Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory
The researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory (formerly Max Planck Institute for European Legal History) study the historical forms of law in a global-historical as well as comparative perspective, and legal theory in a multidisciplinary context. Central issues are the constitution, legitimation, transformation and practice of law, with particular attention being paid to positioning historical forms of ‘law’ in the context of other normative orders. The establishment of a department engaged in developing a multidisciplinary legal theory in 2020 substantially expands the Institute's engagement with issues of legal theory.
The Institute considers its most important task to consist in engaging in theoretically reflected historical research in the field of law and other forms of normativity in order to make a specific contribution to fundamental research in legal scholarship, the social sciences and humanities.
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 78978-0
Fax: +49 69 78978-169
This institute has no International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS).
There is always the possibility to do a PhD. Please contact the directors or research group leaders at the Institute.