Research undertaken at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law is comparative, international, interdisciplinary, and/or empirical in nature and focuses on criminal law, crime, crime control, and crime victims. The comparative law approach involves examining, comparing, and contrasting foreign legal systems and practices with the German criminal justice system. In this context, insights into existing legal solutions to specific social problems, into functional criminal and extra-criminal law alternatives, as well as into ensuing consequences for the further development of criminal law are of equal import. Against this backdrop, studies on the implementation of the law, on the actually occurring consequences of criminal behavior, and on developments of criminal phenomena provide important foundations for the assessment of the efficacy of the law. Additional issues of singular importance for the Institute’s research activity are those of European integration and significant goals in this connection, such as harmonization and assimilation of criminal law and criminal procedure in the Member States of the European Union as well as the identification of problems and possible solutions in the process of forming a region shaped by the same law and similar application of the law.
You can retrieve information on research projects that have been completed or are currently being conducted at the Institute. International cooperation cultivated by the Institute around the world makes this extensive work possible.