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

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

(formerly Max Planck Institute for European Legal History)
The researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory (mpilhlt), located in Frankfurt am Main, engage in research on the history and theory of law. Established in 1964, the Institute, with its three departments, the specialist library with 490,000 printed media units as well as numerous international visitors, has become a worldwide hub for those working on past and present national and transnational legal orders.
Multidisciplinary Theory of Law
Department Marietta Auer
Historical Regimes of Normativity
Department Thomas Duve
European and Comparative Legal History
Department Stefan Vogenauer


Emerging from the shadow of Savigny and Puchta
History has often not been kind to Friedrich Stahl, seeing him as a rather obscure character on the margins of the Historische Rechtsschule and overshadowed by Savigny and Puchta. Our upcoming Max Planck Lecture in Legal History and Legal Theory is about this intriguing figure situated at the intersection of legal scholarship and politics.

The lecture will take place at our Institute on 5 June at 16:15 and will be delivered by Marie Sandström of Stockholm University, who is also a member of our Advisory Board.

Roman Herzog Research Prize awarded to Anselm Küsters
Anselm Küsters, an associate researcher at our Institute and currently a postdoc working in the area of Digital History at the Humboldt University of Berlin, has been awarded the prestigious Roman Herzog Research Prize.
As the first-place finisher, he receives 20,000 Euros for his dissertation, ‘The Making and Unmaking of Ordoliberal Language’, which he wrote here at the mpilhlt. He used digital methods of natural language processing to investigate the development of EU competition law.

Job Offer
We are looking to recruit for 1 October 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter a Doctoral Student (m/f/div) for the Fellowship project ‘The History of European Union Employment Law’ under the supervision of Thorsten Keiser and Stefan Vogenauer, dealing with the following topic:
Equal pay in the Benelux countries in light of European law (1952-1973)

You will develop, co-ordinate and pursue a doctoral project turning the topic mentioned above. You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Institute under the guidance of Keiser and Vogenauer.

Pleitos de indios. Tradición católica y orden colonial en la América hispana

Jun 2, 2023 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Campus Westend der Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Room: RuW 3.102

Legal transfer in the common law world: the case of Siam’s legal reform

Jun 5, 2023 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM (Local Time Germany)
online, Room: For further information please contact cazzola@lhlt.mpg.de

Friedrich Julius Stahl - at the crossroads between legal scholarship and politics

Jun 5, 2023 04:15 PM - 05:45 PM (Local Time Germany)
mpilhlt, Room: Seminar 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
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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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