Economic and Industrial Espionage © Anna Schaich

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 Espionage – Challenges for the State and Economy], which recently appeared in the journal Zeitschrift für das Gesamte Sicherheitsrecht.


The regulation and control of economic and industrial espionage is a major challenge. One reason for this is that the law differentiates between ‘classic’ economic espionage and industrial espionage. Consequently, depending on the type of crime involved, different authorities are responsible for the investigation and prosecution of the alleged or suspected espionage.

The contribution is part of the overarching WISKOS project, which studies economic and industrial espionage in Germany and Europe. Further information can be found at wiskos.de/en.

  • Michael Kilchling: Wirtschaftsspionage und Konkurrenzausspähung – Herausforderungen für Staat und Wirtschaft [Economic and Industrial Espionage – Challenges for the State and Economy]. Zeitschrift für das Gesamte Sicherheitsrecht (GSZ) 2020, issue 2, pp. 57-62. [More]


Further information see also website in German.