Jurisprudence

Portrait of Heiko Richter

An interview on the EU's planned Digital Markets Act with competition law specialist Heiko Richter more

portrait of Christian Marxsen

What options are there for holding those accountable who are responsible for the Ukraine war? In an interview, International Law expert Christian Marxsen explains which courts are responsible and what the impact of a guilty verdict over the perpetrators might be more

Double success

Marietta Auer and Iain Couzin are awarded the Leibniz Prize 2022 of the German Research Foundation DFG more

Deliberate ignorance: choosing not to know

Intentionally foregoing information can be a good decision for both individuals and society more

"Deliberate ignorance can be understood as a cultural skill"

We live in a knowledge society in which science and education is of particular importance. But under certain circumstances, we all benefit from deliberate ignorance. The Max Planck directors Ralph Hertwig and Christoph Engel explain why deliberately foregoing information in certain areas should even be prescribed and taught. more

"Interfering with patent protection means playing with fire"

Coronavirus vaccines are in short supply. India and South Africa have called for a relaxation of patent protection rules. Their proposal to temporarily suspend intellectual property (IP) rules related to Covid-19 vaccines and treatments is currently being discussed at the World Trade Organization. But is this proposal the right approach? In an interview, Reto Hilty, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, explains why he thinks laying hands on patent protection is dangerous. more

Regulatory thickets – a problem?

A game-theoretical study shows when bureaucracies tend to excessive regulations more

A hyperactive legislator

Numerous changes in asylum and residency law have led to differences in the way that the law is applied and legal uncertainty more

“Informal agreements as an opportunity for a fairer migration policy”

The European Commission is currently negotiating with Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania to ensure that refugees do not even reach Europe's external borders - a current example of how the EU is outsourcing its responsibility for migration to third countries. Cooperation like this is increasingly taking place on an informal level. In an interview, legal scholar Luc Leboeuf from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology talks about the risks, but also the opportunities that such agreements bring with them. more

Asylum facilities that violate laws

Conditions in Greek EU hotspots and German arrival centres violate fundamental rights and EU directives more

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Double success

Marietta Auer and Iain Couzin are awarded the Leibniz Prize 2022 of the German Research Foundation DFG more

A hyperactive legislator

Numerous changes in asylum and residency law have led to differences in the way that the law is applied and legal uncertainty more

Asylum facilities that violate laws

Conditions in Greek EU hotspots and German arrival centres violate fundamental rights and EU directives more

International law in the times of the coronavirus

Legal experts at the MPI for Comparative Public Law and International Law examine the respone of WHO in curbing the coronavirus pandemic more

The case for corona bonds

Eleven legal experts from different European countries argue in favour of European bonds to help with economic recovery more

"A new quality of violation of the law"

Since the Turkish government called into question the refugee deal with the European Union at the end of February, dramatic scenes have been taking place in the Turkish-Greek border region. Thousands of refugees are stuck in no man's land in the hope of being accepted into Europe. But Greece has closed the border and is pushing back migrants by force. Catharina Ziebritzki, Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, evaluates the EU's handling of refugees at the external border from a legal perspective. more

“A set of rules for our increasingly globalized world”

Nico Krisch, the first Max Planck Cambridge laureate for international law, examines the rights and obligations of international organisations. more

A step towards biological warfare with insects?

A project by a research agency of the US Department of Defense could easily be misused for developing biological weapons more

Portrait of Heiko Richter

An interview on the EU's planned Digital Markets Act with competition law specialist Heiko Richter more

portrait of Christian Marxsen

What options are there for holding those accountable who are responsible for the Ukraine war? In an interview, International Law expert Christian Marxsen explains which courts are responsible and what the impact of a guilty verdict over the perpetrators might be more

Deliberate ignorance: choosing not to know

Intentionally foregoing information can be a good decision for both individuals and society more

"Deliberate ignorance can be understood as a cultural skill"

We live in a knowledge society in which science and education is of particular importance. But under certain circumstances, we all benefit from deliberate ignorance. The Max Planck directors Ralph Hertwig and Christoph Engel explain why deliberately foregoing information in certain areas should even be prescribed and taught. more

"Interfering with patent protection means playing with fire"

Coronavirus vaccines are in short supply. India and South Africa have called for a relaxation of patent protection rules. Their proposal to temporarily suspend intellectual property (IP) rules related to Covid-19 vaccines and treatments is currently being discussed at the World Trade Organization. But is this proposal the right approach? In an interview, Reto Hilty, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, explains why he thinks laying hands on patent protection is dangerous. more

Regulatory thickets – a problem?

A game-theoretical study shows when bureaucracies tend to excessive regulations more

“Informal agreements as an opportunity for a fairer migration policy”

The European Commission is currently negotiating with Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania to ensure that refugees do not even reach Europe's external borders - a current example of how the EU is outsourcing its responsibility for migration to third countries. Cooperation like this is increasingly taking place on an informal level. In an interview, legal scholar Luc Leboeuf from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology talks about the risks, but also the opportunities that such agreements bring with them. more

"A liberal culture within the police force is something worth fighting for"

Following the attacks by rioting youths on police officers in Stuttgart and the police violence against blacks in the USA, Max Planck Director Ralf Poscher explains in an interview the different cultures of the police in Germany and the USA and the possibilities of preventing discrimination. more

In her essay, Max Planck Director Ayelet Shachar describes how governments in western countries are increasingly trying to control access to their territories from a distance and monitor the mobility of their own citizens more

"Benefiting from shared water resources: cooperation tops confrontation"

On the occasion of World Water Day on 22 March 2020, the United Nations drew attention to the fact that water is a scarce commodity in many regions of the world. more

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