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.

The managing director Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum spearheads the strategic development of the Foundation and holds additional responsibility for projects in specific regions and for events dealing with overarching themes, such as legal pluralism. He is supported by Dr Kathrin Scherr who has conceptual and administrative responsibility for the region of Sub-Saharan Africa. Legally qualified research fellows with culturally diverse backgrounds and region-specific experience implement the various projects.