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


Actors, Groups and Identities in Legal History
This year's Summer Academy brought together twenty participants with a broad range of personal and academic backgrounds for two weeks of intensive exchange. As part of an overarching programme of introductory lectures on select research fields in legal history under the theme ‘Actors, groups and identities in legal history’, the early doctoral candidates had the opportunity to present their work to an audience of research colleagues. Lively discussions and fruitful questions emerged over the course of the two weeks between the participants who were all at a similar point in their academic careers.
Evidences of Truth

Evidences of Truth

August 23, 2023
The writings of Francisco Rodrigues SJ (1515–1573) have influenced generations of confessors in areas under the patronage of the Iberian crowns, including India, China, Japan, and the Philippines. The collective book project ‚Evidences of Truth‘, led by Rômulo da Silva Ehalt, aims to explore the life and times of this often overlooked figure in the history of Jesuit missions in Asia under the Portuguese Padroado, shedding light on Normative Knowledge Production in Early Modern Portuguese Asia.
'A Paradigm Shift in Common Law Theory'
The intersection of theory, practice, and history of law has always been a captivating subject. Few individuals embody this multifaceted approach as effectively as Prof Shivprasad Swaminathan. He's currently on a Humboldt Fellowship at our Institute, where he's studying the theory and method in the common law. In our interview he explores the state of private law in India, the need for a new approach to common law theory, and the potential of historical perspectives in modern jurisprudence.

Jan Schröder: Recht als Wissenschaft

Sep 28, 2023 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany) - Sep 29, 2023 03:00 PM
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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