The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History publishes in-house research as well as research from institutional affiliates. Much of this research is still published in print, but it is increasingly available online.

This applies in particular to journals

Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History

The Institute journal, Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History, appears annually in print (Klostermann Verlag) and is simultaneously available through open access. The journal's international and multilingual focus reflects the diversity of global legal and research cultures.

American Journal of Legal History (AJLH)

With the relaunch of the American Journal of Legal History in 2016, Stefan Vogenauer assumed the co-editorship of the journal, which is also now managed by an editorial team at the Institute. The first issue was published online in March 2016. The publisher is Oxford University Press.

Further Journals


Beyond the journals, a number of book series reflect the various areas of research at the Institute.

Global Perspectives on Legal History

Since 2014, the series Global Perspectives on Legal History has been published in-house. These volumes are available online through open access or as print-on-demand.

Studien zur europäischen Rechtsgeschichte

The series Studien zur europäischen Rechtsgeschichte has become a well-established and renowned place for publications in legal history. It comprises a number of sub-series, which provides researchers at the Institute with a flexible publication platform. Together with Studien zu Policey, Kriminalitätsgeschichte und Konfliktregulierung, it is published by Klostermann.

Studien zu Policey, Kriminalitätsgeschichte und Konfliktregulierung

(until and including 2012: Studien zu Policey und Policeywissenschaft)
Vittorio Klostermann Verlag; Frankfurt am Main.

methodica - Einführungen in die rechtshistorische Forschung

The methodica series provides instruction on how to conduct research in legal history. The volumes offer a survey of the traditions and current trends in select branches of research in legal history as well as of important sources and supporting materials. In addition to facilitating a deeper understanding for undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and lecturers, they are valuable to interdisciplinary and international research as well. The series is published by De Gruyter Oldenbourg.

Die deutschen Königspfalzen

Repertorium der Pfalzen, Königshöfe und übrigen Aufenthaltsorte der Könige im deutschen Reich des Mittelalters

The series, issued by the Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, is published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; Göttingen.

Further Book Series


Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series

The Legal History Research Paper Series, which has appeared online via SSRN since 2012, also aims to enhance the international profile of the Institute.

Annual reports of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

Every one to two years, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History publishes a report on its activities and its current and completed projects. You can retrieve these reports (mostly in German) below.

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