Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Sieber

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Sieber is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg/Germany and an honorary professor and faculty member at the law faculties of the University of Freiburg and the University of Munich.

He is a visiting professor at the law departments of Peking University, Renmin University, Beijing Normal University, and Wuhan University (all People’s Republic of China) as well as an honorary professor at the Universidad Tecnológica de los Andes (Cusco/Peru). He is the recipient of hononary doctorates from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens/Greece, the National University of San Marcos (Lima/Peru), the University of Pécs/Hungary, and from South-West University Neofit Rilski Blagoewgrad/Bulgaria.

Academic Career:

Prof. Sieber launched his academic career at the University of Freiburg, where he was a researcher and academic staff member from 1973 to 1987. In 1977, he was awarded a doctorate for his dissertation on computer crime and criminal law (Computerkriminalität und Strafrecht) and completed the bar exam. In addition to his academic work, he also worked as an attorney specializing in computer law from 1978 to 1987.

He earned a post-doctoral lecturing qualification under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Klaus Tiedemann at the University of Freiburg in 1987 with a Habilitation on the relationship between substantive criminal law and criminal procedure. In the same year, he accepted a position as professor of criminal law, criminal procedure, and information law at the University of Bayreuth. In 1991, Prof. Sieber became professor of criminal law, criminal procedure, information law, and legal informatics at the University of Würzburg, where he was dean of the law faculty from 1997 to 1998. He declined an offer of professorship for legal informatics from the University of Münster in 1994. Also in 1994, he was a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo. In April 2000, he accepted an appointment to succeed Prof. Dr. Claus Roxin at the University of Munich.

In October 2003, Prof. Sieber was appointed director at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, succeeding Prof. Dr. Hans-Heinrich Jescheck and Prof. Dr. Albin Eser (https://www.mpicc.de/). Since 2004, he has also been an honorary professor and law faculty member at the University of Munich and the University of Freiburg, with the authorization to confer doctoral and post-doctoral degrees. He is the initiator and spokesperson of the International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Criminal Law, a cooperative venture of the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg and the law faculty of the University of Freiburg (see: http://www.imprs-cc.de/de/).

National and International Consulting:

In addition to his academic activities, Prof. Sieber continues to be active as an expert consultant and advisor, especially in the areas of computer law, economic criminal law, and international criminal law. In this capacity, he has served as a special advisor to two EC Commissioners with his expertise on issues of computer law and EC fraud. He has also served on the legal committee and several enquiry commissions of the German Parliament and has advised the German Federal Constitutional Court, the German Ministry of Justice, the German Ministry of Education, Science, Research, and Technology, and the German Federal Police Office. He has also advised the Council of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Research Ministers of the G-8 nations (Carnegie Group), the OECD, the United Nations, and the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. As a legal authority, he has written expert opinions for and been a consultant to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia as well as the Canadian Ministry of Justice, the U.S. Senate, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board of the U.S. government, and the National Police Agency of Japan.

Memberships:

In Germany, Prof. Sieber is president and a founding member of the German Association for European Criminal Law (Deutsche Vereinigung für Europäisches Strafrecht e.V.), vice president of the German section of the International Association of Penal Law (Association Internationale pour la Défense Sociale, AIDP), member of the board of the European Center of Law at the University of Würzburg, chairman of the Ethics Council of the Max Planck Society, member of the foundation board of the German Foundation for Law and Computer Science (DSRI), member of the scholarship council of the Minerva Foundation, advisory member of the directorate of the Centre for Security and Society of the University of Freiburg, member of the advisory board of the German National Academy of Science (Leopoldina) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) for questions concerning the handling of security-relevant research, and member of the information safety commission of the Max Planck Society as well as of the foundation board of the Olav Brennhovd Foundation.

