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Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law

Professor Dr Burkhard Hess
Professor Dr Hélène Ruiz Fabri

There is an old saying that being right and being proven to be right at court are two different things. In the end, the value of subjective rights depends on their enforceability — which is subject to their prior determination in legal proceedings by courts and tribunals. Experts from the Luxembourg Institute take a look at different legal proceedings, as well as other contemporary forms of settling disputes (such as class actions or mediation). The law of civil procedure, as developed in both Europe and the rest of the world, forms one point of focus, another relates to how disputes are settled under international law by international courts. At the same time, the researchers also concentrate on topics relating to public and private regulations, particularly those concerning financial markets and listed companies. The main research areas in this context include IPOs, corporate takeovers, corporate governance, financial services and investment funds. This focus on related research areas within one institute – while looking at both European and international aspects — promotes the generation of interdisciplinary knowledge and the mutual exchange of ideas. As the first Max Planck Institute outside Germany to focus on legal sciences, this new institute will closely cooperate with the Faculty of Law and Economics of the University of Luxembourg.

Research Areas

Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution

Examines and analyses various mechanisms and techniques of international dispute settlement — including traditional litigation as well as alternative methods of dispute resolution and adjudication — but also extends its research to all kinds of decision-making processes. Its research agenda focuses on the principles and processes underlying each of these mechanisms and explores various theoretical and historical schools of thought in international law in order to assess their accuracy regarding procedural issues. 

Department of European and Comparative Procedural Law

This department addresses the whole range of judicial and extrajudicial settlement of civil law disputes, as well as the differentiation of dispute resolution (e.g. in family law, in consumer protection, and in collective redress). Also as a result of its international composition, this department sees itself initially as a department for comparative civil procedure law. In addition to that, there is a special focus on European civil procedure law, on the one hand on cross-border cases within the scope of application of Article 81 TFEU, on the other hand on the influences and requirements of EU law vis-à-vis national procedural laws. 

Department of Regulatory Procedural Law

This department addresses legal questions concerning regulation. Procedural law determines the perspective here as well. The object of research of this department concerns in particular the capital and financial markets, their (currently partly insufficient) regulation, and the necessary consequences which have to be drawn from it in the light of the persistent financial crisis.

Joining the Institute

The Institute operates a guest programme for short research stays and for which scholarships are available. Research fellowships are from time to time advertised.

For further information and application please visit the Insitute’s website: https://www.mpi.lu 


Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law

4, rue Alphonse Weicker
L-2721 Luxemburg
Phone: +352 269-488-0
Fax: +352 269488-902


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