International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment

The International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS REMEP) is one of three Research Schools located at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (MPICC). It addresses retaliation, mediation, and punishment and their roles in establishing, maintaining, and forming social order and (human) security in the face of conflicts, various forms of crime, terrorism, insurgencies, or civil war.

The goal is of the IMPRS REMEP to assist in the provision of timely and appropriate answers concerning conflicts of globalization, political internationalization, and migration. Over 20 highly motivated and talented doctoral students from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe analyze and compare the use of retaliation, mediation, and punishment in these conflicts, taking into account a range of perspectives, including the history of law, international law, criminal law, criminology, and anthropology. The researchers use different sets of theories and methods to analyze conflicts in different times and according to various scales.

The PhD projects of REMEP can be collapsed into five clusters which create a distinct profile and demonstrate the synergetic potential of the program:

  • Criminal Punishment, Retaliatory Violence, Interactions, and Social Order
  • Mediation and Reconciliation in Comparative Perspectives
  • Violent Pasts, Transition, and Various Roads to Justice and Social Order
  • Punishment and Interactions between Concepts of International and Local Orders
  • Punishment, Social Control, Regulation, and Governance

The Research School is a unique collaboration between the MPICC's Department of Criminology, and the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt), the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle), the University of Freiburg and the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg.

Currently, the Research School’s spokesperson is Prof. Dr. Günther Schlee, Director at the Max Planck Istitute for Social Anthropology (Halle). Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Albrecht is his deputy. Dr. des. Timm Sureau, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, is responsible for the overall coordination; Dr. Carolin Hillemanns is responsible for the partners in Freiburg.

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