The Institute consists of three research departments: Criminology, Public Law, and Criminal Law. The Department of Criminol­ogy focuses on theory development and the application of novel technologies to study crime and offender rehabilitation, and seeks to connect theory, innovative methods, and technology to policy and practice. The Department of Public Law deals with fundamental questions of constitutional and administrative law based on public security law. It investigates how the legal system can respond to dangers in order to prevent criminal offences and other damage. The Department of Criminal Law conducts re­search into the fundamentals of criminal law, prohibition norm, and criminal penalties in the context of globalization, migration, and the social and cultural fragmentation of societies. The Institute's focus is on basic research, as well as on application re­search due to its interdisciplinary legal, social science and psychological research approach.

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 Department of Criminol­ogy focuses on theory development and the application of novel technologies to study crime and offender rehabilitation, and seeks to connect theory, innovative methods, and technology to policy and practice. The Department of Public Law deals with fundamental questions of constitutional and administrative law based on public security law. It investigates how the legal system can respond to dangers in order to prevent criminal offences and other damage. The Department of Criminal Law conducts re­search into the fundamentals of criminal law, prohibition norm, and criminal penalties in the context of globalization, migration, and the social and cultural fragmentation of societies. The Institute's focus is on basic research, as well as on application re­search due to its interdisciplinary legal, social science and psychological research approach.

Departments

Criminology

Projects

Public Law

Projects

Criminal Law

Projects

Space, Contexts, and Crime

Independent Research Group

Call for Papers

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News & Bulletins

Interpretationen als Hypothese

October 11, 2021

Guest lecture by Prof. i. R. Dr. Bernhard Schlink (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) | Date, time: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, 7:15 p.m. | Venue ...

“Unterwegs in Kriminologie und Strafrecht ‒ Exploring the World of Crime and Criminology”

September 23, 2021

On his 70th birthday, Professor Hans-Jörg Albrecht ‒ director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute – was presented with a commemorative publication in ...

Evidentiary Standards, Human Fallibility, and Conviction Beyond Reasonable Doubt

September 16, 2021

Guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Geert Keil (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) | Date, time: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, 6:15 p.m. | Venue: Lecture room 1010 ...

DOING TIME, TALKING CRIME

September 14, 2021

Why do people commit crime? What role do individual predispositions and environmental factors play? How safe do we feel? How can criminal policy meet ...

Events

Culpability, Consciousness, and Carrying on Regardless

Oct 18, 2021 13:00 - 14:30
online

Interpretationen als Hypothesen

Oct 20, 2021 19:00 c.t.
79098 Freiburg, Dreisamstr. 3, Room: Paulussaal | Guests are welcome!

Loss of Control: (un) acceptable emotions?

Nov 1, 2021 13:00 - 14:30
online

Lab Experiments – An Overlooked Tool in the Box of Criminology

Nov 10, 2021 16:00
Seminar room (F 113) Fürstenbergstr. 19 | Guests are welcome!

Recent Publications

Journal Article
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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Coca Vila, I. (2021). La pena de multa en serio: Reflexiones sobre su dimensión y aseguramiento aflictivos a través del delito de quebrantamiento de condena (art. 468 CP). InDret: Revista para el Análisis del Derecho, 2021(3), 69–99. doi:10.31009/InDret.2021.i3.03
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Coppola, F. (2021). We are More Than our Executive Functions: on the Emotional and Situational Aspects of Criminal Responsibility and Punishment. Criminal Law, Philosophy, 2021. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-E979-A
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