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Issue 2018

MaxPlanckResearch 3/2018

Russian roulette with mental health

In no other federal state are as many people admitted to psychiatric units against their will as in Bavaria: the numbers add up to around 60,000 a year, almost two and a half times as many as in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Now the free state is revising the corresponding legislation. As in other federal states, this law will in future be known as the Psychisch-Kranken-Hilfe-Gesetz (Act on Assistance for Persons with Mental Illness). However, our author is critical of the new regulations and does not believe that they provide appropriate support for persons with psychiatric disorders. On the contrary, these patients are classified as a danger to the public.

MaxPlanckResearch 2/2018

Anti-Espionage Strategies

The competition isn’t sleeping, it’s spying. And especially small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly falling victim to criminal competitors or being targeted by foreign intelligence services. Nevertheless, most cases remain shrouded in mystery. Michael Kilchling and his team at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg are now attempting to shed some light on the phenomenon. Together with colleagues at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, they are conducting research into the scale of industrial espionage in Germany, how companies are combating it and how the authorities could better support them in their efforts.

Issue 2011

MPR 4 /2011

Police Under Observation
Time and again, young people in Europe’s cities are taking to the streets to battle with the police, as happened this summer in Great Britain. Most of these riots have one trigger, but multiple causes. One of the factors can be the way in which the police treat young people. To delve a little deeper, Dietrich Oberwittler and Daniela Hunold at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg are comparing circumstances in Germany and France. Their results are surprising.
Issue 2008

MPR 4 /2008

Where the World Seeks Redress
For the past decade, individuals, too, can be summoned to
The Hague – chosen after World War I as the seat of the
International Court of Justice – to be called to account for
international crimes.

MPR 3 /2008

Hatred Behind Bars
Youth violence directed at those who are different or foreign has many root causes, and can hardly be combated with draconian punishment.

MPR 1 /2008

Police Dragnets Catch Few Fish
Criminologist Dirk Pehl analyzes the practice and success of this investigation method. According to his findings, it is worthwhile only in preparing large-scale DNA tests.
Issue 2007
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