Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
About the department
The new Department of Ethics, Law and Politics, directed by Ayelet Shachar, was established in July 2015. The Department’s thematic focus is the study of citizenship, migration and diversity from the joint perspectives of law and political theory. The research agenda is informed by the search for answers to cutting-edge theoretical, ethical and legal puzzles; comparative approaches, inter-disciplinary inquiry and international collaboration are strongly encouraged.
In her remarkably timely new book, Ayelet Shachar analyzes the return of borders & their radical transformation. Essential for understanding government responses to people on the move, Shachar's vivid description, analytical precision and reasoned persuasion combine to challenge conventional wisdoms about "borders" and how they work. The result: exceptional insights into how migration control can be more just. The Shifting Border offers an indispensable roadmap to immigration and refugee debates all around the world.
Ayelet Shachar, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity (MPI MMG), has been awarded the 2019 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for her groundbreaking work on citizenship and the legal frameworks of multicultural societies. Awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Leibniz Prize is Germany’s most prestigious research award.