Conference on Crime and Punishment


Eastern and Western Perspectives
on Recent and Fundamental Criminological Questions


Heidelberg University

Neue Universität, Grabengasse/Universitätsplatz

March 4th to 6th, 2020


The Institute of Criminology of Heidelberg University and the Faculty of Applied Psychology – Legal Psychology of SRH Hochschule Heidelberg, cooperating with Polotsk State University, Republic of Belarus, will host an international criminological conference, titled “Crime and Punishment", from March 4th to 6th, 2020.

The conference’s main goal is to connect the highly separated spheres of criminological research in Eastern and Western Europe by providing insights into research culture, research projects and their results. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity for academic networking beyond the usual geographical scope. The conference focuses on seven topics. Each topic will be discussed by speakers from Eastern and Western Europe. Participants are invited to join the discussions after the presentations:

1.    Victimization within Families and Partnerships
2.    Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church
3.    Cybercrime
4.    Expert Witness Testimony
5.    Human Rights
6.    Sanctions and Measures
7.    Effects of Punishment

Keynote talks will be given by Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Kerner (Institute of Criminology, University of Tübingen, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Yakov Gilinskiy (Criminal Law Department at Russian State Pedagogical University of Herzen, St. Petersburg, Russia), a final address by Prof. Dr. Irina Vegera (Faculty of Law, Polotsk State University, Belarus).

On the first day, a joint research team from Germany and Belarus will present a recent study on attitudes towards crime and punishment in different European countries that is still unpublished.

The conference will be located at the very centre of Heidelberg’s picturesque Old Town – a guided city tour will be available on the first day. Options for lunch at the University’s cafeteria will be provided.

Please take notice of the programme link below. For registration, please follow the registration link below.


Call for Posters

We kindly invite interested guests, especially young researchers, to participate in a poster session that will take place at the conference location. Please apply by sending a preliminary title of your poster and a short summary to until December 15th, 2019.

A maximum of 20 posters will be accepted. The successful applicants will be exempted from the attendance fee. For further information, please follow the link.


Attendance Fee

Online Registration (until February 25, 2020)


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