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  1. 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.

  2. 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 …

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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.”

  9. 26 November 2019, In the press

    Sexu­al Of­fenses and Im­mig­ra­tion

    Tatjana Hörnle, professor of criminal law, discusses sexual offenses and immigration in an article for Focus Online (author: Göran Schattauer). Prof. Hörnle argues that current crime statistics should be taken seriously, but at the same time warns against their dramatization.

  10. 5 November 2019, In the press

    Spy­ing at Uni­versit­ies – Re­search Res­ults from Baden-Württem­berg in China?

    It is well known that companies can be spied on. Research institutions, on the other hand, are often not aware of this problem. However, universities and research institutes must also be prepared against possible (hacker) attacks, Dr. Michael Kilchling and Susanne Knickmeier from the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law told the "Stuttgarter Nachrichten".

  11. 17 July 2019, In the press

    „Im Na­men des Volkes – Jus­tiz vor dem Kollaps“

    A film by Rita Knobel-Ulrich about the discrepancy between jurisdiction and sense of justice. Among the lawyers interviewed is Prof. Hans-Jörg Albrecht, Head of the Department of Criminology at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law.