Otto Hahn Medal for Daniel Burke © privat

Daniel Burke, a doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, has been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal for his research on antitrust leniency policies in German criminal law. The prize is awarded for his doctoral dissertation “Der Schutz kartell­recht­licher Kronzeugen vor strafrechtlicher Sanktion – Eine Untersuchung zu Notwendigkeit und Gestaltung einer Kronzeugenregelung im deutschen Kartellstrafrecht“.

The dissertation identifies and successfully analyses existing coherence deficits in German criminal law regarding the protection of anti-trust leniency applicants from criminal prosecution for offences disclosed to the anti-trust authority in administrative offence law leniency applications. It develops a reform proposal for a criminal immunity provision - never losing sight of its specific particularities - in order to resolve the existing problems while also addressing the limits imposed by fundamental principles of German constitutional and criminal law. This outstanding dissertation also takes into account principles of behavioral economics and benefits from a relevant comparative analysis of the legal situation in the USA.

Each year, the Max Planck Society honors young scientists for outstanding achievements in their doctoral work. The recipient of the Otto Hahn Medal receives 7500 euros in recognition. The award is intended to motivate talented young individuals to pursue a future university or research career. It is named after the German chemist and Nobel laureate Otto Hahn (1879-1968), who was president of the Max Planck Society from 1948 to 1960.

Burke, D. (2020). Schutz kartellrechtlicher Kronzeugen vor strafrechtlicher Sanktion : eine Untersuchung zu Notwendigkeit und Gestaltung einer Kronzeugenregelung im deutschen Kartellstrafrecht (Vol. S 170) Schriftenreihe des Max-Planck-Instituts für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht : Strafrechtliche Forschungsberichte. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot.