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  1. 21 April 2021, Publications

    Lit­er­at­ure on Ger­man Crim­in­al Law – LGCL

    Out now: The LGCL database (Literature on German Criminal Law), provided and curated by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. Its purpose is to make English-language academic literature on German criminal law more visible to the international community of scholars and students of criminal law.

  2. 14 April 2021, Events

    So­ci­olo­gic­al Ap­proaches to Leg­al The­ory

    Guest lecture by Prof. Brian Tamanaha (John S. Lehmann University Professor, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis) | Date, time: April 28, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Venue: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg, via Zoom– in cooperation with 'Institut für Staatswissenschaft & Rechtsphilosophie', University of Freiburg –

  3. 12 April 2021, Research news

    De­vel­op­ment of a Peri­od­ic Sur­veil­lance Ba­ro­met­er for Ger­many

    Germany needs an overview of its surveillance laws. In its 2010 ruling on data retention, the German Federal Constitutional Court cautioned against taking an isolated view of the individual regulations on data retention/data access, as this approach would prospectively no longer be adequate for evaluating surveillance measures under constitutional law. The ensuing debate among legal scholars was …

  4. 29 March 2021, In the press

    “A Risk of be­ing Charged with and Sen­tenced for In­ten­tion­al Hom­icide”

    The German Ethics Council discussed triage decisions under pandemic conditions in an online evening panel with external experts. In particular, the discussion focused on the fundamental ethical and legal conflicts that arise in triage situations. Among the guests were Tatjana Hörnle (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law), Christoph Rehmann-Sutter (Lübeck University), and …

  5. 24 March 2021, In the press

    Triage in the Pan­dem­ic

    What happens when two patients equally need urgent medical assistance but the resources available are only enough for one of them? Numerous medical associations and scientific bodies in Germany provide advice on how to proceed in such situations, albeit in the form of non-binding ethical recommendations. In an interview with “Der Spiegel” Tatjana Hörnle explains what a triage law should include…

  6. 12 March 2021, In the press

    Fem­i­cide in Ger­many

    In Germany, there is currently no femicide category in crime statistics to record the intentional killing of women or girls. Some experts on the matter, including MPI senior researcher Gunda Wössner, say this has to change if we are to truly understand the facts behind the crime.

  7. 11 March 2021, Publications

    Max Planck In­sti­tute for the Study of Crime, Se­cur­ity & Law Work­ing Pa­per Series

    We are pleased to announce that the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law (Freiburg/Germany) has started a new Law Research Centers Papers series within the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN): The MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF CRIME, SECURITY & LAW WORKING PAPER SERIES edited by Tatjana Hörnle, Ralf Poscher, and Jean-Louis van Gelder, the directors of the Institute.

  8. 10 March 2021, Events

    Polit­ic­al Free Speech or Hate Speech? – Video

    The debate over differences in U.S. and European speech rights is a perennial issue. But, the emergence of private social media platforms – and their dominance – has given the issue a new dimension and a new sense of urgency.

  9. 8 March 2021, Publications

    What if Crime no Longer Ex­is­ted?

    Journalist and book author Christoph Koch posed the following question to criminologist Dietrich Oberwittler: “What would happen if there were no more crime?” Many things in everyday life would be easier and our quality of life would improve, but we would also lose what makes us tick: our freedom of choice. The book „Was wäre, wenn ...“ [“What if ...”] offers food for thought in 33 scenarios and …

  10. 5 March 2021, Publications

    „Triage in der Pandemie“ [“Triage in the Pan­dem­ic”]

    In a pandemic, such as the one caused by Covid-19, it may not be possible to provide intensive care to all those who become seriously ill. This calls for rules that afford legal certainty when unavoidable selection decisions need to be made. The present edited volume serves as a forum for an array of legal positions and analyzes controversial arguments.

  11. 4 March 2021, Research news

    Reg­u­la­tions on Elec­tron­ic Ankle Tags in Line with Ger­man Ba­sic Law

    The statutory provisions on electronic monitoring of dangerous persons (“ankle tag”) are compatible with German Basic Law. This was made clear by the Federal Constitutional Court in its decision of 1 December 2020. This type of monitoring encroaches deeply on the right to informational self-determination and the overall personal rights of the persons concerned. However, since the restrictions ser…

  12. 2 March 2021, People in the news

    Gunda Wöss­ner Joins the European Com­mit­tee for the Pre­ven­tion of Tor­ture and In­hu­man or De­grad­ing Treat­ment or Pun­ish­ment

    Gunda Wössner, senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, has been elected as German member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (2021-2025). Dr. Wössner, who holds a doctorate in psychology, has been conducting research on sexual and violent crime for decades and is a recognized exper…