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  1. 25 February 2021, Events

    “Sex Must be Vol­un­tary” – Guest Lec­ture on March 31

    Guest lecture by Linnea Wegerstad (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Lund University / Sweden) | Date, time: March 31, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Venue: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg, via Zoom | Zoom data, abstract, and short biography see below. Guests are welcome!

  2. 15 February 2021, Publications

    “Vic­tim­iz­a­tion and Its Con­sequences for Well-Be­ing”

    The article “Victimization and Its Consequences for Well-Being” by Heleen Janssen, Dietrich Oberwittler, and Göran Köber has been featured by Springer Nature in the report '2020's Research Highlights' as highly downloaded article in criminology. The Open Access-published article in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology has been accessed more than 6.400 times since it went online in January 2020…

  3. 5 February 2021, In the press

    “Pub­lic Sense of Se­cur­ity Im­proves”

    More than 90% of Baden-Württemberg’s residents would like to see more police officers in their state. This was the result of a recently published survey conducted by the Allensbach Institute on behalf of all daily newspapers in southwestern Germany. In an interview with the newspaper “Badische Zeitung,” criminologist Dietrich Oberwittler describes this as a “snapshot result.” Repeated surveys hav…

  4. 15 December 2020, Research news

    Crimes via Face­book & Co. now “Con­tent-Ori­ented” in­stead of “Me­di­um-Ori­ented” Of­fenses

    The German Bundestag has passed a new law that replaces the term “material” in the German Criminal Code with the term “content.” The change reflects a move to recognize the changing communication and media landscape – particularly the shift away from paper and outdated media carriers to modern communication channels such as social media platforms and live streaming. With the implementation of the…

  5. 10 December 2020, Research news

    “Alert Neigh­bors De­ter Burg­lars”

    Professional burglars quickly notice whether people in a residential area are on the alert or not. A virtual reality (VR) study conducted by criminologists at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law comes to this conclusion.

  6. 9 December 2020, In the press

    “The Op­pos­ite of a Well-Con­ceived Re­form”

    Criminal law experts delivered a scathing rebuke of a draft law to combat sexual violence against children. During a Bundestag hearing held on December 7, 2020, Tatjana Hörnle, director at the Max Planck Institute, commented that the large sections of the draft are “the exact opposite of a systematic, well-conceived reform.” While the draft addresses the outrage regarding these heinous crimes and…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…