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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. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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 …

  5. 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…

  6. 15 December 2020, Research news

    Crimes via Face­book & Co. now “Con­tent-Ori­ented” in­stead of “Me­di­um-Ori­ented” Of­fenses

    The German Bundestag has passed a new law that replaces the term “material” in the German Criminal Code with the term “content.” The change reflects a move to recognize the changing communication and media landscape – particularly the shift away from paper and outdated media carriers to modern communication channels such as social media platforms and live streaming. With the implementation of the…

  7. 10 December 2020, Research news

    “Alert Neigh­bors De­ter Burg­lars”

    Professional burglars quickly notice whether people in a residential area are on the alert or not. A virtual reality (VR) study conducted by criminologists at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law comes to this conclusion.

  8. 20 October 2020, Research news

    Liv­ing To­geth­er and Liv­ing Safely in Times of Corona

    On October 19, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law launched a survey of several thousand citizens in a total of 140 residential areas in Cologne and Essen. The research team headed by Professor Dietrich Oberwittler aims to gain new insights into coexistence and security in metropolitan residential areas and is asking the randomly selected residents to fill out a 12-p…

  9. 21 September 2020, Research news

    Re­de­fin­ing Money Laun­der­ing

    The Federal Ministry of Justice recently presented a new draft criminal law designed to better combat money laundering. While the draft met with approval on some fronts, numerous points of criticism were raised by money laundering investigators and private enterprise. In his response to the draft, Senior Researcher Benjamin Vogel criticizes the fact that the proposed reworking of the definition o…

  10. 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 …

  11. 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…

  12. 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…