Above all, WELCOME to my personal Blog on Comparative Views to Sentencing and Criminal Policy between Iran and Germany!
Now, let's briefly report about motivating factors and background of this Blog; since 1999 I am studying and doing research on Iranian and Islamic Criminal Justice in the Freiburger Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. For years, the Institute has been hosting a good number of Iranian criminal lawyers and criminologists. However, despite the importance of developments in Sharia law in the context of post-revolutionary Iran for the Muslim world generally and the Middle East region in particular, until January 2003 there was no special focus on Iranian criminal law and criminology at MPI. In October 2002, with the support of Prof. Hans-Jörg Albrecht, the director of the MPI criminology department, I launched an unprecedented experiment in German-Iranian academic relations: the German-Iranian Dialogue on Crime, Criminal Justice and Criminology Project (GIDCP). The GIDCP, which aims to function as a professional medium for legal and criminological dialogue between Iran and Germany, has grown significantly during the last three years.
In addition, while the GIDCP will focus on Iran as a strategic country in the Middle East, its scope is not restricted to Iran alone; rather, it attempts to extend its activities wherever possible to the whole region.
Further, I am an advocate of a humane and rights-based criminal justice in Iran. This Weblog reflects my personal views and does not reflect the MPIs’ attitudes or policies at all. I will Blog here to kindly invite everybody to freely communicate about sentencing and sanction system in the Islamic countries of the Middle East, and in particular in Iran. I would like much through this Blog I will be able to be linked with the people who are interested in searching for an intercultural and dialogic concept of criminal justice.
I hope you find this Blog interesting. Please feel free to email me with any comments, suggestions, or news you think would help make this Blog better.
Last but not least, while inspired by Martin Luther King, I would like to loudly say: Injustice in Criminal Justice of Iran and Islam is a Threat to Criminal Justice Everywhere.
In Peace and Freedom, Hassan