Internationally, he is vice president of the Scientific Committee of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP), vice president of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL), vice president of the International Society of Social Defence and Humane Criminal Policy (iSSD), member of the board of directors of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC), German contact point for the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN), honorary member of the Japanese Association of Criminal Law Professors, and honorary member of the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados del Cusco.

Editorships:

Prof. Sieber is editor of the Strafrechtliche Forschungsberichte [Reports on Research in Criminal Law] of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, of the European series ius informationis and ius criminale, and of the series Max Planck Research on International, European, and Comparative Criminal Law. He is co-editor of the Interdisziplinäre Forschungen aus Strafrecht und Kriminologie [Interdisciplinary Research in Criminal Law and Criminology], of a collection of foreign criminal laws in German translation, and of the European series ius europaeum. He is also co-editor of the foreign press review of the Zeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft (ZStW) and the periodical Multimedia und Recht, and serves on the advisory council of the journal Computer und Recht.

In addition, he is editor-in-chief of the online publication eucrim and a member of the editorial boards of Computer Law and Security Review, of the Series on International Criminal Law, of the journal Crime, Law and Social Change, and of the International Criminal Law Review. He is a member of the editorial staff of the Russian journal National Security and a member of the advisory boards of the journal European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, the journal New Journal of European Criminal Law and the journal Money Laundering Control. He is also a member of the international scientific committee of the Revista Penal, of the scientific committee of the Revista Penal México, of the international scientific committee of the journal Revue de science criminelle et de droit pénal comparé (RSC), and of the scientific councils of the Serbian journal Crimen – Journal for Criminal Justice and the journal Dreptul (publ. by the Romanian Lawyers Association). He is a member of the honorary committee of the Romanian journal Revista de Drept Penal and serves on the scientific board of the Journal of Eastern European Criminal Law as well as on the board of the Greek online publication Recht und Neue Technologien.

Current Research Program:

The research program of Prof. Sieber at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg is closely attuned to current changes in crime, criminal law, and criminal policy in today’s global information and risk society. New challenges to criminal law and security law emerge with these changes. Contributors to the urgency of these challenges include the growing transnationality of crime, the increasing threat level, and the high degree of complexity. These factors are especially apparent in the areas of terrorism, organized crime, economic crime, and cybercrime – all focuses of the research program.

These developments have pushed traditional criminal law to its territorial and functional limits as regards the protection of society and the guarantees of individual freedoms. New questions arise, for example, as to the conceptual design of a transnationally effective criminal law, the role of criminal law in the context of the emerging preventive orientation towards security interests, and alternative systems of social control.

Against this background, the research program of the Department of Criminal Law at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law pursues three related, progressive research goals: (1) the analysis of empirical changes in delinquency and security risks in a society shaped by globalization, technological advances, and economic development; (2) the analysis and critical evaluation of the corresponding normative changes in present-day security law; and (3) the development of viable responses to the issues spawned by these changes.

The primary research methods used to achieve these aims include legal doctrine, international criminal law science, and comparative criminal law as well as methods of empirical social research and the inclusion of fundamental questions of legal theory, international law, European law, and human rights. In this way, a frame of reference for criminal justice in multi-level systems can be determined.

Curriculum vitae en español

El profesor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Sieber es director del Instituto Max Planck para el Derecho penal extranjero e internacional de Friburgo de Brisgovia, así como profesor honorario [more]

Curriculum vitae in Chinese

乌尔里希•齐白(Ulrich Sieber)教授,现任位于弗莱堡的马普外国与国际刑法研究所所长,弗莱堡(Freiburg)大学法律系与慕尼黑大学法律系荣誉教授以及正式成员。 [more]

Publications (selection)

  • From the vantage point of comparative criminal law, Prof. Sieber’s publications deal, in particular, with issues relating to globalization, European criminal law, terrorism, organized crime, cybercrime, and information technology in law. Two of his books have been translated into Japanese; his “International Handbook on Computer Crime” has been published in French. Articles on issues of computer law and economic criminal law have been published in Chinese, Danish, English, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, and Turkish. Anthologies with authoritative articles have been published in Chinese, Japanese and in Korean.

