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  1. June 29, 2020, Research news

    “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 ...

  2. June 16, 2020, Research news

    Min­istry of Justice Pub­lished Draft to Strengthen In­teg­rity in the Eco­nomy

    The Federal Ministry of Justice has released draft legislation to strengthen corporate integrity. At the behest of the Ministry, Cornelia Spörl, a PostDoc at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, has written an opinion piece on the draft. While she proposes a number of suggested alterations, Spörl is keen to advocate the draft legislation. Indeed, according to Spör...

  3. 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...

  4. May 28, 2020, Research news

    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...

  5. 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...

  6. March 4, 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 | J...