The Max-Planck Summer Academy for Legal History, offered by the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR), provides an in-depth introduction to methods and principles of research in legal history. Although its main focus is on European legal history, there is special emphasis on global perspectives on legal history. It addresses a selected group of highly motivated early-stage researchers, usually PhD candidates, working on a research project with an interest in the basic research of historical formation and transformations of law and other normative orders.
The academy consists of two modules and lasts two weeks; the first week provides an introduction to the study of sources, methodological principles, as well as theoretical models and controversial research debates on basic research fields of legal history (module 1). During the second week the participants discuss a special research theme and develop their own approach to the theme (module 2).
Déposer sa candidature :
Prerequisites for participation are an above-average university degree and a very good command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of German is not a prerequisite. Additionally, candidates are required to work on an individual research project in legal history or related disciplines.
A complete application contains the following documents:
- Project draft of approx. 10 pages reflecting and making reference to the special theme of the Summer Academy. The main research questions and outline of the project or doctoral thesis should be the focus of this draft.
- Brief letter of motivation: Applicants should write a short statement of no more than two typed pages in English as to why they wish to take part in the summer academy and whether they have previously studied legal history.
Applications have to be submitted by March 1st, 2015 in electronically form only (max. 10 MB) to summeracademy(at)rg.mpg.de
Participants will be selected and notified by mid April 2015.