Dr. Tilmann J. Röder

Managing Director

Project Activities

Asia, particularly Afghanistan, Georgia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan; Colombia; Ukraine (Head of Projects)

Other Activities and Research Interests

Constitutional and International Law; Legal and Justice Reform in Post-Conflict Societies and States in Transformation; Legal Pluralism; Legal History (19th–20th century)


Professional and Academic Background

Since 7/2015 Member of the Advisory Panel on Civilian Crisis Prevention of the German Federal Government

Since 3/2015 Founder and co-editor, Sâlnâmah Moṭâl‘ât Ḥoqvqy Afġânestân (in Dari); since 6/2017 continued as Journal of Afghan Legal Studies (in Dari, Pashto and English)

Since 5/2014 Co-Editor, Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law

7/2013–7/2016 Pro bono Executive Director, Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law, Kabul, Afghanistan

1/2013–12/2017 Founding Managing Director, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

5/2012–9/2012 Expert on Informal Justice Systems in the HiiL/World Bank project “Innovations in Rule of Law” preparing the High Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Rule of Law in 9/2012

10/2010–12/2012 Head of the Max Planck Institute’s “Water Conflicts in International Law” project

1/2009–12/2012 Head of the Max Planck Institute’s Middle East and Central Asia Projects (projects in, among others, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan)

Since 2/2006 Head of the Afghanistan project of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (since 1/2013: of the Max Planck Foundation), Heidelberg (Germany)

9/2005 Doctorate in Law (summa cum laude) at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (Germany) with a thesis on the evolution of transnational business law: “Rechtsbildung im wirtschaftlichen ‘Weltverkehr’. Das Erdbeben von San Francisco und die internationale Standardisierung von Vertragsbedingungen (1871–1914)”, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Stolleis

5/2005 Second State Examination in Law, Kammergericht Berlin (Germany)

5/2000–4/2003 Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of European Law, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

2/2000 First State Examination in Law, Kammergericht Berlin (Germany)

1994–2000 Studies of law, history and philosophy, Georg August University Göttingen (Germany) and  Humboldt University Berlin (Germany)