The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law (MPI) is part of the world-renowned Max Planck Society - Germany’s most successful research organization. The MPI Luxembourg investigates modern tendencies in dispute resolution from different perspectives, including: the perspective of public international law, the perspective of European law and from the perspective of comparative civil procedure law, as well as from a regulatory standpoint (especially with reference to financial markets).

Coming from all over the world, the MPI’s researchers use their expertise to examine a wide range of legal proceedings, stretching to include areas such as IT-based judicial proceedings, judicial settlements, arbitration, mass claims processing, online dispute resolution, cross-border enforcement, conflict-management processes, and mediation. The research agenda assesses the accuracy of various theoretical and historical schools of thought in international and European law with regard to procedural issues. It applies modern approaches to dispute resolution such as empirical and statistical research and economic analysis of procedural law. It also sheds light on the influence of international procedural law on the development of private and public international law. It sets out to do so by taking into account the concept of procedural law in its widest sense and by using a synoptic method that unites theoretical, historical, and practical perspectives on dispute settlement.

Anchored in truly international and interdisciplinary foundations, the Institute’s research profile allows the frequently drawn distinction between public and private law to be overcome, by bringing together different fields of law. The MPI’s research brings together distinct fields of law, with areas of intersection that facilitate collaborative research - an approach which aims at opening up new perspectives for procedural law. Moreover, the MPI seeks out engagement and collaboration with other legal Max Planck Institutes and other international research centres that also investigate procedural law matters from their particular scientific perspectives.