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National Criminal Law

In national criminal law, we concentrate on the problems of substantive law and legal procedure.

One particular focus is on the currently planned reform of criminal procedure. Our summary of a draft bill presented by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection at the end of May 2016 can be found here (in German).

With regard to substantive law, our research concentrates primarily on the problems surrounding crimes causing death and guilt. The relevant provisions are commented by Professor Christoph Safferling in the Annotated Commentary on the German Criminal Code (StGB) edited by Holger Matt and Joachim Renzikowski. The publication of the second edition of this book is planned for 2017; for the publisher’s announcement, click here.

In 2014, Professor Safferling was appointed by the Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Protection, Heiko Maas, to a group of experts on the reform of crimes causing death. This group submitted its extensive final report to the Minister in June 2015. The full text of the report (in German) is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Justice.

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