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Benutzerspezifische Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Bernd Heinrich

Research Focus

The focus in research and teaching on the legal doctrine of the general and the special part of the German Criminal Code is essential. In this field, extensive lecture-accompanying work materials exist (about 150 worksheets), which are constantly being updated and made available on the internet to all those interested. These fundamental studies led to the release of a textbook on Criminal Law General Part (Strafrecht Allgemeiner Teil) in 2005, now published in the 4th edition and in a new edition of Arzt/Weber’s textbook Criminal Law Special Part (Strafrecht Besonderer Teil).

In addition, particular points of emphasis in research are in the field of supplementary penal provisions, especially in weapons legislation, war weapons control legislation, explosives legislation as well as criminal law of registered associations. This substantive focus finds expression in a commentary on the respective laws in the Munich Commentary on Criminal Law, Vol. 5. Since 2008, researching on weapons legislation has further been reflected in the new edition of the standard commentary on weapons law by Steindorf (commenting on parts of the weapons law as well as the entire War Weapons Control Act).

In the field of copyright legislation the offences of the German Copyright Law (§§ 106 et seq. UrhG) naturally constitute the emphasis of scientific activity. This research work also resulted in the commentary on the German Copyright Law in the Munich Commentary on Criminal Law, Vol. 6.

Another current research focus is in the area of media criminal law. In this respect, a major academic research contribution can be found in the practical guide "Media Law" (Editor: Prof. Dr. Wandtke), now published in 2nd edition.

As part of the network east-west ("Netzwerk Ost-West") of the Faculty of Law of Humboldt University Berlin, close contacts with the Faculty of Law of the State Universities in Riga/Latvia, Kiev/Ukraine and State University in Tbilisi/Georgia were made. For the latter, there is also an intensive cooperation in a German-Georgian criminal law project together with the University of Jena funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Furthermore, there are regular research visits to Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (focus on media criminal law) and Cape Town/South Africa (focus on corruption law, money laundering).