Fundamental Questions of Criminal and Public Security Law
December 04, 2023
New research series of the Max Planck Institute
The Max Planck Institute has launched a new research series on fundamental questions of criminal law and security law. It is co-edited by Tatjana Hörnle, head of the Department of Criminal Law, and Ralf Poscher, head of the Department of Public Law at the Institute.
Should Climate Activists be Punished as Common Offenders?
November 24, 2023
On the Climate Necessity Defence
Some climate activists, rather than receiving punishment, have in several cases successfully claimed to have acted on the grounds of necessity.
Improvements to Regulations on Intelligence Services Needed
November 20, 2023
A number of experts, including Freiburg legal scholar Ralf Poscher, have criticized the draft bill presented by the German federal parliament (Bundestag) to amend the law of the Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND). At a Bundestag hearing, Poscher explained that segments of the new regulations have failed to meet constitutional requirements.
Virtual Reality and Crime Research
November 20, 2023
A group of scientist from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law travelled to Philadelphia for the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. They showcased the novel virtual reality environments currently being used in our research.
Interdisciplinary Constitutional Research
October 31, 2023
Freiburg researchers apply for Cluster of Excellence
A group of researchers from the University of Freiburg, the Max Planck Institute, and the Walter Eucken Institute are applying for a Cluster of Excellence to conduct top-level research on constitutional issues. The initiators are the legal scholars Matthias Jestaedt and Andreas Voßkuhle.
What use are Punishments?
October 30, 2023
ARTE films documentary with Max Planck researcher Philipp Hirsch
If you do something wrong, you get punished. But do punishments really accomplish what we want them to? This question is explored in a documentary produced by the German-French television channel ARTE. Experts from the fields of criminology, psychology, and law voice their views. Among them: criminal law theorist Philipp Alexander Hirsch, research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg.