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


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


Book (9)

Hörnle, T. (2017). Straftheorien (2., überarb. Aufl.). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. Retrieved from
Hörnle, T. (2015). Teorías de la pena. (N. Pastor Muñoz, Trans.) (Vol. 43) Colección de estudios. Bogotá: Univ. Externado de Colombia, Centro de Investigación en Filosofía y Derecho. Retrieved from
Hörnle, T. (2014). Kultur, Religion, Strafrecht: Neue Herausforderungen in einer pluralistischen Gesellschaft (Vol. 1) Verhandlungen des 70. Deutschen Juristentages. München: Beck. Retrieved from

Collected Edition (5)

Hörnle, T., Huster, S., & Poscher, R. (Eds.). (2021). Triage in der Pandemie. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. doi:10.1628/978-3-16-160202-3
Hörnle, T., Möllers, C., & Wagner, G. (Eds.). (2020). Gerichte und ihre Äquivalente (Vol. 7) Recht im Kontext. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. Retrieved from
Hörnle, T., Hefendehl, R., & Greco, L. (Eds.). (2014). Streitbare Strafrechtswissenschaft: Festschrift für Bernd Schünemann zum 70. Geburtstag am 1. November 2014. Berlin: de Gruyter. Retrieved from

Journal Article (92)

Hörnle, T. (2021). Good Scientific Practice and Academic Reviews. Criminal Law Forum, 32(4), 531–541. doi:10.1007/s10609-021-09424-2
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
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

Contribution to a Collected edition (83)

Hörnle, T. (2021). Criminal Law in Multicultural Societies. In The Quest for Core Values in the Application of Legal Norms: Essays in Honor of Mordechai Kremnitzer (pp. 85–102). Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-78953-4_5
Hörnle, T. (2021). Große Erzählungen der Strafrechtsentwicklung. In Digitalisierung, Globalisierung und Risikoprävention: Festschrift für Ulrich Sieber zum 70. Geburtstag. Teilband 1 (pp. 45–56) Schriften zum Strafrecht. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. doi:10.3790/978-3-428-55971-8
Hörnle, T. (2021). Ex-post-Triage: Strafbar als Tötungsdelikt? In Triage in der Pandemie (pp. 149–186). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. Retrieved from

Contribution to a Commentary (9)

Hörnle, T. (2021). Kommentierung der §§ 183, 183a, 184, 184a, 184b, 184c, 184d, 184e, 184f, 184g, 184h. In Münchener Kommentar zum Strafgesetzbuch (4. Aufl., Vol. 3, pp. 1668–1776). München: Beck. Retrieved from
Hörnle, T. (2021). Kommentierung der §§ 166, 167, 167a, 168. In Münchener Kommentar zum Strafgesetzbuch (4. Aufl., Vol. 3, pp. 1242–1278). München: Beck. Retrieved from
Hörnle, T. (2017). Kommentierung der §§ 166, 167, 167a, 168. In Münchener Kommentar zum Strafgesetzbuch (3. Aufl., Vol. 3, pp. 1187–1222). München: Beck. Retrieved from

Report (2)

Hörnle, T. (2015). Menschenrechtliche Verpflichtungen aus der Istanbul-Konvention: Ein Gutachten zur Reform des § 177 StGB ; erstellt für das Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte. Berlin: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte. Retrieved from
Hörnle, T., Klingbeil, S., & Rothbart, K. (2014). Sexueller Missbrauch von Minderjährigen: Notwendige Reformen im Strafgesetzbuch ; [Gutachten] erstellt für den Unabhängigen Beauftragten für Fragen des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs. Berlin. Retrieved from

Series (1)

Hörnle, T., Van Gelder, J.-L., & Poscher, R. (Eds.). (n.d.). Social Science Research Network (SSRN) – Working Paper Series. Amsterdam: Elsevier. Retrieved from

Other (8)

Hörnle, T. (2021, December 13). Warum der Impfstatus bei der Corona-Triage doch eine Rolle spielen darf. Berlin: Verfassungsblog. Retrieved from
Hörnle, T. (2021). Das Dilemma der Triage / The dilemma of triage. Highlights 2020 aus dem Jahrbuch der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft / Max Planck Society Yearbook Highlights 2020. München: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. Retrieved from
Hörnle, T. (2020, June 30). Dilemas en la distribución de aparatos de ventilación [span. Übersetzung von: Dilemmata bei der Zuteilung von Beatmungsgeräten]. Santiago, Chile: The Clinic. Retrieved from
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