Research Departments

The research programs of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law focus on the changes in crime and other threats to public security and their impact on national and international security policies. Changes in crime are being shaped, for example, by the new dimensions of terrorism, organized crime, and the various activities in cyberspace. The developments in public and criminal security policies are characterized, for instance, by the introduction of novel types of preventive and repressive instruments of intervention and control, such as electronic observation and surveillance, forefield criminalization, or even preventive detention. Both areas can sometimes also overlap. The results of the Institute’s work demonstrate that international and interdisciplinary fundamental research yields important insights, which help forge policy solutions to the elementary problems of our time at the national, European, and international levels.