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.


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