Lena Foljanty received the Sibylle Kalkhof Rose Academy Prize for her work on the reorientation of German legal scholarship after 1945. The prize, endowed with 5000 €, is awarded every two years by the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz to outstanding researchers in the humanities.
With this prize, the Academy also honoured Lena Foljanty’s current research project on comparative legal and constitutional history, which is the focus of a Max Planck research group she leads at the MPIeR. Together with three doctoral students, she is comparing legal practice in Japan, China and the Ottoman Empire in the transition from the 19th to the 20th century. Among the reasons for awarding the prize to Dr. Foljanty, the committee stated that her close ties to the Japanese legal culture means that she “will belong to the most visible intellectual mediators in the future between West and East”.
Daniel Damler, a former Ph.D. student and now affiliated researcher at our Institute, received the Sibylle Kalkhof Rose Academy Prize in 2015.