Research report 2005 - Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law

Participation in crime: Criminal liability of leaders of criminal groups and networks – A comparative legal analysis

Sieber, Ulrich; Koch, Hans-Georg; Simon, Jan-Michael

Strafrecht (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Sieber)
MPI für ausländ. und internat. Strafrecht, Freiburg

Crimes orchestrated by well-isolated “persons behind the scenes” and carried out within the framework of complex organizational structures pose special challenges to both the theory and the practice of criminal law. Important cases within this context are the crimes committed in civil wars. The prosecution of the crimes committed in the Balkans before the Yugoslavia Tribunal provided the incentive for a comprehensive comparative legal study of over forty criminal justice systems. The innovative approach taken by this research project combines the examination of theoretical underpinnings with an analysis of hypothetical case scenarios.

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