Miloš Vec


Miloš Vec (1966, Frankfurt) is Professor of European Legal and Constitutional History at Vienna University and a Permanent Fellow at the IWM. He received his Habilitation in Legal History, Philosophy of Law, Theory of Law, and Civil Law in 2005 from the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Until 2012 he worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt and taught at the Law Faculty there. He has also taught at the Universities of Bonn, Hamburg, Konstanz, Lyon, Tübingen, and Vilnius. His awards include: German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), 1989–1991; Otto Hahn Medal of Max-Planck-Society, 1997; Appointment as founding member of The Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina, 2000, Walter Kalkhof-Rose Memorial Award of the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, 2006; Academy Award of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2008; Fellow to the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study, WiKo), Berlin, in the academic year 2011/2012; UNIVIE Teaching Award 2015 of Vienna University. Miloš Vec has been an associate member of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Frankfurt University since 2013. His main research interests are the history of international law and multinormativity. Since 1989, Miloš Vec has also contributed to various publications as a free-lance journalist, particularly for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Fields of Research:

  • Multinormativity (Multinormativität): Entanglements between Legal and Non-Legal Normativities (Morality, Religion, Technical Standards, Social Customs/ Conventions/ Manners/ Fashion) – Coexistence, Cooperation, Competition, Conflict
  • History of International Law and International Relations
  • European Legal and Constitutional History
  • Regulatory Regimes: The Emergence of the Modern Interventionist State

Selected Publications:

Zeremonialwissenschaft im Fürstenstaat. Studien zur juristischen und politischen Theorie absolutistischer Herrschaftsrepräsentation, Frankfurt: V. Klostermann, 1998.

Die Spur des Täters. Methoden der Identifikation in der Kriminalistik (1879-1933), Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2002.

Recht und Normierung in der Industriellen Revolution. Neue Strukturen der Normsetzung in Völkerrecht, staatlicher Gesetzgebung und gesellschaftlicher Selbstnormierung, Frankfurt: V. Klostermann, 2006.

Der Campus-Knigge. Von Abschreiben bis Zweitgutachten, edited with Bettina Beer et al., München: C H Beck 2006, 2nd edition, 2008.

Les conflits entre peuples. De la résolution libre à la résolution imposée, co-edited with with Serge Dauchy, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2011.

Constructing International Law – The Birth of a Discipline, co-edited with Luigi Nuzzo Frankfurt: V. Klostermann, 2012.

Paradoxes of Peace in 19th Century Europe, co-edited with Thomas Hippler, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

The Transformation of Foreign Policy: Drawing and Managing Boundaries, co-edited with Andreas Fahrmeir and Gunther Hellmann, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

[Complete List of Publications]


International Law and Multinormativity

International law is only one system of rules next to other normative fields: its manifold and complex interactions with other normativities will be analyzed from the perspective of ‘multi-normativity’.
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The Transformation of Foreign Policy

The study of foreign policy is usually concerned with the interaction of states, which date back to the so-called “Westphalian system,” also the time at which modern “foreign policy” vocabulary was invented. Given the close semantic ties between the two, examining foreign policy in earlier as well as in later periods involves conceptual and terminological …
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Paradoxes of Peace in Nineteenth Century Europe

‘Peace’ is often simplistically assumed to be war’s opposite, and as such is not examined closely or critically idealized in the literature of peace studies, its crucial role in the justification of war is often overlooked. Starting from a critical view that the value of ‘restoring peace’ or ‘keeping peace’ is, and has been, regularly …
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Miloš Vec Becomes a New Permanent Fellow at the IWM

The IWM is pleased to announce that Miloš Vec, Professor of European Legal and Constitutional History at Vienna University, joined the IWM as Permanent Fellow in January 2016.
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