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


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


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