The work of the Foundation continues the activities of a group of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, which was started in 2002 under the overall management of Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum. Details of the projects carried out by the group over the past decade are accessible in the 10 Year Report.

With the Foundation's establishment, the responsibility for continuously increasing the content of the projects along with their ongoing geographic expansion falls upon several shoulders.

There are three Managing Directors who spearhead the Foundation's strategic development; they also manage projects in specific regions. Johannes Krusemark-Camin is responsible for South and Southeast Asia projects (namely Cambodia, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam). Dr Kathrin Maria Scherr is responsible for all projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (specifically Mali, Somalia and South Sudan) and Jordan. Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum manages projects in Morocco and Sudan. Legally qualified Heads of Projects and Research Fellows with culturally diverse backgrounds and region-specific experience implement the various projects. The Managing Directors and research staff are supported by the administration team and student assistants.