Professor Shawn Boyne to discuss research into German prosecution service on March 4

  • March 3, 2014



INDIANAPOLIS -- Professor Shawn Boyne will discuss her book, "The German Prosecution Service: Guardians of the Law?" during a Faculty Book Talk on Tuesday at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom in Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. A reception and book signing will take place at 6 p.m. in the atrium.

Acclaimed as the “the most objective prosecutors in the world,” the German prosecution service has long attracted the attention of comparative law scholars. At first glance, the institutional position and statutory mandate of German prosecutors indicate that that reputation is well-deserved. But the introduction of charge bargaining has opened the door to criticism that German prosecutors have abandoned their role of objective decision-makers.

Using interview data collected from interviews with German prosecutors themselves as well as quantitative data, Boyne’s book uses the actual voices of German prosecutors to show how real-world constraints, rather than changes in the law, undermine the ability of German prosecutors to objectively seek the truth.

Boyne is co-chair of the Global Crisis Leadership Forum, a Dean’s Fellow and a DRIVE Fellow at IU McKinney. Her research interests span the intersection of criminal law, politics and culture. Boyne’s book was published by Springer Publishing in November 2013.

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. It carries with it one hour of Indiana continuing legal education credit.

For more information, contact Beth Young at Registration is available online.

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