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  1. 29 June 2020, In the press

    “Sexu­al Of­fences Against Chil­dren Oc­cur in Vary­ing De­grees of Sever­ity”

    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…

  2. 24 June 2020, In the press

    “Con­front­ing Shame­ful Leg­acy Is Es­sen­tial Part of Po­lice Train­ing”

    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.

  3. 19 June 2020, Events

    City’s Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­it­ies also In­volved in Freiburg’s 2020 Ju­bilee

    „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…

  4. 18 June 2020, People in the news

    Otto Hahn Medal awar­ded to Filip Vo­jta

    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 …

  5. 15 June 2020, Research news

    Year­book High­lights of the Max Planck So­ci­ety

    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 …

  6. 28 May 2020, In the press

    Quar­ant­ine without Pro­tec­tion

    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 …

  7. 19 May 2020, In the press

    “Spit­ting with In­tent to Kill”

    Killing has rarely been easier than it is today. Droplets from speech, coughing, and spitting, all of which can be fatal. In a guest article in Legal Tribune Online (LTO), postdoc Cornelia Spörl explains when there is a conditional intent to kill - and when an infection means murder or manslaughter.

  8. 24 April 2020, Research news

    Eco­nom­ic and In­dus­tri­al Es­pi­on­age

    What distinguishes economic espionage from industrial espionage? What practical problems do affected companies face when they want to report actual or suspected espionage? These are just some of the questions raised by senior researcher Dr. Michael Kilchling in his article “Wirtschaftsspionage und Konkurrenzausspähung – Herausforderungen für Staat und Wirtschaft" [Economic and Industrial Espionag…

  9. 6 April 2020, Events

    Co­her­ently Idio­syn­crat­ic Sanc­tion Risk Per­cep­tions and De­terrence – Lec­ture CAN­CELLED

    Lecturer: Prof. Dan Nagin Ph.D. (Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University) | Date, time: May 6, 2020, 6:15 – 8 p.m. | Title: "Co­herent­ly Idio­syn­cra­tic Sanc­ti­on Risk Per­cep­ti­ons and De­ter­rence" | Lec­ture fol­lowed by light re­fresh­ments | Venue: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Fürstenb…

  10. 6 April 2020, In the press

    Di­lem­mas in the Al­loc­a­tion of Vent­il­at­ors

    What can be done when several people are at risk of dying and rescuers have to choose between options that do not save everyone? In moral philosophy, criminal law theory, and constitutional theory, such cases have mostly been discussed theoretically so far. However, given the prevalence of Covid-19 and a lack of ventilators, real cases could soon be the order of the day. A critical contribution b…

  11. 31 March 2020, In the press

    The Re­stric­tions on Move­ment in Ger­many may Lead to more Cases of Do­mest­ic Vi­ol­ence

    Cases of domestic violence could increase during the Corona crisis. The crisis could also have the effect, however, that women who suffer from domestic violence may now be more willing to get out of such relationships and seek help, says Hans-Jörg Albrecht, criminologist and retired director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, in an interview with Badische Zeitun…

  12. 30 March 2020, In the press

    New Faces, new Top­ics

    The Badische Zeitung reports on new faces, contemporary research projects, and practical challenges at the newly-reorganized Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law.

  13. 23 March 2020, In the press

    Corona Pan­dem­ic – Grow­ing In­terest in Loc­a­tion Data

    In the wake of the Corona pandemic, interest in location data for the purpose of tracking the movement of infected persons is growing in Germany and elsewhere. Possible scenarios include the development of an app – currently in progress at the Robert Koch Institute, according to media reports – and access to the data of large operating system providers, as is currently planned in the USA. Alongsi…

  14. 16 March 2020, People in the news

    In­sti­tute cur­rently closed

    The Institute is currently closed to external visitors. The library is also closed for daily visitors. Thank you for your understanding.

  15. 9 March 2020, In the press

    “No means No”

    Tatjana Hörnle, professor of criminal law and director at the MPI-CSL, discusses in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País why Germany reformed its sexual offense laws and what differentiates the German concept of “No means No” from the Spanish concept “sí es sí.”

  16. 4 March 2020, Research news

    New Areas of In­terest, New Name

    Following the appointment of three new directors, the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg is repositioning itself in the research landscape, a development reflected in its new name. From now on, this scientific institution will be known as the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. Photo f.l.t.r.: Ralf Poscher | Tatjana Hörnle | Jea…