The team currently consists of three doctoral representatives:
- Martha Basazienw Kassa (LL.M, Harvard Law School) currently serves as External Representative of the Institute as well as the Internal Representative of the Department of Public Law. She has been working on a doctoral research project titled, “Counterterrorism Regime as Fashioned by the European Court of Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal” since December 2019.
- Claudia Wittl has been at the Institute since 2019 and is internal representative of the Department of Criminal Law. She is currently writing her doctoral thesis on the topic of “Naturalism in Legal Theory”.
- Lisa Natter is internal representative of the Department of Criminology. Since December 2019, she is a doctoral student and writes her thesis on "Analyses of crime-related perceptions in social contexts".
The doctoral representatives promote the interests of doctoral students within the Institute. They meet regularly with the directors and the head of administration to discuss topics of concern to doctoral students. Additionally, the team organizes after-work get-togethers and other social activities, providing doctoral students with a platform for connecting with each other in a casual environment. The doctoral representatives also function as a point of contact for doctoral students new to the Institute.
The external representative represents the Institute’s doctoral students within the nationwide Max Planck PhDnet. In addition, the Institute is active in regional hubs (such as the “black forest hub”), which foster the interaction of doctoral students working at different MPIs in the same area.