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  1. 7 July 2021, Research news

    Vir­tu­al Pub Vis­it for Re­search Pur­poses

    What influence do emotions have on our decisions? Are we more likely to commit an aggressive act when we are angry? What motivates us to intervene when we witness someone being victimized? A team of researchers led by Freiburg criminologist Jean-Louis van Gelder is investigating these and other questions.

  2. 2 July 2021, People in the news

    Willem Franken­huis Re­ceives HBES “Early Ca­reer Award”

    Willem Frankenhuis is the 2021 recipient of the Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES). The Early Career Award recognizes excellent young scientists who have made distinguished theoretical and/or empirical contributions to the study of evolution and human behavior. Frankenhuis’ achievements were honored during the closing …

  3. 25 June 2021, Research news

    Max Planck So­ci­ety’s Year­book High­lights Pub­lished

    Each year, the Max Planck Society presents a scientific report on its research activities in the form of a yearbook ‒ as an account to the public and its funding providers. Fifteen contributions that are particularly relevant and interesting to the general public have been chosen as research highlights. One particular research focus has been on the theory and practice of COVID-19 control and prev…

  4. 23 June 2021, People in the news

    Otto Hahn Medal for Daniel Burke

    Daniel Burke, a doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, has been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal for his research on antitrust leniency policies in German criminal law. The prize is awarded for his doctoral dissertation “Der Schutz kartell­recht­licher Kronzeugen vor strafrechtlicher Sanktion – Eine Untersuchung zu Notwendigkeit und Gestaltung…

  5. 21 June 2021, In the press

    Ger­many’s In­tel­li­gence Ser­vices to Use Re­mote Forensic Soft­ware

    Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, has passed the “Gesetz zur Anpassung des Verfas­sungs­schutzrechts” (law amending the Act on the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution). According to this amendment, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Federal Police are allowed to make use of so-called source telecommunication surveillance. This basically…

  6. 7 June 2021, Research news

    Teen­agers have bet­ter things to do than crime, study re­veals

    Juvenile delinquency has steadily declined over the past two decades, and the fact that young people have changed their activity habits is the main reason the decrease has occurred, shows a unique study by researchers at Malmö University and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law.

  7. 27 May 2021, In the press

    Quan­ti­fy­ing Sur­veil­lance

    Ever since the German Federal Consti­tu­tional Court made clear in 2010 that there must be limits to surveillance – including government surveillance –, the scientific community has been faced with a difficult task: How can surveillance be measured, and can it be measured quantitatively? Ralf Poscher, director at the Max Planck Institute, is spearheading a research project that aims to an…

  8. 25 May 2021, Events

    Cri­ti­cism Voiced Over Amend­ment to Bav­ari­an Law on Po­lice Du­ties

    In a hearing held on 18 May 2021, Ralf Poscher commented on the planned amendment of the Law on Police Duties in Bavaria. The law had already been reformed in 2018. The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and Alliance 90/The Greens (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN) in Bavaria filed constitutional complaints against it. The revised version of the law is now expected to be passed in July.

  9. 19 May 2021, In the press

    “Why Ger­many is Lag­ging be­hind in the Fight against Money Laun­der­ing”

    Non-transparent, poorly supervised, ineffectively prosecuted – according to a report by the radio station Deutsch­landfunk, Germany is considered a money laundering paradise. In the report, experts criticize that despite numerous legal reforms, conducting organized crime in Germany remains far too simple. For example, the supervision of real estate agents and notaries public is insufficient t…

  10. 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.