ. of Copenhagen), and is co-director of the Master’s degree in ‘European Public Affairs’ at the University of Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne. Antoine Vauchez’s work lies at the intersection of the socio-history of transnational power Habilitation (2010), his main research themes are the formation of a European centre of power, the emergence of a body of legal and economic knowledge of the European project and the consolidation of a ‘power of independence’ around the European courts of justice, central banks and regulatory agencies.