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Humboldt Research Award Presented to Mordechai Kremnitzer, Professor of Criminal Law at Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Professor Mordechai Kremnitzer Conducts Research at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 9/2010 from Jan 13, 2010

Freie Universität Berlin is again host to a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award. The 2009 Research Award has been presented to Professor Mordechai Kremnitzer, a renowned Israeli legal scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, honoring him for outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Professor Klaus Hoffmann-Holland, who holds a chair in criminology and criminal law at the Dept. of Law, is Professor Kremnitzer's host during his stay at Freie Universität Berlin.

Since 1972, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Awards have been presented to internationally renowned scholars in recognition of a lifetime of academic achievement. The research award is endowed with 60,000 euros.

Prof. Kremnitzer’s work has decidedly influenced international research into human rights. In particular, he has provided important contributions to the global debate on security, offering key inputs in identifying solutions for complex and much-discussed issues. His main areas of research include the relationship between terrorism and democracy. During his research at Freie Universität Berlin, which may last up to a year, Prof. Kremnitzer will focus on how comparative criminal law can further develop international criminal law and, conversely, how comparative criminal law may be influenced by international criminal law.

Prof. Kremnitzer has already been honored with numerous Israeli and international prizes. His expertise and knowledge is reflected in many Israel Supreme Court rulings and he has served as an advisor on constitutional issues to various government bodies, including the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. In addition, Prof. Kremnitzer has served as the Academic Director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights in Jerusalem, Chairperson of the Israeli Association of Public Law, and President of the Israeli Press Council. He is also Vice President of the Israel Democracy Institute in Jerusalem, a highly regarded independent think tank.

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Klaus Hoffmann-Holland, Chair in Criminology and Criminal Law
Department of Law, Freie Universität Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-54090, Email: kriminologie@fu-berlin.de