Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law

The Institute consists of three research departments: Criminology, Public Law, and Criminal Law. The interdisciplinary Depart­ment of Criminology conducts cutting-edge longitudinal, experimental, and spatial research and aims to push the boundaries of theory development. The research program focuses on the role of individual dispositions and environmental fac­tors as they relate to crime and the application of novel technologies, such as virtual reality, to deepen our understanding of crim­i­nal decision-making and offender rehabilitation. The Department of Public Law concentrates on fun­damental ques­tions of con­sti­tu­tional and administrative law with an emphasis on public security law. It investigates how the legal system can optimize its response to risks, dangers, and threats in order to prevent the occurrence of criminal of­fenses and other kinds of harm. Research­ers in the Department of Criminal Law explore the foundations of criminal law, with special emphasis on the principles of crimi­nal­i­za­tion, the assessment of wrongs, and sentencing. Their interests extend beyond cur­rent national and international law and focus on how legal rules and criminal justice systems should develop in contemporary societies with increasing political, social, and cultural fragmentation.



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News & Bulletins

What influence do emotions have on our decisions? Are we more likely to commit a criminal act when we are angry? A team of researchers led by Freiburg ...

eucrim is an online journal that offers a Europe-wide platform for European criminal law and invites both practitioners and academics to engage in ...

On November 4, Dr. Michael Kilchling, Senior Researcher in the Department of Public Law, was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Pécs ...

Guest lecture by Dr. Antje du Bois-Pedain (Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge) | Date, time: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, 6:15 p.m. | ...


Norwegian Criminal Insanity Law (external event)

Dec 3, 2021 10:00 - 15:30
Online, University of Bergen, Room: Auditorium 3

Recht als Vermittlung – unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Rechtssicherheit

Dec 15, 2021 18:00
Freiburg, Fürstenbergstr. 19, Room: Seminar room (F 113) | Guests are welcome!

Living safely in the city of the future

New date: Oct 26, 2022 (originally: Oct 13, 2021)
Oct 26, 2022
Karl Storz Visitor and Training Centre, Berlin

Recent Publications

Journal Article
Hörnle, T. (2021). Good Scientific Practice and Academic Reviews. Criminal Law Forum. doi:10.1007/s10609-021-09424-2
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Slogsnat, F. (2021). Ne bis in idem: Legitimität und verfassungsrechtliche Zulässigkeit einer Erweiterung der Wiederaufnahmegründe zuungunsten des Beschuldigten durch das Gesetz zur Herstellung materieller Gerechtigkeit. Zeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft, 133(3), 741–776. doi:10.1515/zstw-2021-0028
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Coca Vila, I. (2021). El pago de los gastos de defensa jurídica y las penas de multa impuestas a un directivo como delito de administración desleal (art. 252 CP). La Ley: Compliance Penal, (6), 1–23. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-4912-1
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Troost, A. A., van Ham, M., & Janssen, H. J. (2021). Modelling Neighbourhood Effects in Three Dutch Cities Controlling for Selection. Appl. Spatial Analysis. doi:10.1007/s12061-021-09411-5
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Hörnle, T. (2021). Evaluating #MeToo: The Perspective of Criminal Law Theory. German Law Journal, 22(Special Issue 5), 833–846. doi:10.1017/glj.2021.34
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Nieuwenhuis, J., Kleinepier, T., Janssen, H. J., & van Ham, M. (2021). Neighbourhood deprivation and the Big Five personality traits: associations with adolescent problem behaviour and educational attainment. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. doi:10.1007/s10901-021-09876-3
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