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Research Groups

Max Planck Research Groups (in the following referred to as: MPRGs) offer junior scientists who hold a doctoral degree an excellent opportunity to qualify for a further career at a high level. MPRGs are limited to five years; extension is only possible for groups that exhibit convincing research performance. Tenure is granted in exceptional cases only. The groups draw on infrastructure and administration of a MPI but are also provided considerable funds for personnel, equipment and running costs, negotiable funds that enable the group leaders to flexibly engage in their research project.

Please note that there are two types of MPRGs, which differ in some respects:


1. “Institute-Specific Group” (“institutseigene Forschungsgruppe”), that is, groups in conjunction with the MPI. These are usually related to the institute’s activities in terms of research topics. Group leader positions are advertised by the MPI itself.


2. “Centrally Announced Group” (“themenoffene Forschungsgruppe”). Here, suggestions for individual research projects are submitted on occasion of the centrally announced, major advertisement campaign where the Max Planck Society – based in the Headquarters in Munich - searches for group leaders. Young scientists may apply to a MPI of their choice - provided that all MPIs participate.

Research Group on Family and Succession Law in Islamic Countries

Since April 2009, a Max Planck Research Group on family and succession law in Islamic countries has been established at the Institute under the leadership of Dr. Nadjma Yassari.

The researchers are undertaking a comparative study of family and succession law in the Islamic world. Additionally, special focus is being placed on the role of procedural law for the further development of family and succession law. The first project of the group involves an analysis of marriage law and, in particular, party autonomy of the spouses in selected Islamic nations. The second project (since March 2014) is dedicated to child law and its development in Islamic countries. [more]