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.

The staff members of the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics.

The Shifting Border: Legal Cartographies of Migration & Mobility
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. more
Leibniz Prize 2019 for Ayelet Shachar
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. more
“Thinking through Uprootedness and Emplacement” - A summary by Derek Denman
Impressions of the conference "BORDERS, FENCES, FIREWALLS. Assessing the changing relationship of territory and institutions", October 19-20, 2017 at MPI-MMG, Göttingen
"The Law and Politics of Diversity"
Videos of the workshop "The Law and Politics of Diversity", December 16, 2016 at MPI-MMG, Göttingen
Opening Reception
Some photographic impressions of the Opening Reception of the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics, October 18, 2016 at MPI-MMG, Göttingen
"Selling Out the Political?: Perspectives from Law, Political Economy & Critical Theory"
Impressions of the first annual Goethe-Göttingen Critical Exchange "Selling Out the Political?: Perspectives from Law, Political Economy & Critical Theory", January 15, 2016 at MPI-MMG, Göttingen

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