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  1. Criminology, Completed

    The Crim­in­al­iz­a­tion of Copy­right Law: A Com­par­at­ive Ana­lys­is of Ger­many and the United States

    Project Lead: Esther Tabitha Earbin

    This doctoral project explores relationships, interests and legitimacy in the culture of criminal lawmaking. The thesis holds that criminal copyright law in the United States gives more weight to private actors and public interests versus a fair balancing of public and private interests in German criminal copyright policy, and while each approach pertains to the political and cultural ideologies …

  2. Criminology, Dissertation, Departmental project, Completed

    Rees­tab­lish­ing Nor­mal­ity

    Project Lead: Gunda Wössner, Kira-Sophie Gauder

    The project investigates life-courses and reentry-processes after prison release. It provides an insight into the social reality and lifeworld of released sex offenders, focusing on reentry and efforts to reestablish a so-called “normal” life.

  3. Criminology, Research project, Departmental project, Completed

    The Trans­ition from To­tal­it­ari­an­ism to the Rule of Law

    Project Lead: Hans-Jörg Albrecht, Eliko Ciklauri-Lammich

    This project on the development of criminal policy and criminal law in the countries of the former Soviet Union is closely connected to the Institute’s long-running German-Soviet colloquia on criminal law and criminology, as well as numerous national and international meetings that have occurred in the years since the end of the Cold War. It is hoped that the current project will not only explain…

  4. Criminology, Completed

    The Role of In­di­vidu­als in Com­pli­ance Pro­grams

    Project Lead: Ruiheng Yuning

    The project conducts comparative research between the USA and Germany on compliance program regimes in order to determine how such programs can best be implemented in China at both, a legislative and practice level.

  5. Criminology, Completed

    European Journ­al for Se­cur­ity Re­search

    Project Lead: Christopher Murphy, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Jörg Albrecht

    With an emphasis on the interdisciplinary efforts of all the humanities and technological sciences, the European Journal for Security Research provides a comprehensive platform to discuss a wide-range of security research topics. It offers a uniquely European forum for debate on social security research developments and how they are transforming our world.

  6. Criminology, Completed

    The Use of ADR for Cases of Hon­or-Based Vi­ol­ence in Europe

    Project Lead: Clara Rigoni

    The project analyzes the use of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for cases of honor-based violence in the United Kindgdom and Norway and aims at answering the following questions: What are the rights and principles of Western (criminal) justice systems that are threatened by a logic of honor and by the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in such cases? Ho…

  7. Criminology, Completed

    Vul­ner­ab­il­ity and fear of crime

    Project Lead: Göran Köber

    How useful is vulnerability for the understanding of fear of crime? This study reviews previous vulnerability approaches in fear of crime research, employs a more rigorous temporal perspective and distinguishes more precisely between individuals and their contexts.

  8. Criminology, Dissertation, Individual research project, Completed

    The Im­ple­ment­a­tion of Elec­tron­ic Mon­it­or­ing in Ger­many

    Project Lead: Daniela Jessen

    Motivated by experiences in the field of electronic monitoring in the anglo-american jurisdictions since the 1980s, electronic monitoring has become subject to controversial discussions within legal policy in Germany as well. Whereas its supporters consider electronic monitoring as a reasonable, cost-saving, modern and humanitarian type of arrest, others are concerned that electronic monitoring c…

  9. Criminology, Research project, Departmental project, Completed

    Pre­dict­ive Poli­cing

    Project Lead: Dominik Gerstner

    In response to increasing rates of domestic burglary in Germany over the past few years, police and policy-makers are attempting to determine new ways to stop or, ideally, reverse this trend. In this context, methods of predictive policing are being applied and tested in some of the federal states of Germany. On October 30, 2015 the Pilot Project Predictive Policing P4 was started in Baden-Württe…

  10. Criminology, Completed

    In­ter­net as So­cial Con­trol Mech­an­ism

    Project Lead: Aleksandre Glonti

    Research questions concern: How did the Internet become a social control mechanism? How is social control on the Internet carried out? Results of this research will allow recommendations with respect to the regulation of informal shaming sanctions. The study is based on criminological and legal approaches.

  11. Criminology, Completed

    Re­spond­ing to Cy­ber­crime in a Trans­ition­al So­ci­ety: the Ex­ample of Ukraine

    Project Lead: Hans-Jörg Albrecht, Dr. Lev Streltsov

    From illegal access to various types of data to malware that paralyzes a whole society: all such activities fall into the general category of “hacking”, a phenomenon which the young European democracy of Ukraine must respond to in its difficult transition. The principal question is: how can Ukraine maintain a fragile balance between compliance with international obligations, adoption of measures …

  12. Criminology, Research project, Departmental project, Completed


    Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Jörg Albrecht

  13. Criminal Law (Prof. Sieber), Collaborative project, Completed

    The Lim­its of Crim­in­al Law

    Project Lead: Dr. Benjamin Vogel LL.M., Dr. Matthew Dyson (Universität Oxford), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Sieber

    The Limits of Criminal Law shines light from the outer edges of the criminal law in to better understand its core. From a framework of core principles, different borders are explored to test out where criminal law’s normative or performative limits are, in particular, the borders of crime with tort, non-criminal enforcement, medical law, business regulation, administrative sanctions, counter-terr…

  14. Criminology, Dissertation, Completed

    Pun­ish­ment and Sen­tence En­force­ment for Ser­i­ous Vi­ol­a­tions of In­ter­na­tion­al Hu­man­it­ari­an Law Com­mit­ted in the Former Yugoslavia

    Project Lead: Filip Vojta

    The project empirically investigates penal purposes and conditions under which sentences imposed by the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia) are enforced in different European prison systems. The analysis explores how such enforcement practice influences the legitimacy of international criminal punishments and how it impacts the overarching goals of international crimi…

  15. Criminology, Research project, Departmental project, Completed

    Elec­tron­ic Mon­it­or­ing of Pris­on­ers in Baden-Württem­berg/Ger­many

    Project Lead: Gunda Wössner, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Jörg Albrecht

    From October 2010 until March 2012, a pilot project on electronic monitoring electronic monitoring occurred in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. In conjunction with this project, the Max Planck Institute carried out an empirical study to evaluate this pilot project, including its implementation, acceptance, and the psychosocial effects of EM. A follow-up study analyzed recidivism rates among…

  16. Criminology, Research project, Departmental project, Completed

    Crime, dis­order, and so­cial cap­it­al in urb­an neigh­bor­hoods: per­cep­tions and so­cial pro­cesses

    Project Lead: Dietrich Oberwittler

    The major goal of this study is to advance the understanding of structural conditions and social processes in relation to crime problems in urban neighborhoods. Residents’ subjective perceptions of disorder and crime as well as collective social capital are key mechanisms in the complex social processes shaping the development of neighborhoods. The core of the study is a large community survey of…