With emeritus professor Rüdiger Wolfrum as its general editor, this online database about Public International Law has been continuously extended since 2008. By now, it comprises more than 1.600 entries contributed by authors coming from 85 countries
The MPEPIL follows the tradition of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law (EPIL), which was published from 1981 until 1990 with emeritus professor Rudolf Bernhardt of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in charge. With a spectrum reaching from Environmental Law to International Humanitarian Law, from the Law of International Organisations to Human Rights, this database covers all major subjects of Public International Law. The authors – over 900 renowned legal experts from all over the world – not only display legal facts about the topics under investigation in a comprehensive manner, but also contribute to a profound understanding by sharing their own scholarly assessment of the subjects discussed.
Providing an up-to-date account of all relevant matters of Public International Law, the MPEPIL addresses scholars and practitioners alike. It offers innovative electronic possibilities for research. In 2013, it has been connected to the OPIL database platform of Oxford University Press (OUP), thereby allowing the reader access to additional OUP databases as well as to comprehensive full text inventories. Since spring 2014, the MPEPIL and its editorial management are part of the Max Planck Foundation.
For more information about MPEPIL please visit the MPEPIL page on our website or OPIL