Service and Infrastructure

The administration functions as a service department intended to relieve scientific staff of administrative tasks. Our goals are to provide optimal support for all staff and to ensure that the Institute’s funds are expended economically and effectively in compliance with the Institute’s purposes and a multiplicity of regulations. Within this framework, we strive to always provide an unbureaucratic, efficient and high-quality service in all areas. more
IT Management
The IT department operates and develops the Institute’s IT infrastructure, used by research staff, guests and the service departments. Its tasks include software management, providing and maintaining individual workstations, telephone and video conferencing systems, presentation technology, wireless networks as well as printing, scanning and copying equipment. Background services required for the IT infrastructure’s operation are increasingly also provided out of house. more
Research Coordination
The research coordinator supports the directors in the coordination, development and presentation of the Institute’s research profile. The scope of her responsibilities is quite broad and includes the organisation of the interdepartmental programme of events, the support of visitors within the Visitor's programme and scientific editing of the activity reports. Moreover, she advises the researchers on matters of third-party funding applications and project planning and is the contact person for doctoral students and postdocs on questions of work organisation and career planning. more
Research Communication
You can find out about our Institute’s research, events and publications on our homepage or receive regular updates by subscribing to one of our newsletters. Sent out once a month, European Legal History keeps you informed of all the Institute’s activities. Those with a special interest in the legal history of the Iberian worlds can also subscribe to our Max Planck Newsletter for Ibero-American Legal History. Of course, you can also follow us on Twitter @rg_mpg and Facebook @rechtsgeschichte. more
The Library of the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory is one of the world’s leading legal history libraries which owns 490,000 printed items and a multitude of electronic resources. It is the central point of contact for scientists and visitors of the Institute in all matters concerning literature and information gathering. In addition to providing research-relevant media, the library offers a wide range of research support services. more
Editorial Department
The Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory publishes both its own research results and those connected with the work at the Institute. One of the tasks of the editorial department is to disseminate and increase the visibility of these results through a variety of publication channels, including established and more recently established book series, journals and a Research Paper Series. While much of the scholarly output is still published in printed form, its availability online and in Open Access continues to grow. more
Digital Humanities
The Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory is actively engaged in developing and applying the resources, methods, and tools enabled by the digital transformation of research. Thanks to this transformation, many resources that research in legal history draws upon are readily available in new ways, new forms, and new quantities. The Institute has a stock of its own such resources, which undergoes constant improvement. Of course, new resources — and even new kinds of resources — are added regularly and comprise part of the Institute’s Digital Library. more
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