Research Cooperation

The Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg has numerous cooperative arrangements with research bodies both within Germany and internationally.

International Partner Institutions

Cooperative arrangements exist with the following international research institutions and facilities. These academic and scientific contacts are fostered through lectures, colloquia, and joint research projects as well as through the creation of exchange opportunities for researchers.

  • Allameh Tabataba'i University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Tehran / Iran
  • Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP), Paris / France
  • Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul / Turkey
  • Bern Graduate School of Criminal Justice (BGCJ) at the School of Criminology, International Criminal Law, Corporate Crime and Criminal Policy (SCIP), University of Bern / Switzerland
  • Le Centre International de Criminologie Comparée (CICC), Université de Montréal / Canada
  • China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Beijing
  • Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing
  • David Aghmashenebeli University of Georgia, Tbilisi / Georgia
  • El Colegio de México / Mexico
  • European & International Criminal Law Institute, Athens / Greece
  • Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi / Georgia
  • Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School and Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning, São Paulo / Brazil
  • Grigol Robakidze University, Tbilisi / Georgia
  • Hainan University, Law Faculty, Haikou, Hainan
  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences, Institute for Legal Studies, Budapest
  • Institute for Muslims Legal Discourse, Tehran / Iran
  • Institutul de cercetări juridice "Acad. Andrei Rădulescu", Romanian Academy of Sciences, Bucharest
  • Islamic Azad University, Bandar-Anzali International Branch, Bandar-Anzali, Gilan / Iran
  • Junta Nacional de Drogas, Presidencia de la República Oriental del Uruguay, Montevideo [more]
  • Korean Institute of Criminal Justice Policy (former Korean Institute of Criminology), Seoul
  • Law Enforcement University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar / Mongolia
  • National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, Southern Regional Center, Odessa
  • Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá / Colombia
  • Queen Mary University of London / United Kingdom
  • Renmin University of China, Research Center of Criminal Justice, Beijing
  • Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Law
  • Simon Fraser University, Institute on Violence, Terrorism, and Security, Burnaby / Canada
  • Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul / Korea
  • Tajik National University, Dushanbe / Tajikistan
  • UNESCO Chair & Center for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran / Iran
  • Universidad Externado de Colombia
  • Universidad Libre, Bogotá / Colombia
  • Universidad Rafael Landívar de Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala / Guatemala
  • Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima / Peru
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Centro Studi "Federico Stella" sulla giustizia penale e la politica criminale, Milan / Italy
  • Universitat de València-Estudi General / Spain
  • University of Belgrade, Law School, Belgrade / Serbia
  • University of Mongolia; National Legal Institute of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar / Mongolia
  • University of Nicosia, School of Law, Nicosia / Cyprus
  • West University of Timişoara / Romania
  • Yerevan State University, Faculty of Law, Eriwan / Armenia
  • Cooperation with the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb / Croatia: Max Planck Partner Group for Balkan Criminology

Criminal Sanction and Recidivism

This empirical study will investigate recidivism by types of offenses, sanctions, and socio-demographic characteristics such as age and sex. The project will run from 2007 through 2019 and will be conducted in cooperation with the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Göttingen.

Joint Research Project "Law, Norm and Criminalization"

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding the 2004 through to 2007 joint research project entitled "Law, Norm and Criminalization." The joint research project is composed of the following individual studies:
  • Max Planck Institute: "Hate Crimes - The Effects of Imprisonment on Self-image and Identity"
  • English Literary Studies: "Processes of Criminalization and Experiences of Prison: Spaces, Bodies, Identities, Topoi, Metaphors"
  • Philosophy (Husserl Archive): "Legal and Moral Norms as Structures of Meaning in Human Societies in Transition"

Laboratoire Européen Associé (LEA)

The Laboratoire Européen Associé (LEA) is a bilateral research body founded by the Max Planck Society (Germany) and the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (France) in 1998. The LEA is concerned with matters of crime and security and the politics of crime prevention in Europe. The present research projects are structured into three super-ordinate areas:
  1. Police, justice, immigration
  2. Drug usage, drug trade, drug economy under the terms of criminal prohibition
  3. Politics of internal security

Cooperative Research Projects with Universities in China

The projects "Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Torture in China" (time frame 2006 to 2009) and "Moving the Debate Forward – China’s Use of the Death Penalty" (time frame March 2007 to early 2010) are being carried out with the support of the European Commission. In China, the Research Center of Procedural System and Judicial Reform, Renmin University (Beijing), Beijing Normal University, and Wuhan University are involved in the aforementioned projects.

Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Torture in China
Project partners of the Max Planck Institute: Great Britain China Centre (London) – Human Rights Centre, University of Essex (UK) – Research Center of Procedural System and Judicial Reform, Renmin University (Beijing)

Moving the Debate Forward – China’s Use of the Death Penalty
Project partners of the Max Planck Institute: Great Britain China Centre (London) – Beijing Normal University – Wuhan University – Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford – The Irish Centre for Human Rights (Galway) – Death Penalty Project (London)

A brochure outlining the cooperative arrangements that exist between the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law and various research institutions and universities in the People's Republic of China can be downloaded here.

Model Codes for Postconflict Societies

A further cooperative project that has been taking place as of 2001 (and ending in 2011) is the development of the venture Model Codes for Postconflict Societies. The project is being carried out in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace (Washington) and the Irish Centre for Human Rights (Galway) and in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Cooperative Research with Iran: "The German-Iranian Dialogue on Crime, Criminal Justice and Criminology"

In 2004 a cooperative agreement with the University of Teheran (Qom Pardis) was signed. The agreement not only promotes the exchange of academic staff from Teheran, Qom, Isfahan, and Freiburg in Breisgau, but also facilitates the creation of cooperative arrangements with both public and private Iranian institutions, such as the Iranian Sociology Association (ISA). As part of this agreement, the so called "Spring Academy" takes place each year at the University of Qom. Correspondingly, the Max Planck Institute is supervising Dr. Hassan Rezaei’s project "A Comparison of Sentencing and Sanction Systems in Iran and Germany" and Ghassem Ghassemi’s dissertation "Criminal Policy in Iran following the Revolution of 1979 - A Comparative Analysis of Criminal Punishment and Sentencing in Iran and Germany Including an Empirical Study of Iranian Attitudes to Criminal Sentencing."
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