Every year since 1978, the Max Planck Society has awarded the Otto Hahn Medal to young researchers for outstanding scientific achievements, mostly in connection with their doctorate. The medal is endowed with 7500 euros in prize money. In 2020, among the recipients of the Otto Hahn Medal were six researchers affiliated to Institutes within the Max Planck Law network.

Corinna Coupette

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance.

In her dissertation, Corinna Coupette applies her research on legal networks to German legal discourse.  Based on a specially compiled data set of decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court, she develops tools for the modelling, quantification and visualisation of law.

Mariana Armond Dias Paes

Max Planck Institute for European Legal History.

Her research examines the social construction of legal relations between people and things in Brazil between 1835 and 1889. To this end, she analyzes 74 legal proceedings of the Court of Appeals of Rio de Janeiro that discussed dominion and possession over slaves and land.

Jakob Gleim

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

In his dissertation, Jakob Gleim examines the tension between the decedent’s freedom of disposition and the rights of the beneficiaries, balancing these two positions against one another and thereby identifying the reasons and the limitations of the validity of testamentary arbitration clauses.

Leonard Hoeft

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Is the law only as effective as the threat with sanctions is credible? In an elegant experiment, Leonhard Hoeft supports H. L. A. Hart’s claim that most of the law’s subjects are goodnatured, but one has to explain them what they are supposed to do. Yet there is a downside: They are happy to oblige, but remain unenlightened as to the normative problem.

Edoardo Stoppioni

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

His work applies discourse analysis, as developed by Foucault and the Frankfurt School, to investment awards and decisions of the World Trade Organisation, in order to unveil the narratives used by adjudicators when exercising power in the international legal order. This linguistic inquiry intends to be a critical assessment of the neoliberal and hegemonic structures of international economic adjudication.

Filip Vojta

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law

His dissertation focused on a comprehensive qualitative exploration of the system for enforcement of the ICTY sentences and reconceptualization of the penal concept of rehabilitation of international prisoners.