     

    More Recent Publications are: 

  • Sieber, Ulrich/Vogel, Benjamin: Terrorismusfinanzierung – Prävention im Spannungsfeld von internationalen Vorgaben und nationalem Tatstrafrecht. Strafrechtliche Forschungsberichte Bd. S 150, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2015, XXV + 236 pages.

  • Sieber, Ulrich/Engelhart, Marc: Compliance Programs for the Prevention of Economic Crimes. An Empirical Survey of German Companies. Strafrechtliche Forschungsberichte vol. S 140, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2014, 312 pages.

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Das Strafrecht der Informationsgesellschaft – Grundlagen und Reformkonzept. In: Ay¢e Nuhoºlu (ed.), Prof. Dr. Feridun Yenisey’e Armağan (Festschrift for Prof. Dr. Feridun Yenisey), Beta publishing house, Istanbul 2014, pp. 107-138.

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Einführung: Entwicklung, Ziele und Probleme des Europäischen Strafrechts. In: Sieber, U./Satzger, H./von Heintschel-Heinegg, B. (eds.): Europäisches Strafrecht, 2nd edition, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden 2014, pp. 29-101.

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Computerkriminalität. In: Sieber, U./Satzger, H./von Heintschel-Heinegg, B. (eds.): Europäisches Strafrecht, 2nd edition, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden 2014, pp. 435-468.

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Urheberstrafrecht. In: Sieber, U./Satzger, H./von Heintschel-Heinegg, B. (eds.): Europäisches Strafrecht, 2nd edition, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden 2014, pp. 486-509.

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Straftaten und Strafverfolgung im Internet. Gutachten C zum 69. Deutschen Juristentag, herausgegeben von der Ständigen Deputation des Deutschen Juristentages, Verlag C.H. Beck, Munich 2012, 157 pages.
    [also published in Turkish language]

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Risk prevention by means of criminal law – On the legitimacy of anticipatory offenses in Germany’s recently enacted counter-terrorism law. In: Galli, Francesca/Weyembergh, Anne (eds.): EU counter-terrorism offences: What impact on national legislation and case-law?, Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, Brussels 2012, pp. 251-279.
    [See also the German version: Legitimation und Grenzen von Gefährdungsdelikten im Vorfeld terroristischer Gewalt – Eine Analyse der Vorfeldtatbestände im „Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Verfolgung der Vorbereitung von schweren staatsgefährdenden Gewalttaten“. Neue Zeitschrift für Strafrecht (NStZ), 2009, pp. 353-364].

  • Sieber, Ulrich/Engelhart, Marc: Strafrechtskodifikation – Eine Analyse des Kodifikationskonzepts und seiner Umsetzung im deutschen Strafrecht. In: Rechtswissenschaft. Zeitschrift für rechtswissenschaftliche Forschung, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden 2012, pp. 364-405.

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Die Herausforderungen an die Strafrechtswissenschaft im 21. Jahrhundert – Globalisierung, Informationsgesellschaft und Risikogesellschaft (in Japanese language), translated and edited by Katsunori Kai/Morikazu Taguchi, Waseda University Comparative Law Study Series 39, Tokyo 2012, 557 pages.

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Criminal Law in the Global Risk and Information Society: The paradigm shifts of the 21st century (in Chinese language), translated and edited by Zunyou Zhou/Su Jiang, China Legal Publishing House, Beijing 2012, 534 pages.

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Komplexe Kriminalität und Strafrecht in der Weltrisikogesellschaft – Aktuelle Forschungen am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht (in German and Korean language), edited by Korean Institute of Criminology, Seoul 2011, 453 pages.

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Legal Order in a Global World, Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, vol. 14 (2010), pp. 1-49.
    [See also the German original version: Rechtliche Ordnung in einer globalen Welt, Rechtstheorie, vol. 41 (2010), pp. 151-198].

