The “Kriminologisches Journal” (KrimJ) is a quarterly scientific journal which is published by Beltz-Juventa. The journal features original scientific articles, discussion papers, practice and research reports on criminological theory and practice in German and English language. The thematic focus is on critical approaches to the structures and measures of social control bodies. All manuscripts undergo selective editorial and peer-review assessment prior to acceptance for publication. The peer-review process is strictly anonymous.

The “Kriminologisches Journal” is available both in print and online. Single issues and subscriptions are available at Beltz Juventa.

Issue 1/2022



Special Issue "Crimmigration - the Merger of Crime and Migration"











Crimmigration: the Merger of Crime and Migration. Editorial to the Special Issue (English)

Martina Althoff & Christine Graebsch

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Full papers

Crimmigration and Pre-Crime in German Law. Connecting the International Debate to the German National (Legal) Context (English)

Christine Graebsch

The point of departure for current inter- and transdisciplinary debates on “crimmigration” is a critical legal perspective that transcends disciplinary boundaries within the law and dares to look at criminal law and migration law as a unified whole. The article will focus on how these areas of law interact with each other to result in infringements of the procedural rights of the foreign nationals concerned. While the article acknowledges the importance of international approaches to border criminologies derived from the crimmigration debate, it calls for the relevance of legal practice and legitimizing normative programs in crimmigration law not to be overlooked. This applies especially in the national context of Germany, where this perspective is still largely absent. Examples of such an analysis that takes the law seriously as a powerful (discursive) practice are provided.

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Getting to the Core of Crimmigration. The Imagined Reality that is Schengen (English)

Maartje van der Woude

The increased global movement of people continues to be a challenge to the European Union. As argued in the article, the European Union and in particular the Schengen Area should be seen as an imagined space of free movement and easy crossings of internal borders. A space that, on paper, is presented as such but which, in reality, is a space that can be travelled freely and without encountering bordering practices only by those who are not seen as the crimmigrant other. By reflecting on the interrelationship between the phenomenon of crimmigration and the notion of discretion, this article provides a somewhat grim critique of one of the main pillars of the European Union.

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Inside the State, against the State. The Critical Use of Legal Means by NGO Advocates inside French Immigration Detention Centres (English)

Nicolas Fischer

Drawing on document analysis and ethnographic fieldwork, this paper analyzes the tensions and paradoxes experienced by lawyers from an independent Human Rights organisation who daily work inside a French immigration detention centre, and provide legal relief to deportable immigrants awaiting their forced removal. On the one hand, these lawyers are activists who see their own job as one of critical advocacy which leads them to legally challenge deportation orders before court. But this mission, on the other hand, is an official one, and compels them to join the regular team of the centre and accept its rules. This strictly legalist perspective is both a strength and a limit to their everyday action, and modifies their capacity to change the fate of detained immigrants.

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Conference Report

Crimmigration. On the Merger of Crime Control and Migration Control. Bericht zum Workshop vom 12. Oktober 2021. (Schorsch)

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Book Reviews

Katja Franko: The Crimmigrant Other. Migration and Penal Power (Redman)

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Open-Access publications

Open Access publications

From issue 1/2022 onwards all English-language papers published in the Kriminologisches Journals will be made available as open access papers. The papers can be downloaded from the publisher's homepage or via content-select. Additionally the download links can be found if you click on the respective issues.

German papers can also be published via open access within the framework of the usual conditions of our publisher Beltz Juventa.

Changes on the Editorial Board

New editors-in-chief of the Kriminologisches Journal

As of Issue 2/2021the position of editor-in-chief passed over from Meropi Tzanetakis to Christine Graebsch and Jens Puschke.

Drugs and Digital Technologies

Call for Abstracts for a special issue of the KrimJ

Illicit drug markets are undergoing a significant transformation: digital technologies have a profound influence on how illicit drugs are accessed, and they have also changed information- sharing about drugs. In addition, the proliferation of information and communication technologies has changed law enforcement activity. Digitalisation also comes with rapid changes in communicative environments across time and geographic location. While online forums and other internet resources have massively increased the amount of available information and discourse on psychoactive substances for more than two decades, mobile phones, encrypted platforms, cryptocurrencies, social media and messaging applications have recently diversified the ways in which illicit drugs are distributed. This diversity includes hybrid forms of distribution, e.g. using social media applications to make physical appointments.


New Editorial Board

New Editors of the Kriminologisches Journal

As of January 1st 2021 the Editorial Board of the Kriminologisches Journal consists of Prof. Dr. Jens Puschke LL.M, Dr. Meropi Tzanetakis, Dr. Simon Egbert, Prof. Dr. Christine Graebsch, Prof. Dr. Dörte Negnal und Dr. Bernd Werse.