New International Max Planck Research School at the Universität Heidelberg
A new International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) at Heidelberg University will be investigating research issues connected with successful dispute resolution in international law. The Max Planck Society has approved funding for the new IMPRS to the tune of approximately 730.000 euros for a period of three years. As of 2010 some 20 successful candidates will be receiving scholarships enabling them to work on their doctoral dissertations. The school will be run jointly by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and the Institute of Foreign and International Private and Economic Law of the Universität Heidelberg. A three-year funding extension is possible.
The new IMPRS is essentially concerned with the prerequisites and parameters enabling conflicts at an international level to be resolved successfully. The main focus will be on proceedings brought before the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Other key issues are investment conflicts, commercial arbitration, national insolvency and alternative approaches to dispute resolution. The research topics are international, comparative and interdisciplinary in nature. The school is designed not only for law graduates but also for degree-holders in political science, sociology and psychology.
The International Max Planck Research School is to be amalgamated with the existing research school on “Successful Dispute Settlement in International Law” located at the Law Faculty of the Universität Heidelberg. “The new school is a token of the close academic cooperation between the faculty and the Max Planck Institute,” emphasised Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum (MPI for Comparative Public Law and International Law). Professor Wolfrum is one of the coordinators of the new IMPRS, the other being Prof. Dr. Burkhard Hess (Institute of Foreign and International Private and Economic Law).
Other Heidelberg law professors involved are Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfeiffer, Prof. Dr. Werner Ebke, Prof. Dr. Peter-Christian Müller-Graff, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Dannecker and Prof. Dr. Herbert Kronke. A further partner in this cooperative venture is the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg/Breisgau.
Prof. Dr. Burkhard Hess
Institute of Foreign and International Private and Economic Law
phone: +49 6221 543629
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum
Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
phone: +49 6221 482255
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