Scholars working in the fields of criminal and penal law and criminology study the entire spectrum of criminal law, particularly through commentaries on the German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch) and written expert opinions on legal practice.
In criminal trial and criminal procedure law, legal scholars analyze a number of aspects related to criminal sentencing, such as the importance of a trial and the legitimate legal consequences of admissions of guilt. Researchers studying the penal system examine human rights alongside the living conditions and mental health of prisoners. Scholars in the field of criminology investigate the issues of why individuals commit crimes and which factors contribute to deviant behavior.
In addition, research and teaching at the Department is devoted to such subdisciplines as international criminal law, economic and environmental law, traffic law, law pertaining to misdemeanors, sanctions law, and the philosophy of criminal justice.