Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jörg Albrecht
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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.
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), the College for Criminal Law Science at Beijing Normal University (2015) 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 (IMPRS REMEP).
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:
- Series at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law:
- Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform [more],
- Déviance et Société [more],
- Recht der Jugend und des Bildungswesens [more],
- Zivile Sicherheit. Schriften zum Fachdialog Sicherheitsforschung [more],
- 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.
Jehle, Jörg-Martin / Albrecht, Hans-Jörg / Hohmann-Fricke, Sabine / Tetal, Carina: Legalbewährung nach strafrechtlichen Sanktionen. Eine bundesweite Rückfalluntersuchung 2010 bis 2013 und 2004 bis 2013. In: Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz (ed.). Forum Verlag Godesberg, Mönchengladbach 2016, 346 p. [forthcoming].
Albrecht, Hans-Jörg: Wandel der Sicherheit – Von präventiver zu präemptiver Sicherheit? Entwicklungen der Sicherheitspolitik in Systemen des öffentlichen Personentransports. In: Fischer, Susanne / Masala, Carlo (eds.): Innere Sicherheit nach 9/11. Sicherheitsbedrohungen und (immer) neue Sicherheitsmaßnahmen? Springer VS, Wiesbaden 2016, 209-229.
Albrecht, Hans-Jörg (ed.): Kriminalität, Kriminalitätskontrolle, Strafvollzug und Menschenrechte. Internationales Kolloquium zum Gedenken an Professor Dr. Günther Kaiser vom 23. Januar 2009. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2016, 176 p.;
author: Vorwort, V-VII; Strafrechtliche Sozialkontrolle, Kriminalität und die Kriminologie, 81-98.
Albrecht, Hans-Jörg: Kriminologie und Strafrecht. In: Sieber, Ulrich (ed.): Strafrecht in einer globalen Welt. Internationales Kolloquium zum Gedenken an Professor Dr. Hans-Heinrich Jescheck vom 7. bis 8. Januar 2011. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2016, 86-99.
Albrecht, Hans-Jörg: Prison Overcrowding – Finding Effective Solutions. Strategies and Best Practices Against Overcrowding in Correctional Facilities (translated by Hossein Gholami). Mizan Legal Foundation, Tehran 2016, 144 p. [In Persian language; English 2011/2012]
Albrecht, Hans-Jörg: Introduction (translated by Hossein Gholami). In: Gholami, Hossein: Penology – Understanding Crime Responsology. Mizan Legal Foundation, Tehran 2016, 9-10. [In Persian language]
Albrecht, Hans-Jörg: Legal Aspects of the Use of Coercive Measures in Psychiatry. In: Völlm, Birgit / Nedopil, Norbert (eds.): The Use of Coercive Measures in Forensic Psychiatric Care: Legal, Ethical and Practical Challenges. Springer, Cham 2016, 31-48.
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 [more].
No. Title Author(s) Download 43 (04/2012) Prison Overcrowding – Finding Effective Solutions Hans-Jörg Albrecht 38 (10/2006) Counterterrorism Policies in Germany Hans-Jörg Albrecht 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