Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History is involved in three projects integrated into the Cluster of Excellence 243 “The Formation of Normative Orders” sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The Frankfurt Cluster of Excellence EXC 243 devoted to the "Formation of normative orders" combines university and non-university institutions in the Rhine-Main science region. In addition to the MPIeR, the external participants include the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and a research group at TU Darmstadt. The speakers for the cluster are philosopher of law Professor Klaus Günther and social philosopher Professor Rainer Forst.

Through the medium of this large-scale interdisciplinary project, the goal is to juxtapose current issues of globalization with a historical dimension. In the words of the university: "The scientists participating in the Cluster of Excellence are examining the reasons for the rapid and conflict-prone changes that are taking place in social orders – from the issue of a fair and just global economic order among the countries of the northern and southern hemispheres to the worldwide assertion of human rights, and from the transformation of authoritarian regimes into democratic states governed by the rule of law to the establishment of world peace. An important role is played by the diverse and often contrary convictions among the parties concerned as to what constitutes a just order and their perceived justifications. In the complex web of economic, cultural, political and religious causes of national and international conflicts, these convictions and justifications are often both the trigger and the driving force."

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