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24 UCLA J. Int'l L. Foreign Aff. 9 (2020)
The Current State and Future of Comparative Criminal Law - A German Perspective

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                         Kai Ambos*

     Comparative criminal law faces new challenges posed by the glo-
balization and internationalization of law on the one hand, and novel
threats such as terrorism and cybercrime on the other. Thus, the ques-
tion arises: is it actually possible for comparative criminal law to make
a meaningful contribution to improving citizens' security? Some funda-
mental issues need to be clarified before this question can be answered:
the concept and history of comparative criminal law (Part I), its sig-
nificance and function (Part II), its aims and methods as well as its
normative foundation (Part III), and the current state of research and
teaching in the field (Part IV). All of these points merit further atten-
tion in their own right, and to this end multiple references on each topic
are provided in the footnotes. The outlook for and future practical sig-
nificance of comparative criminal law (Part V) will depend on how the
field responds to these challenges. While this Article is written by a
German scholar and thus from a German perspective, this Article strives
to present a broader view.

        Chair for Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law and Internation-
al Criminal Law at the University of Gttingen, Germany, and Judge Kosovo Specialist
Chambers, The Hague, Netherlands. The opinions expressed in the present Article are
those of the author writing in his academic capacity. I thank Matt Dyson and Maximo
Langer for very helpful comments. I also thank my (former) student assistants Muriel
NiBle, Joschka Schlake and Robert Taeger for their research and formatting assistance, and
Margaret Hiley for her assistance in preparing this English version.

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