21 September 2020, Research news
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18 September 2020, In the press
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.
14 September 2020, Events
Date, time: 09/24/2020, 19:15 p.m. | Language: German | Venue: Bibliothek im Herder-Gebäude, Hermann-Herder-Str. 4, 79104 Freiburg.
10 September 2020, Publications
eucrim is an online journal that offers a Europe-wide platform for European criminal law and invites both practitioners and academics to engage in discussion.
25 August 2020, In the press
Why does the recently presented draft law to improve the fight against money laundering miss its goal? In his Verfassungsblog post, senior researcher Benjamin Vogel argues in favor of a fundamental new criminal law approach.
12 August 2020, In the press
“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.
6 August 2020, Events
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.
4 August 2020, In the press
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 …
21 July 2020, In the press
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 …
17 July 2020, In the press
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.
30 June 2020, In the press
The police forces currently find themselves in the focus of public debate. This was triggered partly by the attacks on police officers in Stuttgart by rioting youths. For another part, police violence against blacks in the USA has also brought up the issue of racism in police work in Germany. Ralf Poscher, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law is investigat…
29 June 2020, In the press
If serious serial crimes involving child sexual abuse and the distribution of child pornographic images are detected, as was recently the case in Münster and Lügde, demands for a tightening of criminal law quickly follow. However, there is a discrepancy between public expectations and the scope for national legal policy, writes Tatjana Hörnle, director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of…
24 June 2020, In the press
Ralf Poscher, director of the Department of Public Law, told the New York Times that, after the Second World War, the Allies wanted to demilitarize and civilize police matters in Germany. More than seven decades later, that early ambition of demilitarization has morphed into a broad-based strategy of de-escalation that has become the bedrock of modern German policing.
19 June 2020, Events
„Strafraum“ or “Penalty Area” – this is the name of a project by the Freiburg Bürgerstiftung (citizens’ foundation) that will form part of the city’s 900-year jubilee. The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law will assist as a cooperation partner. The aim of the project is to make Freiburg’s correctional facilities more visible to the general public and to stimulate discus…
18 June 2020, People in the news
Filip Vojta was distinguished with the Max Planck Society’s Otto Hahn Medal on June 17, 2020. The jurist and criminologist received the award for his dissertation “Punishment and Sentence Enforcement for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Former Yugoslavia.” The dissertation focused on a comprehensive qualitative exploration of the system for enforcement of the …
15 June 2020, Research news
Every year, the Max Planck Society presents a scientific activity report in the form of the Yearbook as an account to the public and its funding agencies. The focus is on the questions: Where do we stand and where do we want to go? 15 articles that are particularly suitable and interesting for a non-specialist audience make it into the Highlights issue. This year, a contribution from Freiburg is …
28 May 2020, In the press
As would-be criminals heed stay-at-home orders, major cities across the globe have reported a significant drop in both property and violent crimes. The numbers of burglary, assault, murder, robbery, and grand larceny cases have dropped following the outbreak of the pandemic. This is due to the lack of opportunities, and the recognition that life is worth staying away from the public for. But for …
22 May 2020, Publications
Criminal Prohibition of Money Laundering as a Firewall to Protect Legitimate Businesses
What currently makes the authorities fail in their efforts to take down professional money launderers and complex money laundering schemes? Benjamin Vogel, head of the project “Ilicit financial flows,” calls for rethinking the prevailing criminal law approach.