General Conference

Prevention, Investigation, and Sanctioning of Economic Crime

Freiburg 2018 AIDP Conference and International Colloquium
on Section III of the XXth AIDP International Congress of Penal Law 

Prevention, Investigation, and Sanctioning of Economic Crime

Freiburg, Germany
18–20 June 2018 (General Conference)
20–21 June 2018 (International Colloquium – reporters & special guests only)
22–23 June 2018 (Fifth Symposium for Young Penalists – Jeunes Pénalistes)




Object and Aim of the Conference


Crime control in today’s risk society is increasingly shifting from traditional repressive criminal law to alternative preventive systems, such as intelligence law. This process is illustrated most interestingly in the field of economic crime, with new regimes of administrative criminal law, money laundering regulations, non-conviction-based confiscation, and private compliance regimes. This challenging process of amending and replacing criminal law by alternative systems will be the focus of the upcoming conference “Prevention, Investigation, and Sanctioning of Economic Crime” at our Institute.

Organised by the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law and the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP) in cooperation with leading European universities, it will take place in Freiburg/Germany from 18 to 20 June 2018. The event will be held in honour of the 80th birthday of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus Tiedemann, the founder of modern German economic criminal law. The draft programme and the organisational details are annexed.

One of the aims of the conference is to develop policy recommendations for an improved control of economic crime. These recommendations will be the basis of the upcoming XXth AIDP International Congress of Penal Law in Rome (2019). They will concentrate on two core questions: How effectively can such alternative systems control economic crime, and what human rights guarantees should they contain?


Since the conference is limited to about 170 leading experts in the field of economic crime, participation is primarily based on personal invitations and a regime of rolling admissions and the principle of first come and first served. It would be a pleasure and honour for us if you would participate! If you would like to attend, please register, using the following online registration form:, as early as possible in order to get a place.

In case of your participation, please also book your hotel soon, since in June the tourist season will already start in Freiburg.

For detailed information on all organisational questions, please see the tab link above on organisational details ("Organisation").



Please find here the current programme versions for the:





Organisational Conference Details for Participants


I.       Registration

Please register by using our online conference registration tool:

II.      Programme

Under the tab "Programme" (see above), you will find updated versions of the different conference programme sheets.

III.    Conference Venue(s) and Shuttle Service

The first part (conference for a wider audience) from 18-20 June 2018 will take place at the FORUM Merzhausen (Dorfstraße 1, 79249 Merz­hau­sen/Germany), close to the centre of Freiburg.

All other conference parts (see below under "VI. Accompanying Events": closed colloquium from 20-21 June, symposium for young penalists from 22-23 June, and the workshop for special invited experts) will be held at the Max Planck Institute (Günterstalstraße 73, 79100 Freiburg/Germany).

There will be free shuttle service from one central location (close to the four hotels on the list below) to each individual venue in the morning of any conference day – and back in the evening.

IV.    Meals and Refreshments during the breaks

Meals (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) as well as drinks will be provided for free during the conference breaks (coffee breaks, lunch) of all AIDP events as well as on Monday and Wednesday evening (working dinner).

Breakfast should be included in most of the hotels (please make sure this is true of your hotel).

V.      Hotel Selection and Booking

Please book your hotel room as soon as possible, either directly at a hotel (contact data: see tab "Hotel" above) or via any online booking website.

Early booking is highly recommended in order to guarantee an accommodation of your choice.

VI.    Accompanying Events

Immediately following the General Conference, a second event a closed ‘Special Colloquium’ (beginning Wednesday evening, 20 June, and continuing through Thursday afternoon, 21 June) will be held for speakers, reporters, and a few special guests – a retreat during which conclusions and recommendations for the XXth AIDP International Congress in Rome (2019) will be discussed.

On Friday, 22 June, two further events will commence at the Max Planck Institute:


  • The Fifth AIDP Symposium for Young Penalists on "Criminal Justice and Corporate Business" will be hosted (continuing through Saturday, 23 June).
  • A small Expert Meeting (Workshop) for the preparation of the resolutions of all four sections to be presented at XXth AIDP International Congress of Penal Law on “Criminal Justice and Corporate Business” in Rome will take place (Friday only and exclusively on invitation by the AIDP).


For registrations for any of these events, please use the following tool:





In order to:


  1. register as a user in the conference management system (i.e. to create an account) and to
  2. enrol (i.e. sign up for participation) in an AIDP event (Conference, Colloquium, Symposium, Workshop),

please use our online registration tool "ConfTool":






Hotel Selection and Booking


Please book your hotel room as soon as possible, either directly at a hotel (contact data: see tab "Hotel" above) or via any online booking website. Hotel accommodation may be arranged either in the city centre of Freiburg, close to the central train station (we recommend Novotel, Park Hotel Post, or Best Western Premier Hotel Victoria), or in one of the smaller guesthouses in Merzhausen, close to our conference venue (with a fast 15-minute bus connection to the centre of Freiburg). That means, you can book your hotel either via our special congress online tool (see above) from a pre-selected list of hotels or via any online booking website.


There are several options concerning the choice / location / quality of your hotel:

A) In terms of proximity to Freiburg City, the following hotels are in close vicinity to one another and to the Freiburg central train station, so they are particularly convenient if you are arriving by train and/or would like to use our shuttle service from hotel to venue and back; they are also closer to the Max Planck Institute (where all three other events aside from the General Conference will take place):

     Best Western Premier Hotel Victoria****
Eisenbahnstraße 54
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49-761-207340
Fax: +49-761-20734444

     Park Hotel Post - Garni****
Eisenbahnstraße 35/37
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49-761-385480
Fax: +49-761-31680

     Central Hotel Freiburg ***
Wasserstraße 6
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Tel.: +49-761-3197-0
Fax: +49-761-3197-100

     Novotel Freiburg am Konzerthaus Hotel****
Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 2
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49-761-38890
Fax: +49-761-3889100


B) In terms of proximity to the conference venue (FORUM Merzhausen, Mon–Wed), there are three smaller accommodations nearby: two of these are very close to / directly opposite the venue where the General Conference (Mon–Wed) will take place; the third is also in the vicinity of the venue (a seven-minute walk away):

1.  Gasthaus “Grüner Baum” (***guesthouse)       
Address: Hexentalstr. 35    
79249 Merzhausen  
Fax: +49-761-888-680-22
(starting from € 63,- p.p./night, incl. breakfast)

2.  Hotel “Beim Hirschen” (***guesthouse)
Address: Friedhofweg 3     
79249 Merzhausen  
Tel. +49-761-400-81-0
Fax: +49-761-400-81-40
Mobile: +49-171-5340220
(starting from € 77,- p.p./night, excl. breakfast)

3.  Landgasthof “Frohe Einkehr” (***guesthouse)
Address: Alte Str. 23
79249 Merzhausen
Fax: +49-761-4033-87
(starting from € 102,- p.p./night, incl. breakfast)

All three guesthouses can be found via online booking websites by entering “Merzhausen (Baden-Württemberg)” as your destination.

Another nearby hotel (not yet included in our list) is the “Green City Hotel Vauban” (1 km walking distance from the Merzhausen venue).


C) In terms of quality: There is one five-star hotel in Freiburg (“Colombi Hotel”), starting from € 204,- p.p./night (excl. breakfast).


For all hotels / guesthouses, we would like to advise you of the following: 

Early booking is highly recommended in order to guarantee an accommodation of your choice.

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