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Max Planck Law is committed to the promotion of excellence in legal research.

All participating Institutes engage in fundamental research at the highest level. Their research projects tend to be highly innovative and both intra- and interdisciplinary in nature. We cooperate with top law schools and research institutes around the world.

Research is conducted across the entire range of legal disciplines. The core disciplines of private, public and criminal law are mostly analysed from a comparative and transnational perspective. The same is true for more discrete and specialized fields, such as the law of procedure, human rights law, the law of citizenship, company law, and tax law. We are interested in law in its cultural, economic, historical, social, economic, and philosophical context, so we have a strong focus on both theoretical and empirical legal studies.

Research Opportunities

1. Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research

Early career researchers benefit from close supervision and mentoring by world leaders in their respective fields. Our Institutes offer unrivalled conditions, including access to rare specialist libraries and databases, generous work spaces, administrative, academic, and pastoral support, and generous funding.

In addition, there are numerous opportunities to participate in conferences, seminars, and workshops as well as to instigate projects and initiatives across the Max Planck Law network (see Engaging the Network below).

Take a look at the subject areas in the acordian to find the Institute that suits you. Links are provided for you to find out more about the Institute and methods for application. Also take a look here at the positions Institutes are looking to actively fill.

2. Engaging the Nework

Max Planck Law is a network that brings together the researchers and resources of the eleven law-related Max Planck Institutes for more cooperation among the Institutes and for better reception of the Institutes’ research outcomes around the world.

We engage the network in four ways: the establishment of 1) permanent fora , for example the Forum Latin America,  and 2) external cooperations, such as the Cambridge Exchange,  as well as the support for grassroots-driven activities in the form of specific  3) projects and 4) initiatives.

Explore much more about our engaging of the network here and if you are currently engaged in doctoral or postdoctoral research at any one of our eleven Institutes, submit your proposal for a project or initiative here.


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