Dr. Marc Engelhart

Head of Section/Head of Max Planck Research Group


Tel.: +49 (761) 7081-248

Fax: +49 (761) 7081-294

E-Mail: m.engelhart@mpicc.de

Main Research:

  • Business and economic criminal law
  • European and international criminal law
  • Law of criminal procedure
  • Comparative criminal law

Academic Background:

Marc Engelhart was born in Stuttgart in 1976. After completing his secondary school education (Abitur) at Salier-Gymnasium in Waiblingen in 1996 und his military service as an air-land signaler, he took up the study of law at the University of Freiburg in 1997. In 1999/2000, he spent an academic year at the law faculty of the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). During his studies, Marc Engelhart worked for Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Albin Eser and later at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law as a student assistant. He successfully completed his legal studies with the first state examination in law in early 2003. From 2003 to 2005, he completed his training in the judicial service (Referendariat) at the Freiburg district court (Landgericht Freiburg). As part of this legal apprenticeship, he was also a trainee at the international law department of the German Federal Ministry of Justice (Bundesministerium der Justiz) in Berlin.

From 2003 to 2009, Marc Engelhart held a research position at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, where he became responsible for the German section. He researched and wrote country reports on Germany for the Institute projects "Criminal Liability of Leaders of Criminal Groups and Networks" [more] and "Rethinking European Criminal Justice" [more]. In addition, he coordinated the project "Judicial Training in China" [more]. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Sieber, he earned his doctorate on "Corporate Criminal Liability and Compliance Measures" [more]. His doctoral thesis was published under the title Sanktionierung von Unternehmen und Compliance (Responsibility and Sanctioning of Corporations: The Role of Compliance Measures) for which he was distinguished with the Otto Hahn Medal and the Otto Hahn Award in 2011 and honored with the prize of the "Wirtschaftsstrafrechtliche Vereinigung" (a German economic criminal law association) in 2012.

Marc Engelhart has been a practicing lawyer since 2006. From 2009 to 2011, he worked at an international corporate law firm in Stuttgart, where he specialized in questions of compliance and the corporate responsibility of companies and their leaders. Marc Engelhart returned to the Max Planck Institute in 2012 to accept a position as the head of section for business and economic criminal law. He continues to practice as an independent lawyer in Freiburg.

From February 2014 to the end of July 2014 Marc Engelhart was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology (University of Cambridge). From August 2014 until the end of January 2015 he was an academic visitor at the Centre for Criminology (University of Oxford). Since February 2015 he is head of a Max Planck Research Group (W2 salary group) on "The Architecture of Public Security Regulation".


  • Association Internationale de Droit pénal (AIDP)
  • Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung (Society for Comparative Law)
  • Gesellschaftsrechtliche Vereinigung (VGR)/Society for Company Law
  • Société internationale de Défense Sociale (SiDS)/International Society of Social Defence (iSSD)


  • Former Scholar of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and of e-fellows
  • Former member of the International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Criminal Law (IMPRS-CC)
  • Otto-Hahn-Medal 2011
  • Otto-Hahn-Award 2011
  • Prize of the German economic criminal law association (Wirtschaftsstrafrechtliche Vereinigung, WisteV) 2012

Publications (selection)

  • Engelhart, Marc: § 4 Räumliche Geltung, 85–91; § 5 Wirtschaftsstrafrecht der Internationalen Organisationen, 91-112; § 6 Europäisches Strafrecht, 112-209; § 7 Ausländisches Wirtschaftsstrafrecht, 209-240. In: Wirtschaftsstrafrecht, Handbuch des Wirtschaftsstraf- und -ordnungswidrigkeitenrechts/Müller-Gugenberger, Christian (ed.), Köln 2015, Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt KG. 

