Max Planck Society’s Yearbook Highlights Published © MPG

Each year, the Max Planck Society presents a scientific report on its research activities in the form of a yearbook ‒ as an account to the public and its funding providers. Fifteen contributions that are particularly relevant and interesting to the general public have been chosen as research highlights. One particular research focus has been on the theory and practice of COVID-19 control and prevention. A contribution from Freiburg is again among the selected reports.


"The Dilemma of Triage." This is the title of a report on a project carried out last year at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law and which is now featured in the Max Planck Society's yearbook highlights.

The COVID­-19 pandemic has at times made it impossible to treat every patient with a life-threatening illness. There are no laws on triage. Which selection criteria – such as age or the likelihood of successful treatment – are appropriate and permissible, and who gets to determine them, is a highly controversial issue. What are the regulations in German constitutional and criminal law? Is ex-post triage a criminal offence? Criminal law professor Tatjana Hörnle explores these ethical and legal questions.

Yearbook Highlights (The Dilemma of Triage, p. 42)

Further reading:
Hörnle, T., Huster, S., & Poscher, R. (eds.). (2021). Triage in der Pandemie. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. doi:10.1628/978-3-16-160202-3