Prof. Dr. Paul Krell takes over new chair in Criminal Law

Bucerius Law School expands research and teaching in Criminal Law

Forschung & Fakultät |

On April 1, 2021, Prof. Dr. Paul Krell took over the newly established Chair of Criminal Law in the Globalized and Digitalized Risk Society at Bucerius Law School. In addition to the two existing chairs in criminal law, a third chair will be created.

Research focus of the new chair

Modern social and economic lifestyles offer both opportunities and serious risks. These challenges can especially be seen when it comes to digitalization, which promises to play an increasingly important role in everyday life.

Hate crime on the internet or the numerous possibilities for artificial intelligence can serve as examples here. It is necessary to find answers to such questions from a criminal law perspective. This will be the research focus of Prof. Dr. Krell.

Career of Paul Krell

Krell was born in Oldenburg in 1983. After graduating high school in Hamburg in 2003, he studied from 2004 to 2009 (first in Osnabrück and then in Constance) where he passed the First State Law Examination in 2009. This was followed by his legal clerkship in Heidelberg and the Second State Law Examination in 2011.

He then worked as a research assistant to Professor Dr. Björn Burkhardt, and his successor Professor Dr. Jens Bülte, at the University of Mannheim. In 2014, he was awarded his doctorate there with a thesis supervised by Professor Dr. Lothar Kuhlen on the topic  "Disloyalty through Vacancies". Since May 1, 2015, he held a junior professorship in criminal law at Bucerius Law School.

"A great talent in teaching in research"

In addition to the expansion of the criminal law profile of Bucerius Law School, the campus community is also pleased that Professor Krell will remain with the university.

Paul Krell not only enjoys great popularity among students in undergraduate studies and exam preparation, he is also held in high esteem by the professorial staff. This is highlighted by Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Katharina Boele-Woelki, Dean of Bucerius Law School, who praises Krell as a "great talent in teaching and research". She promises, "We will offer him every opportunity to develop further."

Professor Krell: "I am very excited about the opportunity to continue my research and teaching activities at Bucerius Law School. The new chair not only offers the opportunity to continue old projects, but also allows me to tackle new research questions with improved opportunities. I am full of energy and look forward to a future together with the faculty and our students."

Bucerius Law School wishes him all the best!


Arne Lemke, translated by David Patrician