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PhD@maxlaw Workshop

 

In order to foster academic exchange between Max Planck Law institutes at the PhD level, the Max Planck Young Legal Scholars’ Meeting annually brings together doctoral candidates who are conducting legal or law-related research at MPIs. In 2015, the MPI for Research on Collective Goods (Bonn) hosted the first workshop; in 2016, the workshop took place at the MPI for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg.

The third Max Planck Young Legal Scholars’ Meeting will be held from 3-5 May next year in Frankfurt at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, further promoting academic exchange among doctoral candidates at the legal institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science.

The workshops provide an opportunity to meet fellow doctoral students and exchange ideas. Participants have the chance to benefit from feedback on their own work, learn about the research of others and explore common ground for future projects.

2nd Max Planck Young Legal Scholars’ Meeting 12 and 13 May 2016

Following 2015’s successful and inspiring meeting in Bonn, the MPI for Comparative and International Private Law cordially invited PhD students who are conducting legal or law-related research at any of the various Max Planck Institutes to participate in a joint workshop in Hamburg. The PhD@maxlaw Workshop took place on 12 and 13 May 2016.

 

Their research topics may have had little in common, but for the 28 doctoral candidates who gathered together for the second Young Legal Scholars’ Meeting of the law-based Max Planck Institutes, such dissimilarity was only inspiration to consider the various research projects that much more intensively.

Despite the widely spread focal points of research, ranging from business law and public international law to legal history and legal philosophy, the PhD candidates were recurrently faced with certain questions. Above all, the autonomy of law played a central role at the meeting, encompassing topics such as the tension between state insolvency and state sovereignty, the conflict between public health care and personal freedom, and a testator’s right to choice of law in European private international law. Owing to their broad research backgrounds, the young researchers were regularly able to bridge the gaps between legal fields, stimulating new ideas and considering their own topics from a new perspective in the process.
In total, 20 research topics were presented, with ensuing discussion in each instance illuminating the theme from an array of angles. In all a successful endeavour that in addition to promoting academic exchange afforded time for collegial conversation on the rooftop terrace of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.
The Hamburg Institute played host this year, with the inaugural Young Legal Scholars’ Meeting having taken place last year at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. The idea for such an academic exchange came from the researchers themselves, who were also responsible for organizing the event and with the gathering took first steps in establishing their own academic networks.
Alongside doctoral candidates from the host institute, there were representatives from the MPI for European Legal History, the MPI for Social Anthropology, the MPI for Research on Collective Goods, the MPI Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, the MPI for Comparative Public Law and International Law, the MPI for Social Law and Social Policy and the MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance.

 

1st Max Planck Young Legal Scholars’ Meeting 2015

The first Max Planck Young Legal Scholars’ Meeting took place at the MPI for Research on Collective Goods (Bonn) from 23 to 24 April 2015

 

 For further information, please consult the institute’s website:

http://www.coll.mpg.de/content/1st-max-planck-young-legal-scholars-meeting