Two of Europe’s most dynamic and respected institutions for the study of law have forged a partnership to promote the exchange of ideas and to expand the national and disciplinary boundaries for legal research. The Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge has concluded a new exchange agreement with Max Planck Law, the network of eleven law-oriented research institutes scattered across Germany that, between them, cover nearly all sub-disciplines of legal studies, ranging from anthropology of law to tax law. The exchange agreement will give research students and academics the opportunity to cross the channel and be in residence for a two-month period at one of these remarkable centres for the study of law. The scheme will be launched in October 2021.

“This exchange scheme offers wonderful opportunities for our researchers,” said Professor Jens M Scherpe, who directs the Cambridge Law Faculty’s international initiatives. “Collaboration with these world-leading centres for international and comparative legal research is particularly important in a globalised world and will greatly enrich the work of those participating in the scheme.”

Professor Stefan Vogenauer, Director at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History and Chair of Max Planck Law, joined in: 

We are delighted to build on the longstanding and successful exchange between Cambridge and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law in Hamburg. In the future, Cambridge research students and academic staff will have much more choice and will be able to visit one of the ten other Institutes belonging in the Max Planck Law network. It will be similarly attractive for our PhD students and postdocs with a wide variety of different research interests to discuss and pursue their projects with colleagues at one of the leading law schools in the world.

At both Cambridge and Max Planck Law, places on the exchange will be advertised in January 2021.