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The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law is part of the Max Planck Society for the Advance­ment of Science – one of the world’s most distinguished research organizations. The high level of its fundamental re­search is reflected not least in the 30 Nobel Prizes awarded to Max Planck scientists since the Society was founded in 1948. The Institute was established in 2019 as the successor institute to the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Inter­na­tional Criminal Law and aims to become a leading European research center.

Early career researchers benefit from close supervision and mentoring by world leaders in their respective fields. Our Institute offers unrivalled conditions, including access to rare specialist libraries and databases; excellent work spaces; and administrative, academic, and pastoral support. Importantly, researchers receive generous funding contracts for the entire duration of their research. The working language is English, and knowledge of German is not an essential require­ment for application. Additionally, there are many opportunities for our researchers to participate in conferences, semi­nars, and workshops as well as to instigate projects and initiatives with researchers from partner institutes.

The Institute, with its 150 employees, is located in Freiburg im Breisgau, a dynamic university city with a 900-year his­tory. The city in the trinational border region (Germany, Switzerland, and France) impresses newcomers with its high quality of life and international flair. Freiburg ranks third on Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2022” list of the top ten city destinations in the world.

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