Thomas Fischer

  • Pleasure and punishment?
  • How sexuality and criminal law are connected
  • Lecture

Criminal law determines what is “normal” and what is “deviant”, punishable sexual behavior. But where exactly does that line run? In his new book Sex and Crime (2021), the former presiding judge of the Federal Court of Justice shows that the question of “guilt” and “disease” in sexual criminal law is much more complex than the political and social discussion suggests. For the criminal law definition of rape and abuse, for example, is also a mirror of moral, economic and political power relations.
When does the state have the right to control the intimate sphere? When does it not? Where does sexual criminal law need reform?

Lawyer Thomas Fischer is a former federal judge, author of the popular Die Zeit column “Fischer im Recht” and author of several books, such as On Punishing: Law and Security in Democratic Society (2018).

In the series Smart Sex?


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