Lecture Series "Anglo-American Criminal Law and Justice"

Trayvon Martin, Diren Dede, Oscar Pistorius – within the last two years, these three names became tantamount to criminal trials widely covered by German media, even though the trials took place abroad. In this context, issues of Anglo-American criminal law received the attention of the German general public: The killings of Trayvon Martin and Diren Dede led to a comparison of German and US self-defence law; in the Pistorius case Frankfurt criminal law professor Lüderssen recognised an interconnectivity of two defences/mistakes negating the mental element, which in his view – transferred to the German context – was nothing less than a „small doctrinal sensation“.

Against this background of a growing interest in Anglo-American Criminal Law and Justice, the lecture series will address the basic concepts and foundations of both the Anglo-American Criminal Law and Criminal Justice System in comparison to the German system. From a civil law, especially German, perspective, Anglo-American Criminal Law lacks a clear systematisation. This may be partly due to the fact that it is not codified in a criminal code but instead made up of unwritten law and a multitude of separate acts, and that its most important source of law is traditional common law. Thus, it is left to criminal law scholarship to elaborate a more systematic and doctrinally coherence system.

The lecture series „Anglo-American Criminal Law and Justice“ carries on the tradition of lectures on English Criminal Law, organised by our Department in Winter Semester 2008/09 and financed by tuition fees at that time. Starting in Summer Semester 2015 and supported by students of ELSA Göttingen, the series is designed to establish a regularity of lectures on Anglo-American Criminal Law and Justice: Two to three times per Semester on a Tuesday at 6 pm, students of the Law Faculty (both undergraduate and doctoral students) will be given the unique opportunity to hear leading scholars from England and – later – the USA and Canada. These distinguished speakers are going to address major issues of Criminal Law and Justice from different perspectives, providing their audience not only with a better understanding of these issues, but also with an insight that goes far beyond the legal pitfalls of Trayvon Martin, Diren Dede and Oscar Pistorius.


Coordination: Dr. Alexander Heinze  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



Speaker: Topics:


6 p.m.


Professor John Jackson

Professor of Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham



"The Jury in Europe - Obsolete or the Future of the Criminal Justice System?“


6 p.m.


Professor Richard Vogler

Professor of Comparative Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Sussex



“The Principle of Immediacy in English Criminal Procedure”


6 p.m.


Professor Peter Duff

Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Aberdeen


“Scottish Criminal Procedure – A Mixture of Inquisitorial and Adversarial Procedure”


Frühere Veranstaltungen / Former Lectures:


Professor Paul Roberts

Professor of Criminal Jurisprudence, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham

„Conceptualising Criminal Procedure“

14.11.2017, 6 p.m., ZHG 102

Professor David Nelken

Professor of Comparative and Transnational Law in Context at King’s College London

Criminal Justice and Legal Culture“

20.06.2017, 6 p.m., ZHG 103

Professor Penny Darbyshire

Professor of Law at Kingston University London
„The Working Lives of Judges in England and Wales“

23.05.2017, 6 p.m., ZHG 103

Professor Liz Heffernan

Trinity College Dublin, School of Law
„Victim Participation in Common Law Trials - An Irish Perspective“

25.04..2017, 6 p.m., ZHG 102

Professor Jeremy Horder

Professor of Criminal Law at the London School of Economics

Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple


„Codification and Reform: Is One More Important Than The Other?“

13.12.2016, 6 p.m., ZHG009

Dr. Antje du Bois-Pedain

Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge

Deputy Director of the Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge


"Solidarität und Strafhoheit"

26.04.2016, 6 p.m., ZHG102

Professor Julian Roberts

Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford

Member of the Sentencing Council of England and Wales

Associate Editor of the European Journal of Criminology and the Canadian Journal of Criminology


"Paying for the Past: previous convictions and sentencing in Common Law Jurisdictions"

26.04.2016, 6 p.m., ZHG102

Professor Lucia Zedner

Professor of Criminal Justice

Law Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Member of the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford


„Preventive Criminal Law: Concept and Limits“

12.01.2016, 6 p.m., ZHG 102