Prof. Dr. Tatjana Hörnle, M.A. (Rutgers)

Director

Main Focus

At the core of Pro­fess­or Hörnle’s re­search are the found­a­tions of crim­in­al law, in­clud­ing the­or­ies of pun­ish­ment and crim­in­al­iz­a­tion, is­sues sur­round­ing the at­tri­bu­tion of re­spons­ib­il­ity, and the role of the vic­tim. An­oth­er im­port­ant sub­ject is the role of crim­in­al law in times of so­cio-cul­tur­al change. How are the func­tions of and ex­pect­a­tions placed on pro­hib­it­ory norms and crim­in­al pun­ish­ment af­fected by the shift­ing para­met­ers of di­git­al­iz­a­tion, glob­al­iz­a­tion, mi­gra­tion, and the so­cial and cul­tur­al frag­ment­a­tion of so­ci­et­ies? The law of sexu­al of­fenses – with a par­tic­u­lar em­phas­is on sup­port­ing re­form pro­cesses – is an ad­di­tion­al area of in­terest. The fo­cus in this con­text is not only on Ger­man law but on com­par­at­ive leg­al re­search as well.

Pro­fess­or Hörnle’s meth­od­o­lo­gic­al ap­proach can be char­ac­ter­ized by the fol­low­ing key words: transna­tion­al crim­in­al law the­ory, prob­lem-centered com­par­at­ive law, and the shap­ing of law. One of her goals is to in­tensi­fy the con­nec­tions between Ger­man crim­in­al law sci­ence and the leg­al dis­course tak­ing place in the Eng­lish lan­guage.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since January 2020: Honorary Professor at Hum­boldt-Uni­versität zu Ber­lin
  • Since June 2019: Dir­ect­or at the Max Planck In­sti­tute for the Study of Crime, Se­cur­ity and Law, Freiburg
  • Ju­ly 2009 to Septem­ber 2019: Pro­fess­or at Hum­boldt-Uni­versität zu Ber­lin, chair for crim­in­al law, crim­in­al pro­ced­ure, leg­al philo­sophy, and com­par­at­ive law
  • 2012: Of­fers of pro­fess­or­ships from the Uni­versity of Mu­nich and the Uni­versity of Freiburg
  • 2016 sum­mer semester: Mem­ber of the re­search group "The Le­git­im­iz­a­tion of Mod­ern Crim­in­al Law," Is­rael In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced Stud­ies, Jer­u­s­alem
  • 2015 sum­mer term: Seni­or fel­low at the Al­fried Krupp In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Study, Gre­if­swald
  • 2011/2012: Ad­junct Pro­fess­or, Fac­ulty of Law, Uni­versity of Toronto
  • 2004 to 2009: Pro­fess­or at the Ruhr-Uni­versität Bo­chum; chair for crim­in­al law, crim­in­al pro­ced­ure, and leg­al philo­sophy
  • 2003: Act­ing pro­fess­or­ships in Re­gens­burg und Bo­chum
  • 2003: Ha­bil­it­a­tion [post-doc­tor­al lec­tur­ing qual­i­fic­a­tion], Uni­versity of Mu­nich
  • 1998: Doc­tor­ate, Uni­versity of Mu­nich
  • 1993 to 1999: Re­search as­sist­ant to Prof. Dr. Bernd Schüne­mann at the In­sti­tute for Leg­al Philo­sophy and Leg­al Inform­at­ics, Uni­versity of Mu­nich, fol­lowed by ha­bil­it­a­tion fund­ing from the Ger­man Re­search Found­a­tion (DFG)
  • 1991 to 1993: Mas­ter’s pro­gram at the School of Crim­in­al Justice, Rut­gers State Uni­versity of New Jer­sey, USA; Mas­ter of Arts in Crim­in­al Justice
  • 1988 to 1991: Prac­tic­al leg­al train­ing in Ber­lin
  • 1982 to 1988: Study of law at the Uni­versity of Tübin­gen

Projects

In the decade since 2010, the section on sexual offenses in the German Criminal Code has undergone multiple changes. These developments are traced for the most comprehensive commentary to the German Criminal Code, the “Leipziger Kommentar StGB”. The Commentary collects and analyzes policy… more

Which kind of criteria do citizens accept if the Corona crisis forces doctors to apply triage? Prof. Elisa Hoven, Univer­sity of Leipzig, with support by the Max Planck Institute, has organized a survey. You can find the results below. more

Sociologists and cultural sociologists describe increasingly plural, multicultural, and fragmented societies. Migra­tion is one of the factors that contribute to these phenomena. The goal of the project is to describe and evaluate the influence of the aforementioned societal developments on… more

During the Covid-19 pandemic, numerous countries have experienced a scarcity of life-saving resources, including equipment (i.e., ventilators) and free space in intensive care units. Such situations raise difficult ethical and legal questions. Which criteria should be applied to select the patients… more

Traditional criminal laws defined sexual assault as a crime that required violence or threats of violence. Paradigms have shifted: present-day law reforms in various countries focus on lack of consent. There are, however, different approaches regarding how to transform this notion into offense… more

Publications

Journal Article (91)

2021
Journal Article
Hörnle, T. (2021). Evaluating #MeToo: The Perspective of Criminal Law Theory. German Law Journal, 22(Special Issue 5), 833–846. doi:10.1017/glj.2021.34
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Hörnle, T. (2021). Paul Johann Anselm von Feuerbach y su Tratado de Derecho Penal común vigente en Alemania (1801)[spanische Übersetzung von: P.J.A. von Feuerbach and his Textbook of The Common Criminal Law]. Revista de Derecho Penal y Procesal Penal, (2), 3–25. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-0A64-D
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Hörnle, T. (2021). Apelo para o abandono da categoria do „dolo eventualis“ [portug. Übersetzung von: Plädoyer für die Aufgabe der Kategorie „bedingter Vorsatz”]. Revista Brasileira de Ciências Criminais, 28(178), 79–101. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-6D7A-6
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Hörnle, T. (2021). Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis bei Rezensionen. Neue Juristische Wochenschrift, (27), 1933–1936. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-DA12-E
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Hörnle, T. (2021). Englischsprachige Strafrechtstheorie: Literaturbericht zu Antony Duff, The Realm of Criminal Law (Oxford 2018) und Vincent Chiao, Criminal Law in the Age of the Administrative State (Oxford 2019). Zeitschrift für die Gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft, 133(2), 549–560. doi:10.1515/zstw-2021-0020
2020
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Hörnle, T. (2020). Plädoyer für einen behutsamen Umgang mit Kristallkugeln. Zeitschrift für Internationale Strafrechtsdogmatik, 15(10), 468–470. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-4427-1
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Hörnle, T. (2020). Das „Reformpaket zur Bekämpfung sexualisierter Gewalt gegen Kinder“. Zeitschrift für Internationale Strafrechtsdogmatik, 15(9), 440–448. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-0580-2
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Hörnle, T. (2020). Violación como relaciones sexuales no consentidas [spanische Übersetzung von: Rape as Non-Consensual Sex]. En Letra: Derecho Penal, 6(10), 197–217. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-461F-9
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Hörnle, T. (2020). Der niederländische Hoge Raad und das BVerfG zu Fragen der Sterbehilfe: Die Abgrenzung von Selbstbestimmung und Fremdbestimmung im Einzelfall und als Leitlinie für die Rechtspolitik. JuristenZeitung, 75(18), 872–879. doi:10.1628/jz-2020-0276
2019
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Hörnle, T. (2019). Zur Lage der Strafzumessung in Deutschland. Goltdammer’s Archiv für Strafrecht, 282–295. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-9818-7
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