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Human Rights Month

Human Rights day is observed every year on the 10th of December, marking the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

The Declaration was first signed on 10th December 1948, making this year its 70th anniversary. We’re marking this important moment in global history with our Human Rights Countdown Calendar, featuring content from the 
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law and the Max Planck Encylopedia of Public International Law, in addition to chapters from some of our leading human rights law titles. 


Including topics such as reproductive rights, education, housing, and the right to a fair trial, our calendar offers valuable insight into human rights around the world. Check back each day to see what has been made available to read.

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The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law is overseen by editors Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Dr. Frauke Lachenmann (Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law), and Prof. Dr. Rainer Grote (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law).

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December 1, 2018

Celebrate Human Rights Month with our calendar

Explore new articles daily throughout December.

November 27, 2018

November 2018 Update

Four new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 165.

October 22, 2018

October 2018 Update

Five new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 161.

September 20, 2018

September 2018 Update

Eight new articles have been added to MPECCoL, taking the total to 156.