Research Abstract

Professor Andreas von Hirsch

  • Emeritus Honorary Professor of Penal Theory and Penal Law, Cambridge University
  • Honorary Professor of Penal Law, Faculty of Law, Goethe-University, Frankfurt
  • Director, Forschungsstelle für Strafrechtstheorie und Strafrechtsethik, Law Faculty, Goethe-University, Frankfurt
  • Director, Centre for Penal Theory & Penal Ethics, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University


Honorary Fellow, Wolfson College


Research Abstract

Professor von Hirsch's special interests are criminal sentencing theory, philosophy of the criminal law, and ethical aspects of crime prevention policies. A second area of interest is criminalisation: what kinds of conduct should be prohibited by the criminal law, and for what reasons. A third area of interest is ethical issues in crime prevention. In this area, Professor von Hirsch has written on such issues as closed-circuit television surveillance and rights to anonymity in public space, restrictions on access to public space, and civil disqualifications attending conviction.