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Name of the organisation: University of Greifswald
Address: Domstr. 20, D-17487 Greifswald/Germany
Tel: ++49-3834-862138
Fax: ++49-3834-862155
Web site:
Name of the
contact person:
Prof. Dr. Frieder Dünkel
Function: Professor
Tel: ++49-3834-862138
Fax: ++49-3834-862155
E-mail: [email protected]
Name of the
contact person:
Moritz von der Wense
Function: Ph.D. student
Tel: +49-3834-862139
Fax: +49-3834-862155
E-mail: [email protected]
Type of organisation:
  • University
University of Greifswald covers all classic faculties and studies. The partner is head of the Department of Criminology, which is attached to the Faculty of Law and Business Administration. The University was founded in 1456 and has about 12,500 students (2012), of them about 1,500 in Law.
EXPERIENCE IN PREVIOUS PROJECTS Frieder Dünkel, born 1950 in Karlsruhe/Germany, studied law at the universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg/Germany. His Ph. D. in 1979 dealt with an empirical research on the effectiveness of therapeutic treatment in prisons. From 1979 until 1992 he worked as a researcher at the Max-Plank-Institute of Foreign and International Penal Law, Criminological Unit, in Freiburg (with Prof. Günther Kaiser). The subject of his Ph.D. was “Recidivism after social-therapeutic treatment in Tegel prison” (1979). The subject of his “Habilitation” in 1989 was “Juvenile imprisonment and other forms of deprivation of liberty in an international comparison”. Since 1992 he teaches criminology, penology, juvenile justice, criminal procedure and criminal law at the University of Greifswald in the north-east of Germany.

The research at the department of criminology covers a wide range of empirical studies in juvenile criminology, penology, prisons and community sanctions, alcohol and drunk driving, human rights etc. (see He conducted several empirical research projects funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Association), Volkswagen-Foundation, Federal Ministry of Justice, Bonn, Ministry of Culture and Education, Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania and the European Commission (several AGIS-projects such as on women’s’ imprisonment in Europe and currently on long-term imprisonment in Europe), etc. (Total sum of funding since 1993: ca. 12 Bill. €).

He has widely published in these areas (until 15 December 2012: 34 books and 464 articles, publications in German, Chinese, English, French, Hungarian, Spanish, Catalonian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Czech and Japanese language). He is co-editor of the Journal “Neue Kriminalpolitik” since 1989, and of the “European Journal of Criminology” (since 2003).

He has organised many international conferences and expert seminars on juvenile justice issues and on prison systems internationally compared. He has been a member of the Criminological Scientific Council of the Council of Europe 1998-2004, 2001-2007 as its president.

Since 1994 he has co-ordinated several Tempus-projects funded by the European Union. The subject of these projects was the reorganisation of law education in Sibirian law faculties (Krasnojarsk, Irkutsk, Barnaul, Omsk, Tomsk, organised together with the University of Tilburg/Netherlands), furthermore he co-ordinates Socrates exchange programmes with about 40 universities in Western and Eastern Europe and teaches courses in German, English and French in several European universities (Bern/CH, Nottingham/GB, Pau, Bayonne-Biarritz, Agen, Aix-en-Provence/F, Catania, Padua/I, Tomsk, Krasnojarsk/RUS).

Moritz von der Wense, born 1985 in Bückeburg/Germany, studied law at the universities of Greifswald/Germany and Tartu/Estonia and specialized in Criminology. For his Ph.D. thesis he is carrying out empirical research on structural variance and quality of certain treatment programmes in German youth prisons.
CONTRIBUTIONS THAT CAN BE PROVIDED TO THE PROJECT Comparative research on the legal situation and the practice on the treatment of high risk offenders in the countries involved in the project and beyond. Evaluation of the activities of the JCN.