Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

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Max Planck Institute for
Comparative Public Law and International Law
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.svg
Abbreviation MPIL
Purpose Basic research
Location Heidelberg, Germany
Acting Director
Armin von Bogdandy; Anne Peters
Parent organization
Max Planck Society
Staff approx. 100
Website www.mpil.de

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Max Planck Institute for International Law, MPIL) is a legal research institute located in Heidelberg, Germany. It is operated by the Max Planck Society. Founded in 1949, it is the successor institution of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Foreign and International Public Law, which was founded in 1924. The institute currently employs 69 scientific staff and is managed by its directors Armin von Bogdandy (since 2002) and Anne Peters (since 2013).[1] It is seated at Heidelberg University's New Campus.

The institute is one of the most important research institutions in the German-speaking world in the fields of international law, European law, comparative public law, and for the theoretical frameworks of transnational law. It has traditionally performed important advisory functions for parliaments, administrative organs and courts concerned with questions of public international law, comparative public law and European law. In particular, the institute has provided the German Federal Constitutional Court, the German Bundestag and the German Federal Government with information, expert testimony and counsel, representing the Federal Republic of Germany in several high-profile cases.[1]

The institute's directors regularly hold the chairs for international law at the University of Heidelberg Law School. Moreover, the institute's directors traditionally have held outstanding positions in national and international courts and bodies:

Former research assistants include Hans-Peter Kaul, sitting vice president of the International Criminal Court,[2] Juliane Kokott, sitting Advocate General of the European Court of Justice,[3] former Justice in the International Court of Justice Carl-August Fleischhauer,[4] and Georg Nolte, present member of the United Nations International Law Commission.[5]

With 630.000 volumes, the institute's library contains the largest collection for international law, European law, and public law in Europe. Regular publications by the institute include the "Heidelberg Journal for International Law", the "Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law"; the "Journal of the History of International Law"; the "Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law"; and the semi-annual bibliography "Public International Law".[6] Guests are involved in the institute’s programs, especially symposia, lectures and the weekly meetings of the research staff, as well as various staff-led working groups on specific subject areas.[1]

Directors[edit]

The building of the institute in Heidelberg.

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  1. ^ a b c "Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law - History and Organization". Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law website. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Curriculum Vitae of Hans-Peter Kaul" (pdf). International Criminal Court website. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  3. ^ Biographies of the Members of the European Court of Justice
  4. ^ Carl-August Fleischhauer. In: Arthur Eyffinger, Arthur Witteveen, Mohammed Bedjaoui: La Cour internationale de Justice 1946–1996. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Den Haag und London 1999, ISBN 9-04-110468-2, S. 283
  5. ^ "Curriculum Vitae of Georg Nolte". Humboldt University website. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Publications of the Institute" (cfm). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law website. Retrieved 2008-05-17.