  • Engelhart, Marc: Verbandsverantwortlichkeit - Dogmatik und Rechtsvergleichung. In: Neue Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts-, Steuer- und Unternehmensstrafrecht (NZWiSt) 4/6, 201-210 (2015).
  • Engelhart, Marc: Rezension von: Caracas, Christian, Verantwortlichkeit in internationalen Konzernstrukturen nach § 130 OWiG - Am Beispiel der im Ausland straflosen Bestechung im geschäftlichen Verkehr, Baden-Baden 2014. In: WiJ 4, 260-263 (2015). http://www.compliancedigital.de/.download/125227/wij_20150409.pdf
  • Engelhart, Marc: Anmerkung zu OLG München, Beschl. v. 23.9.2014 – 3 Ws 599/14, 3 Ws 600/14. In: WiJ 4, 242-247 (2015). http://www.compliancedigital.de/WiJ.04.2015.242
  • Engelhart, Marc: Criminal Compliance in der EU. Aus anwaltlicher Sicht. In: Criminal Compliance. Handbuch/Thomas Rotsch (ed.), Baden-Baden 2015, Nomos, 1104-1120.
  • Engelhart, Marc: Tagungsbericht: Die Unternehmensstrafe - The Times They Are A-Changin. In: Zeitschrift für Deutsches und Amerikanisches Recht (ZDAR) 3, 124-126 (2014).
  • Sieber, Ulrich / Engelhart, Marc: Compliance Programs for the Prevention of Economic Crimes – An Empirical Survey of German Companies. Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 312 p., 2014.

  • Engelhart, Marc: Development and Status of Economic Criminal Law in Germany. In: German Law Journal 55, 693-718 (2014).
  • Engelhart, Marc: Corporate Criminal Liability from a Comparative Perspective. In: Regulating Corporate Criminal Liability/Brodowski, Dominik / Espinoza de los Monteros de la Parra, Manuel / Tiedemann, Klaus / Vogel, Joachim (eds.), Cham et al. 2014, Springer, 53-76.
  • Engelhart, Marc: Fighting Economic Crimes and Regulated Self-Regulation. In: citizens&markets. A New Generation of Public Control/Bohórquez, Eduardo / Etxaniz, Nora (eds.), Mexico 2014, Transparencia Mexicana, 93-100.
  • Sieber, Ulrich / Engelhart, Marc: Prävention von Wirtschaftskriminalität [Prevention of economic crime]. In: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e. V. (ed.): Jahrbuch 2014 der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. München, 2014, 5 p.

  • Engelhart, Marc: Modelle der Unternehmensstrafbarkeit in Deutschland. In: Strafrechtliche Verantwortlichkeit der juristischen Personen. Russisch-Deutsches strafrechtliches Kolloquium, 26. Juni 2012/Komissarov, Vladimir / Sieber, Ulrich (eds.), Moskau 2013, Jurlitinform Verlag, 24-35.
  • Engelhart, Marc: Paradigmenwechsel im Strafrecht: Die Notwendigkeit einer „Neuen Strafrechtswissenschaft“? In: RW , 208-215 (2013).
  • Review: Knierim, Th. / Rübenstahl, M. / Tsambikakis, M. (eds.): Internal Investigations. Heidelberg, 2013, In: wistra 32/7, 262-264, 2013.

  • Engelhart, Marc/Sieber, Ulrich: Strafrechtskodifikation – Eine Analyse des Kodifikationskonzepts und seiner Umsetzung im deutschen Strafrecht –. In: Rechtswissenschaft - Zeitschrift für rechtswissenschaftliche Forschung (RW) 4, 364-405 (2012).
  • Engelhart, Marc: Corporate Criminal Liability and Compliance in Germany. In: Corporate Criminal Liability and Compliance Programs/Fiorella, Antonio / Stile, Alfonso Maria (eds.), Napoli 2012, Jovene Editore, 167-206.
  • Engelhart, Marc: Unternehmensstrafbarkeit im europäischen und internationalen Recht. In: eucrim, Issue 3, 110–123 (2012).

  • Engelhart, Marc: El desarrollo del derecho penal económico en Alemania. In: Ius et Veritas 44, 324-338 (2012).
  • Engelhart, Marc: Reform der Compliance-Regelungen der United States Sentencing Guidelines. In: Neue Zeitschrift für Gesellschaftsrecht (NZG) , 126-129 (2011).
  • Engelhart, Marc: Sanktionierung von Unternehmen und Compliance – eine rechtsvergleichende Analyse des Straf- und Ordnungswidrigkeitenrechts in Deutschland und den USA. Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 889 p., 2010. In addition: Diss.
    2nd, revised und expanded edition, 961 p., 2012.

