Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jörg Albrecht



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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jörg Albrecht

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jörg Albrecht is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg/Germany, as well as an honorary professor and faculty member at the law faculty of the University of Freiburg. He is a guest professor at the Center for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the China University of Political Science and Law and at the law faculties of Hainan University, Renmin University, Wuhan University, Beijing Normal University, and Dalian Ocean University.

Academic Background:

Born in 1950 in Esslingen, Germany, Prof. Albrecht studied at the University of Tübingen and later at the University of Freiburg, where he was awarded his doctorate in 1979. In 1991, Prof. Albrecht completed his post-doctoral lecturing qualification with a Habilitation on criminal law, juvenile criminal law, criminology, and prison law.

Between 1977 and 1991, Prof. Albrecht worked as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg. In 1991, he accepted an offer to lecture criminal law and criminology at the University of Konstanz. In 1993, he ascended to the Chair for Criminal Law, Juvenile Criminal Law, and Criminology at the University of Dresden, a position which he held until 1997 when he returned to the Institute. In 1997, Prof. Albrecht was appointed director at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany. In addition to his position at the Institute, he also lectures on criminal law, criminal justice, and criminology at the University of Freiburg.

In recent years, Prof. Albrecht has been awarded the status of guest professor at a number of foreign universities and leading academic research centers including the Center for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the China University of Political Science and Law (2000 + 2008) and the law faculties of Hainan University (2001), Renmin University (2004), Wuhan University (2005), Beijing Normal University (2006), and Dalian Ocean University (2012).

In 2003, he was bestowed the honor of a life membership at Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge, and in 2004 he accepted a UT-professorship and received permanent faculty membership at the Law Faculty of Qom Higher Education Center, University of Teheran. In 2005, Prof. Albrecht was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Pécs, Hungary. In May 2010, Prof. Albrecht was made an honorary member of the Hungarian Society of Criminology for his activities in the development of Hungarian criminology and criminal policy. In September 2010, he was appointed as an honorary member to the Serbian Society of Criminology (SCS). Prof. Albrecht was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Grigol Robakidze University in Tbilisi in May 2012 and an honorary professorship from the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin in June 2013. In September 2013, the Academic Honor Award of the 3rd International Crime & Punishment Film Festival was presented to Prof. Albrecht in Istanbul for his life-time contribution to criminological research on children and youth.

Prof. Albrecht is the deputy spokesperson of the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (REMEP).

Main Research:

Prof. Albrecht's research interests span the breadth of modern legal and criminological discourse. His interests range from topics such as sentencing theory, juvenile crime and justice, illegal drug policy, and environmental and organized crime to evaluative research on the role of criminal justice in transitional legal systems. He has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous works, including volumes on sentencing, day-fines, recidivism, child abuse and neglect, drug policies, and victimization.

Memberships and Editorships:

Prof. Albrecht is co-editor of the following series and journals:

Reports on Research in Criminology of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law,
Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform,
Déviance et Société,
European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice,
Recht der Jugend und des Bildungswesens,
Zivile Sicherheit. Schriften zum Fachdialog Sicherheitsforschung, and
Foreign press review of the "Zeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft" (ZStW).

Prof. Albrecht is on the editorial board of the journal F3 – Freedom from Fear and the advisory boards for the journals "Suchttherapie," "International Journal of Policy and Practice," "Police Practice and Research – An International Journal," "Studies on Crime and Crime Prevention," "Revista de Derecho Penal y Criminología," the European Journal of Criminology, "Crime & Justice International," and "Criminology and Criminal Justice." He is rédacteur associé of the journal "Revue internationale de criminologie et de police technique et scientifique."

Prof. Albrecht is a member of the scientific council of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence, in Bielefeld, Germany, and a member of the advisory board of the German National Academic Foundation. He is a member of the Centre for Criminology (KrimZ), the Kriminologische Gesellschaft (KrimG), the Groupe Européen de Recherches sur les Normativités (GERN), the European Society of Criminology, the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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Publications (selection):

