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
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 ...
In her article in Perspectives on Psychological Science, doctoral researcher Margaret Webb summarizes her experience with Amazon Mechanical Turk ...
Guest lecture by Dr. Chile Eboe-Osuji, LL.M., PhD, DU (h.c.) (Toronto Metropolitan University, University of Windsor) | Date, time: Monday, October ...
eucrim is an online journal that offers a Europe-wide platform for European criminal law and invites both practitioners and academics to engage in ...
Contribution to a Collected edition
Siezenga, A., Van Gelder, J.-L., & (2022). What Works in the Digital Age? VR and Smartphone Applications for Forensic Psychology. In , , & (Eds.), Challenging Bias in Forensic Psychological Assessment and Testing: Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Working with Diverse Populations (pp. 130–157). Milton: Routledge.
Van Gelder, J.-L. (2022). Automated mobile virtual reality cognitive behavior therapy for aviophobia in a natural setting: a randomized controlled trial. Psychological Medicine, 1–10. doi:10.1017/ S0033291722003531, , , , , , &
Webb, M., & (2022). Too Good to Be True: Bots and Bad Data From Mechanical Turk. Perspectives on Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/17456916221120027
Fox, M. P., , & (2022). Entwined Life Events: The Effect of Parental Incarceration Timing on Children's Academic Achievement. Advances in Life Course Research, 100516. doi:10.1016/j.alcr.2022.100516
Kaiser, F., , & (2022). Differential updating and morality: Is the way offenders learn from police detection associated with their personal morals? European Journal of Criminology. doi:10.1177/14773708221128515