Dr. Johanna Rinceanu, LL.M. (Washington, D.C.)

Senior Researcher

Main Focus

  • Criminal Procedure Law
  • Hu­man Rights Law
  • In­ter­na­tion­al Crim­in­al Law
  • Na­tion­al Pro­sec­u­tion of In­ter­na­tion­al Crimes
  • In­ter­na­tion­al Max Planck In­form­a­tion Sys­tem for Com­par­at­ive Crim­in­al Law

Curriculum Vitae

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.


The project “NetzDG and Human Rights” addresses the regulatory framework and the detrimental effects on human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Act to Improve Enforcement of the Law in Social Networks (Network En­force­ment Act, NetzDG), which entered into force on October 1, 2017, and its recent amendment by the Act to Combat Right-Wing Extremism and Hate… more

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