  • Complete list of publications and downloads

  • Albrecht, Hans-Jörg: “德国性犯罪刑法的改革与成果”(周子实 译),载赵秉志主编:《刑法论丛》(第35卷),法律出版社2013年版,页336-358。
    [Criminal Law on Sexual Offences in Germany: Reforms and Results (translated by Zhou, Zishi). In: Criminal Law Review, 2013, Volume 35, pp. 336 – 358.]
  • Albrecht, Hans-Jörg: “德国的量刑与刑事制裁体系”(江溯,林静 译),载陈泽宪主编:《刑事法前沿》(第七卷),中国人民公安大学出版社2013年版,页394-412。
    [The System of Sentencing and Criminal Sanctions in Germany (translated by Jiang, Su; Lin, Jing). In: Chen, Zexian (ed.): New Reports in Criminal Law, Vol. 7. Chinese People's Public Security University Press, Beijing 2013, pp. 394 – 412.]
  • Jehle, Jörg-Martin / Albrecht, Hans-Jörg / Hohmann-Fricke, Sabine / Tetal, Carina: Legalbewährung nach strafrechtlichen Sanktionen. Eine bundesweite Rückfalluntersuchung 2007 bis 2010 und 2004 bis 2010. Ed. Bundesministerium der Justiz. Forum Verlag Godesberg, Mönchengladbach 2013, 310 p.
  • Albrecht, Hans-Jörg: NSA, GCHQ, Tempora, XKeyscore, Inferenz und Schnellkochtöpfe. Editorial zu dem Themenheft 6/2013 der Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform. In: MschrKrim, 2013, Volume/Issue 96/6, p. 443 – 446.
  • Albrecht, Hans-Jörg: Rückfallstatistiken im internationalen Vergleich. In: Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform, 2013, Volume⁄Issue 96/5, p. 400 - 410.
  • Albrecht, Hans-Jörg: Juvenile Criminal Law and Justice in Germany – Accounting for Trends in the German Juvenile Criminal Justice System –, p. 643 - 695; Almanya'da Çocuk Ceza Hukuku ve Adaleti Alman Çocuk Adaleti Sistemi Eğilimlerinin Muhasebesi – (translation by B. Çağ), p. 697 - 746. In: Sözüer, Adem (ed.): 3rd International Crime and Punishment Film Festival. Juvenile Justice, Academic Papers. Istanbul University, Faculty of Law, Istanbul 2013.
  • Albrecht, Hans-Jörg / Quensel, Stephan / Sessar, Klaus (eds.): Zur Lage der Kriminologie in Deutschland. Beiträge der Tagung vom 28. bis 30. Juni 2012 am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg i.Br. [Criminology in Germany. With contributions (all in German language) from the Conference on 28th-30th June, 2012, at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg im Breisgau/Germany]. Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform 96, Special issue 2/3, 290 p. (2013).
    • Author: Albrecht, H.-J.: Zur Lage der Kriminologie in Deutschland – Eine Einführung [Criminology in Germany – An Introduction], p. 73 - 80.

Further information:

  • "Anyone may become a killer", interview with Prof. H.-J. Albrecht on the role of preventive detention
    MaxPlanckResearch, 4/2010, p. 7
  • Capital Punishment Reforms
    MaxPlanckResearch, 4/2008, p. 39-42
  • research in brief – forschung aktuell (selection)

    The following table contains a selection of publications from the Max Planck Institute's publication series research in brief – forschung aktuell, co-edited by Prof. Albrecht.

    No. Title Author(s) Download
    43 (04/2012) Prison Overcrowding – Finding Effective Solutions Hans-Jörg Albrecht PDF
    38 (10/2006) Counterterrorism Policies in Germany Hans-Jörg Albrecht PDF
    37 (10/2006) Strengthening the Defence in Death Penalty Cases in the People’s Republic of China
    Hans-Jörg Albrecht and Research Unit of the Death Penalty Cases Survey Institute of Law Order form
    30 (12/2005) Victims of Terrorism Policies and Legislation in Europe. An Overview on Victim Related Assistance and Support Hans-Jörg Albrecht & Michael Kilchling PDF



26.-31.03.2012: 4th International Spring Course "Crime Prevention through Criminal Law & Security Studies", IUC Dubrovnik (HR)

Lecture on "Sentencing and International Criminal Justice"

12.5.2010: Guest Lecture on "Terrorism, Victimization and Compensation of Victims of Terrorism"

3rd Kudriavtzev Lecture | Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

8.4.2009: China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing

Guest Lecture on "Death Penalty: Developments in Europe"


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