Research at the Chair of Strafrecht und Strafprozessrecht is based on three pillars:
Criminal Law, Digital Transformation, and IT Security: The digital transformation - and the increasing use of digital technology, including the so-called 'artificial intelligence' - uncovers a number of fundamental questions of criminal law and criminal justice, including 'cybercrime', 'digital evidence', and 'IT security'. These need to be addressed in an interdisciplinary dialogue - in particular with IT security researchers -, fully taking the European, international and constitutional frameworks into account. Based on such an understanding, the digital transformation is an opportunity for criminal justice, and the understanding of criminal law.
Criminal Justice and the European Idea: Crime - and criminal justice - is ever more intertwined on an international and especially on a European level. As criminal justice is fragile, European Criminal Justice must focus on the European Idea and the values enshrined in Article 2 TEU, in particular the rule of law, the protection of human and fundamental rights as well as fundamental freedoms. The consequences of the Covid-19-Pandemic and now of the Russian aggression against Ukraine challenge the European Idea - also with respect to European Criminal Justice.
Foundations and Frontiers of Criminal Justice: To analyze and assess the dynamics of criminal justice and its current challenges, it is necessary to focus on the foundations and frontiers of criminal justice, and to employ a research strategy which takes up the constitutional framework for criminal justice and the interdependencies with other domains of law - and science.