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Criminal Liability of Political Decision Makers

International Conference (Munich, 27 and 28 May 2016)

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Allegations against politicians accused of having committed criminal offences in office easily attract great attention in the media. Politicians themselves even use them frequently to discredit their political opponents. This topic has not been duly addressed on an academic level so far. The conference “Criminal Liability of Political Decision Makers”, hosted by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München on 27 and 28 May 2016, is a first step in this direction.

The conference concludes a comparative law project with a special focus on economic criminal law and corruption. It was implemented by young criminal law scholars from nine European jurisdictions. At the conference in Munich, the results of the comparative legal study will be presented and discussed. Furthermore, contributions by renowned experts of criminal law and procedure will provide a broad overview of the subject. The topics include:

  • criminal liability for wasting taxpayers’ money and causing damage to public households,
  • corruption and conflicts of interest in political decision making
  • immunities and procedural particularities when politicians are being prosecuted
  • criminal liability for decisions taken in situations of state emergency and
  • misuse of criminal law and criminal proceedings in the fight for public opinion.