Our Institute has a new name

January 11, 2021

Since 1 January 2021, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History has a new name: Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory / Max-Planck-Institut für Rechtsgeschichte und Rechtstheorie (mpilhlt).

This new designation not only embodies the expansion of our legal historical research to continents beyond Europe – not to the exclusion of European legal history, which remains a focus at the Institute –but more significantly, the new name makes it clear that with the establishment of a third department legal theory now has a permanent place at the Institute.

The departments have also received new designations, which reflect the diversity and complementary nature of the research conducted at the Institute. Marietta Auer has named her new department Multidisciplinary Theory of Law. Thomas Duve has changed the name of his department to Historical Regimes of Normativity and Stefan Vogenauer has renamed his department European and Comparative Legal History.

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