    Reviews in:
    CCZ Aktuell, issue 4/2011, VII (Dr. Simone Kämpfer)
    WiJ (Journal der Wirtschaftsstrafrechtlichen Vereinigung e.V), issue 1/2012, 77–78 (RA Christian Rosinus).

  • Engelhart, Marc: Die neuen Compliance-Anforderungen der BaFin (MaComp). In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht (ZIP) , 1832-1840 (2010).
  • Engelhart, Marc: International Criminal Responsibility of Corporations. In: Burchard, Christoph/Triffterer, Otto/Vogel, Joachim (eds.): The Review Conference and the Future of the International Criminal Court. Proceedings of the First AIDP Symposium for Young Penalists in Tübingen, Germany, co-organized by the AIDP YP Committee. Wolters Kluwer/Carl Heymanns Verlag, 2010, 175-190.

    [Translation into Japanese in: The Quarterly Review of Corporation Law and Society 2010, 155-177].

  • Engelhart, Marc: The Secret Service’s Influence on Criminal Proceedings. In: A War on Terror? The European Stance on a New Threat, Changing Laws and Human Rights Implications/Wade, Marianne/Maljević, Almir (eds.), 2010, Springer, 505-547.
  • Engelhart, Marc: Meldepflichtige und meldefreie Geschäftsarten bei Directors’ Dealings (§ 15a WpHG). In: Die Aktiengesellschaft (AG) , 856-866 (2009).
  • Engelhart, Marc: Die Sanktionierung von Unternehmen in Deutschland und den USA unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Compliance-Programmen [in Japanese]. In: The Quarterly Review of Corporation Law and Society , 148-160 (2009).
  • Engelhart, Marc/Burchard, Christoph: Klausur Strafrecht: Eine Bärenjagd auf Abwegen. In: Juristische Arbeitsblätter (JA) , 271-279 (2009).
  • Engelhart, Marc/Burchard, Christoph: Examensklausur Strafrecht: Der getäuschte Brandstifter. In: JURA Juristische Ausbildung, Sonderheft Examensklausurenkurs (3. Auflage)/Coester-Waltjen, Dagmar / Ehlers, Dirk / Geppert, Klaus (eds.), 2008, De Gruyter, 56-63.
  • Engelhart, Marc, Yang Zhou: Case Materials on Judicial Methodology in Criminal Law. In: Course Materials on Judicial Methodology (2 Volumes, Chinese/English). GTZ, Beijing 2006.

  • Engelhart, Marc: Der Weg zum Völkerstrafgesetzbuch – Eine kurze Geschichte des Völkerstrafrechts. In: Juristische Ausbildung (Jura) , 734-743 (2004).

Further information

  • Relevance of Comparative Criminal Law for the Europeanization of Criminal Law

    Marc Engelhart is associated member of the network on the "Relevance of Comparative Criminal Law for the Europeanization of Criminal Law" financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG [more].
  • International Conference on Private Commercial Bribery

    Marc Engelhart is co-organisor and chairman of the international conference on private commercial bribery entitled "Black Accounts and Kickback Payments among Private Parties," 16.11.2012 in the Freiburg Max Planck Institute [more].

  • Corporate Crime Project

    Marc Engelhart participated as a speaker and chairperson in the project "Preventing fraud, corruption and bribery committed through legal entities for the purpose of financial and economic gain" by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague [more].
  • German National Merit Foundation

    Marc Engelhart is a regular member of the selection committee of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

Lectures (selection)

