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  1. Aug. 6, 2020, Events

    The po­lice: Friend or Foe?

    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 bis 1:30 p.m.

  2. Aug. 4, 2020, In the press

    "Stricter laws are a sign of help­less­ness"

    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 ha...

  3. July 29, 2020, In the press

    Black­LivesMat­ter - What can the cur­rent US anti-ra­cist move­ment teach Europe?

    The "Black Lives Matter" movement in the United States has led to a series of solidarity rallies in Germany and throughout Europe. At the same time, new forms of anti-racism and anti-authoritarianism have developed in a kind of domino effect. In their essay "Black Lives Matter - What can the current US anti-racist movement teach Europe?" Katalin Parti and Gunda Wössner analyse the anti-racist m...

  4. July 21, 2020, In the press

    ZuRecht – Po­lice in an Open So­ci­ety

    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 Polize...

  5. July 17, 2020, In the press

    When Men Kill their Fe­male Part­ners

    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.

  6. June 30, 2020, In the press

    “One has to Fight for a Lib­er­al Po­lice Cul­ture”

    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 investig...

  7. June 29, 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 ...

  8. June 24, 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.

  9. June 19, 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 disc...

  10. June 18, 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 th...

  11. June 15, 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 i...

  12. May 28, 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 fo...

  13. May 19, 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.

  14. April 24, 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 Espion...

  15. April 6, 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, Fürste...

  16. April 6, 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...