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Die Zukunft des Europäischen Strafrechts – Ein neuer Ansatz zu den Zielen und Modellen des europäischen Strafrechtssystems. In: Zeitschrift für die Gesamte Strafrechswissenschaft (ZStW), 2009, pp. 1-67.
    [also published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean language]

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Sperrverpflichtungen gegen Kinderpornografie im Internet – Bewertung und Weiterentwicklung des Gesetzentwurfs BT-Drucks. 16/12850 vom 5.5.2009. In: JuristenZeitung (JZ), 2009, pp. 653-662.
    [also published in Japanese language]

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Blurring the Categories of Criminal Law and the Law of War – Efforts and Effects in the Pursuit of Internal and External Security. In: Manacorda, S./Nieto Martín, A. (eds.): Criminal Law Between War and Peace – Justice and Cooperation in Criminal Matters in International Military Interventions. Cuenca, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, 2009, pp. 35-69.
    [also published in Hungarian, Russian, Chinese and Korean language]

  • Sieber, Ulrich/Nolde, Malaika: Sperrverfügungen im Internet. Nationale Rechtsdurchsetzung im globalen Cyberspace? Schriftenreihe des Max-Planck-Instituts für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht. Strafrechtliche Forschungsberichte vol. S 113. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2008, XX + 263 pages.

  • Sieber, Ulrich: The Forces Behind the Harmonization of Criminal Law. In: Delmas-Marty, M./Pieth, M./Sieber, U. (eds.): Les Chemins de l’Harmonisation Pénale/Harmonising Criminal Law, Collection de L’UMR de Droit Comparé de Paris, vol. 15., Société de législation comparée, Paris 2008, pp. 385-417.
    [also published in Spanish, Chinese and Japanese language]

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Mastering Complexity in the Global Cyberspace: The Harmonization of Computer-Related Criminal Law. In: Delmas-Marty, M./Pieth, M./Sieber, U. (Hrsg.): Les Chemins de l’Harmonisation Pénale/Harmonising Criminal Law, Collection de L’UMR de Droit Comparé de Paris, vol. 15. Paris, Société de législation comparée, Paris 2008, pp. 127-202.
    [also published in Spanish, Persian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean language]

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Compliance-Programme im Unternehmensstrafrecht. Ein neues Konzept zur Kontrolle von Wirtschaftskriminalität. In: Sieber, U./u.a. (eds.): Festschrift für Klaus Tiedemann zum 70. Geburtstag, Duncker & Humblot, Cologne/Munich 2008, pp. 449-484.
    [also published in Spanish, Chinese and Japanese language]

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Ermittlungen in Sachen Liechtenstein – Fragen und erste Antworten. In: Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (NJW), 2008, vol.⁄issue 61, pp. 881-886.
    [also published in Japanese language]

  • Sieber, Ulrich/Brunst, Phillip: Cyberterrorism and Other Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes – Threat Analysis and Evaluation of International Conventions. In: Council of Europe (ed.): Cyberterrorism – the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg 2007, pp. 9-105.

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Grenzen des Strafrechts. Grundlagen und Herausforderungen des neuen strafrechtlichen Forschungsprogramms am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht. In: Zeitschrift für die Gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft (ZStW), 2007, vol.⁄issue 119, pp. 1-68.
    [also published in Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean language]

  • Sieber, Ulrich: Strafrechtsvergleichung im Wandel. Aufgaben, Methoden und Theorieansätze der vergleichenden Strafrechtswissenschaft. In: Sieber, U./Albrecht, H.-J. (eds.): Strafrecht und Kriminologie unter einem Dach – Kolloquium zum 90. Geburtstag von Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Heinrich Jescheck. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2006, pp. 78-151.
    [also published in Spanish, Chinese and Japanese language]

  • For more publications see:
    www.mpicc.de/en/home/sieber/sieber_publ.html

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