8.4.2014 Unternehmensstrafrecht
Lecture at the Conference on "Die Unternehmensstrafe - The Times They Are A-Changin" organised by the German American Lawyers' Association (DAJV)
Place / Time: Köln, 8.4.2014
6.7.2013 Corporate Criminal Liability and European Developments
Lecture during the DAJV Annual Conference ’13, July 5-6, 2013
Place / Time: Freiburg i. Br., 6.7.2013
27.3.2013 Prevention of Corporate Crime by Compliance Measures
Lecture during the International Spring Course on "Crime Prevention through Criminal Law & Security Studies"
Place / Time: Dubrovnik (Croatia), 27.3.2013
18.1.2013 International Criminal Responsibility and Transitional Justice
Lecture at the international conference on "Debates on Transitional Justice"
Place / Time: Freiburg i. Br., 18.1.2013
23.11.2012 Corporate Criminal Liability and Prevention of Economic Crime
Lecture at the "CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL 2012 – Política Criminal Internacional en la era de la Declaración del Milenio de las Naciones Unidas"
Place / Time: Mexico City, 23.11.2012
13.07.2012 Prevention of Corruption
Place / Time: Warsaw (Poland), 13.07.2012
26.06.2012 Models of Corporate Criminal Liability in Germany
Lecture at the Lomonosov Moscow State University during the First Russian-German Criminal Law Seminar
Place / Time: Moscow (Russia), 26.06.2012
02.05.2012 Compliance im System der Unternehmensstrafbarkeit
Lecture at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law
Place / Time: Freiburg i. Br., 02.05.2012
27.04.2012 Fighting Organized Crime and Drug Dealing in Germany

Lecture at the international conference on the regulation of drug consumption (Sobre Políticas de Regulación del Consumo de Drogas) in Mexico City

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Place / Time: Mexico City (Mexico), 27.04.2012
14.03.2012 Criminal Compliance
Lecture at the University of Zurich
Place / Time: Zurich (Switzerland), 14.03.2012
14.06.2011 Compliance for all?
Lecture on the American compliance development within the Gleiss Lutz-Kollegs
Place / Time: Stuttgart, 14.06.2011
22.05.2010 Compliance – its relevance for medical engineering and the pharmaceutical sector
Lecture within the 15th Workshop of the Japanese-German Radiological Affiliation
Place / Time: Tokyo (Japan), 22.05.2010
13.05.2011 Corporate Criminal Liability and Compliance in Germany
Lecture within the international conference on "Corporate Criminal Liability and Compliance Programs"
Place / Time: Rome (Italy), 13.05.2011
31.07.2009 Compliance Mechanisms in the U.S. and Germany Compared
Lecture within the IMPRS & Hofstra School of Law Summer Program at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law
Place / Time: Freiburg, 31.07.2009
17.03.2009 Unternehmen und Compliance-Programme in den USA und Deutschland
Lecture at Waseda University
Place / Time: Tokio (Japan), 17.03.2009
11.02.2009 Unternehmen und strafrechtliche Regulierung
Lecture at the Max-Planck-Institute for foreign and international criminal law
Place / Time: Freiburg i. Br., 11.02.2009
02.04.2008 Responsibility of Corporations for International Crimes?
Symposium in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists: The Review Conference & the Future of the ICC (University of Tübingen, 01.-04.04.2008)
Place / Time: Tübingen, 02.04.2008
20.02.2008 Entwicklungen und Tendenzen im deutschen Wirtschaftsstrafrecht

Colloquium on current developments of German substantive and procedural criminal law with graduate students of the Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul/South Korea (18.-22.02.2008)

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Place / Time: Freiburg i. Br., 20.02.2008
18.07.2007 Der internationale Strafgerichtshof - Strafverfolgung im Namen der Menschheit
Lecture within the "First Freiburg School Lectures" at the Max-Weber- and the Richard-Fehrenbach-Schools and the Rotteck-Gymnasium
Place / Time: Freiburg i. Br., 18.07.2007
19.06.2007 Compliance-Programme zur Bekämpfung der Wirtschaftskriminalität in den USA
Lecture within the summer course on "Current Developements in crime, international criminal law and comparative criminal law" at the University of Pécs
Place / Time: Pécs (Hungary), 19.06.2007
11.07.2006 60 Jahre und mehr: Was ist aus dem Vermächtnis von Nürnberg geworden? Das Völkerstrafrecht gestern und heute
Lecture at the Heinrich-von-Gagern-Gymnasium during the annual meeting of the Max-Planck-Society
Place / Time: Frankfurt a. M., 11.07.2006
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