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
Doctoral Researcher Lukas Landerer has embarked on a new challenge: he is joining the Freiburg-based law firm W2K as a lawyer.
Max Planck researcher Isabel Thielmann from Freiburg is the recipient of the William Stern Award. The prize is awarded to outstanding young ...
Sophie-Marie Humbert, former doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Law, received an award for the best doctoral thesis in the field of ...
Max Planck researcher Federica Coppola has accepted an appointment to teach law at IE Law School in Madrid. Starting in September, she will teach ...
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