The Institute (mpilhlt) and its researchers are involved in a large number of national and international collaborations. Most of them are rather informal and related to individual research projects. They range from joint conferences, seminars and workshops to co-authorships and co-editorships.

In addition to the activities just mentioned, the Institute maintains a number of institutional cooperations, the majority of which are connected with third-party funded projects. Within Frankfurt, we work closely with the Faculty of Law, the Department of History and the Cluster of Excellence 'The formation of normative orders' at the Goethe University and are also participating in the LOEWE research focus 'Architectures of order' (starting 2020). Further partners in the Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region include the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz and the Cluster of Excellence 'Beyond Slavery and Freedom' situated at the University of Bonn. Moreover, the newly established Max Planck Law network, under the direction of Stefan Vogenauer, is coordinated here at the mpilhlt.

In the course of expanding the research perspective of the Institute to selected regions of the world beyond Europe, our collaborations with countries in these regions has become increasingly important. At present there are a number of cooperations with partners in Latin America, East Asia and countries that were formerly part of the British Empire. In Argentina, the Institute is involved in a PICT-funded research project on the history of criminal law, while a Max Planck Partner Group is currently working in Chile. Researchers here at the Institute are also involved in the EU-funded RISE project. Furthermore, research on the legal history of the European Union is carried out with the support of European institutions such as the Historical Archives of the European Union, the European Court of Justice, the European Commission and the European Union Liaison Committee of Historians.

Together with the Max Weber Foundation and the Werner Reimers Foundation the Institute has initiated the programme China – Norms, Ideas, Practices.

The bi-national research project Social-legal trajectories examines the contours and cultures in the field of law and society in Germany and the United Kingdom.

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