- Criminal Procedure Law
- Human Rights Law
- International Criminal Law
- National Prosecution of International Crimes
- International Max Planck Information System for Comparative Criminal Law
Johanna Rinceanu was born in Bucarest (Romania). She moved to Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) in 1977. After her final secondary-school examinations in 1993 in Freiburg, she studied law at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg. During her studies, she worked (1996–1998) as a research assistant at the Institute of Public Law V for Professor Dr. Friedrich Schoch at the Albert Ludwigs University. In 1998, she finished her studies successfully with the First State Examination. In the same year, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States. In 1998 and 1999, she studied at the George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C., USA. After obtaining her LL.M. in international law, Johanna Rinceanu worked (1999–2000) as a consultant at The World Bank, Legal Department, Office of the Senior Vice President & Former General Counsel Dr. Ibrahim F. I. Shihata, Washington D.C. She completed her Legal Clerkship (Referendariat, 2000–2002) at the Oberlandesgericht Zweibrücken (Germany) and successfully passed her Second State Examination in 2002. Johanna Rinceanu completed her doctorate at the Humboldt University in Berlin with a dissertation entitled International Criminal Law in Romania.
From 2002 to 2008, Johanna Rinceanu worked as a researcher and senior researcher and from 2009 to 2020 as head of the section Romania at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg. From 2003 to 2020 she was also guest coordinator of the Criminal Law Department at the Institute. Since March 2020, the Institute has been renamed the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law and has been scientifically reoriented. Since then, Johanna Rinceanu has been working as a senior researcher and is also responsible for international relations. From 2018 to 2021 Johanna Rinceanu was elected representative of the academic staff at the Institute. She was deputy women’s representative and deputy equal opportunity commissioner from November 2005 to November 2008. As of the winter semester 2007/2008 she is lecturer at the University of Freiburg. Since 2002, Johanna Rinceanu has worked as an attorney in Freiburg with a focus on criminal law and human rights law. Besides German and Romanian, Johanna Rinceanu speaks fluent English, Italian, and French.