Research Profile

Areas of Expertise

The Areas of Expertise listed here comprise research projects in which work is largely or almost entirely completed with a legacy of expertise that is maintained at the Institute.

Jurists of the Indies

Transmission and Application of Knowledge, Readings and Experiences to the Debates over Affairs of the Indies (16th and 17th Centuries)

completed [more]

Knowledge of the pragmatici


Presence and Significance of Pragmatic Normative Literature in Ibero-America in the late 16th and early 17th Centuries [more]



Convivencia: Iberian to Global Dynamics, 500-1750’ is a joint project between the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR), Frankfurt a. M. (Thomas Duve), the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institute (Gerhard Wolf), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Jürgen Renn), and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale (Günther Schlee). Also participating in this joint project is David Nirenberg of Chicago University, an Associate of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. [more]

Legal Spaces

Jurists and historians alike are used to defining the spaces of their research clearly. ‘German’ and ‘European’ legal history long seemed to be unproblematic categories, but this is no longer the case. Scholars are increasingly sensitive to the historical relativity, flexibility and fluidity of spaces, which is partially due to recent advances in mobility and perhaps even to the deterritorialisation of communication about law. [more]

Experiencias: Erfahrungen mit dem Privat- und Strafrecht in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts zwischen Lateinamerika und Europa

Zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts verfügten fast alle lateinamerikanischen Staaten über Straf- und Zivilrechtskodifikationen. Diese beruhten auf einem Set von Modellen, viele Bausteine stammten aus der europäischen Kodifikationsbewegung des 19. Jahrhunderts. [more]
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