“The Opposite of a Well-Conceived Reform”

Criminal law experts delivered a scathing rebuke of a draft law to combat sexual violence against children. During a Bundestag hearing held on December 7, 2020, Tatjana Hörnle, director at the Max Planck Institute, commented that the large sections of the draft are “the exact opposite of a systematic, well-conceived reform.” While the draft addresses the outrage regarding these heinous crimes and proposes selective amendments, it does so without taking the overarching view of the law on sexual offenses into account. Criticism was also raised by numerous other experts, including researchers and legal practitioners. A report by the Legal Tribune Online summarizes the key findings of these experts.