Administration of Justice

Federal Ministry of Justice

Provides detailed descriptions of the structure and functions of the Ministry. Also includes numerous PDF reports concerning criminal justice topics relevant to the Ministry. In English and German.

Ministry of the Interior - Baden-Wurttemberg

Official site of the Ministry of the Interior for Baden-Wurttemberg. In German.

Ministry of the Justice - Bavaria

Official site of the Ministry of the Justice for Bavaria. In German.

Ministry of the Justice - Brandenburg

Official site of the Ministry of the Justice for Brandenburg, with additional information on In German.

Corruption & Fraud

Cybercrime Legislation

These profiles have been prepared within the framework of the Council of Europe’s Project on Cybercrime in view of sharing information on cybercrime legislation and assessing the current state of implementation of the Convention on Cybercrime under national legislation.

Crime Prevention

German Forum for Crime Prevention - Deutsches Forum fur Kriminalpravention

The German Forum for Crime Prevention is a charitable foundation, and is the national service and information centre for crime prevention in Germany.  The main areas of work of the foundation are: to conduct studies within the field of primary prevention of hate crime and violent crime, as well as to pursue the project "safe neighborhoods" to ensure safety in the areas where people live and go about their daily business.  The website includes access to various publications, as well as abstracts of articles published in the foundation journal "forum Kriminalpraevention."  A full English version of the website is under construction.

Drugs & Alcohol

European Monitoring Centre of Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) - Country Overview

The EMCDDA country overview provides a structure synopsis of the trends and characteristics of national drug problems. It consists of a summary of the national drug situation, key statistics at a glance and a barometer showing the drug use prevalence position of Germany.

Institute für Therapieforschung
(Institute for Therapy Research)

Relates pertinent information regarding the use, misuse and abuse of licit and illicit drugs in Germany, including the prevalence of its use and deaths resulting from use.  Also available in English.

Deutsche Hauptstelle Gegen die Suchtgefahren (in German)

Supplies detailed information about the use of alcohol, marijuana, cocain, amphetamines and heroin in Germany and how trends in the uses of these drugs have changed over the past couple of years. Also available in Spanish and English.

Juvenile Justice

Ministry for Families, the Aged, Women and Youth

Site provides information on youth-related legislation, programs and policies.  Also provides publications on research funded by the Ministry. German only.

Law & the Courts

Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Supreme Court)

Provides a description of the Court and its organization. In German.

Bundesgerichtshof (Constitutional Court)

Provides information as to the form and function of the Court and provides links to decisions and other German institutions. In English and German.

Guide to Law Online, Germany

The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the United States Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.

German Criminal Code

This link provides an English translation of the German Criminal Code, as amended on November, 5, 2008.

Police & Law Enforcement

The Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany - Bundeskriminalamt (BKA)

Site provides information about the form and function of the BKA. Also provided are searches, reports and statistics, crime sciences, information about training and jobs and links. In English, German, French, Spanish and Russian.

Portal to Official Websites of German Police Departments

This site provides links to all major German police departments. In German.

Research & Statistics

Deutsches Forum fur Kriminalpravention

The German Forum for Crime Prevention (DFK) is a service and information agency aimed at preventing crime. Site provides information on crime prevention in Germany, as well as links to other criminal justice and research organizations.  Available in German and English.

Institut für Kriminologie- Universität Tübingen (in German)

Offers information regarding current research projects.

Juristiche Linkpage Stich

Links to crime and justice related pages.  Includes online journals, databanks, texts, etc. In German only.

Kriminologisches Forschunginstitut Niedersachsen e.V.

The Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony is an independent and interdisciplinary research institution. The aim of the institute is to carry out and promote practice-oriented criminological research.  KFN's research reports are available on-line.

Kriminologische Zentralstelle (Center for Criminology)

Contains information about research in criminology in Germany. Gives a background of the Center in German and English and details projects that are underway (in German) in addition to including abstracts of publications that can be purchased (in German).

Max Planck Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht
(Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Law)

Provides project descriptions and background information regarding the Institute. German and English.