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  1. 4 December 2020, People in the news

    Equal Op­por­tun­it­ies and the Bal­an­cing of Fam­ily and Ca­reer

    Maja Werner, Carolin Hillemanns, and Jelena Schulz are the new Gender Equality Officers at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. Their tasks are to promote and foster balanced employment and ensure equal opportunities for both genders. They are committed to helping employees balance career and family life. At the Institute, the Gender Equality Officers are involved in…

  2. 3 November 2020, People in the news

    Ad­miss­ib­il­ity of Elec­tron­ic Evid­ence in Crim­in­al Pro­ceed­ings

    Lorena Bachmaier Winter, professor of Justice Systems at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and long-standing guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, has been appointed by the European Law Institute (ELI) as director of an international research project on the admissibility of electronic evidence in criminal proceedings in the European Union. This…

  3. 26 October 2020, In the press

    The Mean­ing and Pur­pose of Data Pro­tec­tion

    What do we want to protect with the right to informational self-determination? In an interview with Corona Constitutional, the podcast of the Verfassungsblog (constitutional blog), Ralf Poscher talks about surveillance in the digital space, the right to data protection and privacy, and the potential dangers of mass surveillance. One of the background issues is the federal government's planned int…

  4. 20 October 2020, Research news

    Liv­ing To­geth­er and Liv­ing Safely in Times of Corona

    On October 19, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law launched a survey of several thousand citizens in a total of 140 residential areas in Cologne and Essen. The research team headed by Professor Dietrich Oberwittler aims to gain new insights into coexistence and security in metropolitan residential areas and is asking the randomly selected residents to fill out a 12-p…

  5. 1 October 2020, Events

    „Kön­nte alles an­ders sein?“ – Al­tern­at­ives to Pris­on and Pre­ven­tion

    As part of the city of Freiburg’s 900-year anniversary, the panel discussion „Könnte alles anders sein? – Alternativen zum Strafvollzug und Prävention“ (“Could it all be Different? – Alternatives to Prison and Prevention”) was organized by the Freiburg Bürgerstiftung in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. The event took place on 24 September and the…

  6. 25 September 2020, Events

    Go-Ahead for a New European Ap­proach to Counter Il­leg­al Fin­an­cial Flows

    On 30 September, the European Commission will hold a high-level conference to discuss options for the fundamental reorganization of the legal framework against money laundering and terrorist financing. Delegates will include representatives from the European Parliament, numerous European and national authorities, as well as the private sector. The aim is to present a new legislative proposal by e…

  7. 21 September 2020, Research news

    Re­de­fin­ing Money Laun­der­ing

    The Federal Ministry of Justice recently presented a new draft criminal law designed to better combat money laundering. While the draft met with approval on some fronts, numerous points of criticism were raised by money laundering investigators and private enterprise. In his response to the draft, Senior Researcher Benjamin Vogel criticizes the fact that the proposed reworking of the definition o…

  8. 18 September 2020, In the press

    “New Ideas in the Fight against Money Laun­der­ing”

    The coronavirus pandemic has encouraged the growth of organized crime in Germany. However, according to Dr. Benjamin Vogel and Dr. Clara Rigoni (senior researchers at the MPI-CSL), effective tools for law enforcement are lacking. This has to change.

  9. 12 August 2020, In the press

    “Strong Trust in Po­lice Des­pite Ra­cism Ac­cus­a­tions”

    “The Police: Friend or Foe?” This was the motto of a digital lunchtime discussion hosted by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Südbaden on August 10. Armin Schuster (Member of Parliament from Lörrach) and Ralf Poscher (Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg) were invited to exchange views.

  10. 6 August 2020, Events

    The Po­lice: Friend or Foe?

    with Armin Schuster (Member of the German Parliament) and Prof. Ralf Poscher, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law | Monday, 10 August 2020 | 12:30 until 1:30 p.m.

  11. 4 August 2020, In the press

    “Stricter Laws are a Sign of Help­less­ness”

    In Germany, a number of child abuse cases have dominated the headlines in recent months. Amidst calls for harsher punishment for the perpetrators, the Federal Ministry of Justice presented initial reform proposals at the beginning of July. But what effect could stricter laws have? Tatjana Hörnle, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, is sceptical. She has …

  12. 21 July 2020, In the press

    ZuRecht – Po­lice in an Open So­ci­ety

    After George Floyd’s death, thousands of citizens across the United States and Europe took to the streets to protest against racism and police violence. One topic that has repeatedly been discussed in the context of these protests concerns the role of diversity, discrimination, and racism in both police training and everyday police work. Starting in autumn 2019, the project ZuRecht - Die Polizei …

  13. 17 July 2020, In the press

    “When Men Kill their Fe­male Part­ners”

    The numbers of femicides have remained consistently high over the past years. One thing all perpetrators have in common is patriarchal ideas and an extreme image of masculinity, says Bayerischer Rundfunk, which cites Gunda Wössner, criminal psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law.