Guest Lectures

For our guest lecture series, we regularly invite renowned researchers from Germany and abroad to present their research and discuss its legal policy implications with us. We seek to feature lectures from the research areas represented by all three of the Institute’s departments, with a spectrum of topics ranging from criminal law theory, con­sti­tu­tion­al law, and security to philosophy of law and criminology. The lecture series focuses primarily on topics that are closely related to the Institute’s projects – spanning both empirical and theoretical research.

To enable as many people as possible to participate as audience members, the events typically take place in the afternoon or evening (at the moment exclusively in virtual form, due to the current pandemic situation). Wherever possible, lectures are recorded and made available in video podcast format on this page.

Past guest lectures with videos & more

Michael Light, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison): Noncitizen Justice: The Criminal Case Processing of non-U.S. Citizens in Texas and California

Guest lecture on June 30, 2021


Dr. Rita Vavra (Richterin am LG München): Täuschungen als Eingriffe in die sexuelle Selbstbestimmung: (Wann) sollten sexuelle Täuschungen strafbar sein?

Guest lecture on July 14, 2021


Prof. Dr. Geert Keil (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Beweisstandards, Fehlbarkeit und zweifelsfreie Überzeugungen

Guest lecture on September 15, 2021


Guest lecture on October 20, 2021


Dr. Antje du Bois-Pedain (Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge): Outcome Responsibility and Offence Paradigms

Guest lecture on November 17, 2021


Prof. Dr. Dr. Dietmar von der Pfordten (Lehrstuhl für Rechts- & Sozialphilosophie an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen): Recht als Vermittlung – unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Rechtssicherheit

Guest lecture on December 15, 2021


Past Guest Lectures


Prof. Brian Tamanaha (John S. Lehmann University Professor, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis): Sociological Approaches to Legal Theory

Guest lecture on April 28, 2021 via Zoom   |   Abstract    |    Video
– in cooperation with 'Institut für Staatswissenschaft & Rechtsphilosophie', University of Freiburg –



Prof. Shaul Shalvi (Amsterdam School of Economics): Collaborative Dishonesty – A Meta-Study

Guest lecture on April 12, 2021 via Zoom   |    Abstract


Dr. Linnea Wegerstad (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Lund University / Sweden): “Sex Must be Voluntary” – Sexual Communication and the New Definition of Rape in Sweden

Guest lecture on March 31, 2021 via Zoom   |    Abstract   |   Video


Dr. Tom Langerhans (judge, Berlin): Das strafrechtliche Doppeleheverbot – § 172 StGB im Spannungs­verhält­nis von Kultur und Strafrecht

Guest lecture on January 27, 2021 via Zoom   |    Abstract    |    Video


Dr. Leonard Hoeft (Research Fellow, MPI for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn): Experimental Jurisprudence? The Internal Point of View in the Laboratory

Guest lecture on November 25, 2020 via Zoom   |   Presentation


Prof. em. Dr. Klaus F. Röhl (Emeritus des Lehrstuhls für Rechtssoziologie und Rechtsphilosophie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Ge­gen­be­grif­fe, Di­cho­to­mi­en und Al­ter­na­ti­ven in der Ju­rispru­denz

Guest lecture on January, 22, 2020   |   Venue: University of Freiburg   |   Abstract


Prof. Dr. Alec D. Wa­len (Rut­gers School of Arts and Sciences, Pro­fes­sor für Recht, Phi­lo­so­phie und Straf­rechts­pfle­ge): The Me­cha­nics of Claims and Per­mis­si­ble Kil­ling in War

Guest lecture on November, 27, 2019   |   Abstract   |   Video