Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and LawThe 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.
Meet the Researchers
We mourn the loss of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Albin Eser, M.C.J. (NYU), former director at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International ...
“MAXLab Freiburg is at the forefront of a movement to use VR technology to understand, deter, and prevent crime”, writes US journalist Jacob Kushner ...
eucrim is an online journal that offers a Europe-wide platform for European criminal law and invites both practitioners and academics to engage in ...
Guest lecture by Prof. Dr. em. Richard Wilkinson, FFPH | Date, time: Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 5–7 p.m. | Venue: Max Planck Institute for the ...
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Kartalova, S. (2023). Ambiguity in EU Law: a Linguistic and Legal Analysis. New York: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781003294870
Rigoni, C. (2023). Honour-based violence and forced marriages: community and restorative practices in Europe. Abingdon: Routledge.
Poscher, R. (2022). Proporcionalidade e a vinculação dos Direitos Fundamentais | Proportionality and the Bindingness of Fundamental Rights. Revista de Direitos Humanos e Desenvolvimento Social, 3, e227090. doi:10.24220/2675-9160v3e2022a7090