Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory

Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory

We provide a forum for reflecting on law.
We explore its theory and history in a comparative and global perspective.
We address societal challenges by contributing to a deeper understanding of law.
Multidisciplinary Theory of Law
Department Marietta Auer
Historical Regimes of Normativity
Department Thomas Duve
European and Comparative Legal History
Department Stefan Vogenauer


mpilhlt part of new Frankfurt Alliance science network
The mpilhlt is a member of the Frankfurt Alliance, a new science network that brings together 16 renowned institutions from the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region. The alliance aims to intensify cooperation and create synergies between research institutions. 
Unlocking China's Political Diversity
The research project "China – Norms, Ideas, Practices", conducted by the Department Historical Regimes of Normativity (Thomas Duve) in collaboration with the Max Weber Foundation and the Werner Reimers Foundation, opens a window to this intellectual scene. The project translates selected texts by contemporary Chinese authors into German and publishes them with introductory comments.
The gradual suppression of the slave trade in the 19th century
The treaties for the suppression of the slave trade were the subject of intense legal battles and debates in the first half of the 19th century. Adriane Sanctis de Brito’s book examines the legal disputes that took place within the context of the Anglo-Brazilian treaty by focusing on the political importance of the rules and proceedings regarding the search and capture of ships in the Atlantic Ocean.


Mar 4, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

When Law Leaves the Lawbooks: Legal Diffusion and Normative Instability in Medieval Europe

Apr 23, 2024 06:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
mpilhlt, Room: Z01
A basic bibliography on the history of Ibero-America and the Spanish Caribbean in the colonial period
Rechtsvergleichung als Erkenntnismethode. Historische Perspektiven vom Spätmittelalter bis ins 19. Jahrhundert
Cover Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History 30 (2022)
Emanzipation und Recht. Zur Geschichte der Rechtswissenschaft und der jüdischen Gleichberechtigung
Open Access
Edited by Karl Härter, Tina Hannappel and Conrad TyrichterStudien zu Policey, Kriminalitätsgeschichte und Konfliktregulierung
Celebrar lo imposible. El Código Civil en el régimen jurídico de la propiedad: Córdoba entre fines del siglo XIX y comienzos del XX
„recht erzählen“. Regionale Studien 1650–1850
Norms beyond Empire: Law-Making and Local Normativities in Iberian Asia, 1500-1800
Staatsangehörigkeit und Rassismus. Rechtsdiskurse und Verwaltungspraxis in den Kolonien Eritrea und Deutsch-Ostafrika (1882–1919)
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