Dipl.-Soz. Gerd Bender

Project manager

Main Focus

  • Dictatorship and law in 20th-century Europe
  • Historical and sociological dimensions of labour law
  • Associations and the state
  • Theory and practice of governance
  • History of legal sociology


Curriculum Vitae

He studied sociology and law in Darmstadt and Frankfurt am Main and has been working as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory (formerly Max Planck Institute for European Legal History) for a number of years.

Within the context of the projects 'Legal Cultures of Modern Eastern Europe. Traditions and Transfers' and 'The Emergence of National Legal Systems in Post-Ottoman Southeastern Europe. Deconstruction, Formation and Transfer of Normativity', he is responsible for legal-sociological aspects and is jointly oversees project planning. Moreover, he is the co-initiator of the Cluster of Excellence project 'Regulated self-regulation from a legal-historical perspective'.

In addition to these functions, he is also responsible for issues concerning European research funding (Commissioner of European Affairs), coordinates the activities of the Institute within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence 'The Formation of Normative Orders', and heads up the History of Labour Law initiative.

Completed Projects

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