Svenja Schwartz

Doctoral Researcher

Main Focus

  • General Part of German Criminal Law
  • Legal Theory, esp. Criminal Law Theory
  • International Criminal Law

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2016–2021: Study of Law, Bucerius Law School
  • 2018: Exchange Semester, University of St. Gallen
  • 2021: First State Exam (Law)
  • 2021–2022: Master of Laws (LL.M.): Transnational Crime and Justice, University for Peace and United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (Transnational Crime and Justice)
  • Since July 2022: Doctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Criminal Law Department, Prof. Dr. Tatjana Hörnle, M.A. (Rutgers)


Willful Ignorance

In German law, mistakes of fact have the effect of excluding intent (Sec. 16 I German Criminal Code, StGB). Thus, if a perpetrator was unaware of a relevant factual circumstance – regardless of whether or not the lack of aware­ness was their own fault – intent cannot be established. This can be unsatisfactory from a criminal policy per­spec­tive. In contrast, in the Anglo-American world… more

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