University of Münster

The University of Münster was founded in 1780. With its 43,000 students and 15 faculties it is one of Germany’s largest universities, offering 120 subjects in more than 280 courses of study. The university is characterized by a broad range of key research areas including the humanities, law, business administration, natural sciences, mathematics and medicine. It has established more than 550 partnership agreements with universities and educational establishments all over the world, from Enschede in the neighbouring Netherlands to Beijing in China. The university’s faculties are spread over the entire city. Many departments and lecture halls (including the conference venue) are located in the city’s old town.

Criminology in Münster

The hosting Criminology Department at Münster University is, as usual in Germany, part of the Institute of Penal Sciences (the penal law group) within the law faculty.

One full professor, three post-doc and three doctoral scholars (criminologists, lawyers and social scientists) are teaching mainly law students in criminology, and also in juvenile justice, corrections and criminal procedural law.

The law faculty, with over 5,000 students one of the largest in Germany, is greatly acknowledged among scholars and practitioners and very attractive for students.
The criminology department was founded in 1971 when Hans Joachim Schneider was appointed professor of criminology. In 1998 Klaus Boers became the department’s professor of criminology.

The department’s research focus is on life-course criminology.

Since 2002 we conduct an ongoing panel study (Crime in modern Cities) together with the Department of Quantitative Methods in Social Research at the University of Bielefeld ( Besides developmental and methodological analyses, this longitudinal study allows investigations of particular criminological and policy interest, e.g. normative orientations, peer association,
parental education, consumption of violent media, migration, lifestyles, school climate, impact of formal control interventions or in cooperation with the Cambridge Institute of Criminology a comparison between the English and German juvenile justice system.

A second research focus is on corporate crime. A larger qualitative case study has been carried out on the privatization of former state owned enterprises in East Germany. Currently, we are investigating the impact of penal control on corporate compliance.
The department’s scholars are active members of the ESC-working groups on development and life-course criminology, organisational
crime, quantitative methods, juvenile justice and on immigration.
In September 2017 we will also be hosting the conference of the Society of German, Austrian and Swiss Criminologists with a plenary focus on migration and refugees, islamic and rightwing radicalisation, and economic crime as well as environmental crime.