Alexander Benz

Alexander Benz
Foto: Josef Matoussi

Research Fellow

Contact information

+49 6421 28-23139 alexander.benz@ 1 Universitätsstraße 7
35032 Marburg
U|02 Landgrafenhaus (Room: +3/0150)

Organizational unit

Philipps-Universität Marburg Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Kriegsverbrecherprozesse (ICWC)
  • Dissertation project "Need for Reform of the StPO with Regard to International Criminal Law Proceedings" (working title)

    In this project, special attention is paid to the demand that the German Code of Criminal Procedure (StPO) be revised with regard to international criminal proceedings in order to better take account of their particular requirements. A central element of the dissertation is an investigation of such proceedings before the State Security Senate of the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt, which were located in the context of international criminal law. For this purpose, the daily reports produced by the Trial-Monitoring Programme of the ICWC at the Philipps University Marburg within the framework of trial observation will be evaluated by means of a qualitative secondary analysis. In order to verify the findings gained from this analysis, qualitative interviews with the parties involved in the proceedings are envisaged. After evaluation of the material, an attempt will be made to develop and discuss solutions to the problems identified.

  • Scientific fields of interest and main areas of activity at the Research Centre

    International criminal law, criminal procedural law, core criminal law, criminology, qualitative empiricism. Especially interested in the overlapping points of these disciplines, as well as in the interdisciplinary work itself. In addition, (professional) co-supervision of the Trial-Monitoring Programme, as well as activities in the conception and implementation of the ICWC teaching activities.

  • Curriculum vitae

    Since 02/2019 PhD candidate at the Department of Law at Philipps University
    Since 10/2018 Research associate at the ICWC / Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law, International Criminal Law and Comparative Law held by Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bock
    10/2018 Completion of the First State Examination in Law ("Erstes Juristische Staatsexamen")
    05/2017 Hessian University Prize for Excellence in Teaching for the Trial-Monitoring Programme (together with Ronja Seggelke, Nicolai Bülte, Paco Pawolleck and Tobias Römer)
    03/2017 - 09/2018 Student assistant within the operative management of the Trial-Monitoring Programme
    02/2016 - 09/2018 Member of the operative management of the Trial-Monitoring Programme
    10/2015 - 02/2016 Trial observer at the ECCC in Cambodia, Insternship at the WSD Handa Center at Stanford University in Cambodia (
    09/2015 Completion of the training in the Trial-Monitoring Programme
    10/2012 - 10/2018 Studied law at Philipps University Marburg with a focus on national and international criminal justice

  • Publications

    Fortgeschrittenenklausur: Die große Corona-Sause, Falllösung, in: Zeitschrift für das Juristische Studium (ZJS) 4/2021, p. 522 et seqq.
    Commentary (Fitness to Stand Trial), in: André Klip, Steven Freeland (Hrsg.), Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals – The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia 2013-2016, Vol. 68, Intersentia, Cambridge 2021, forthcoming (together with Stefanie Bock).
    Commentary (Interim Release), in: André Klip, Steven Freeland (Hrsg.), Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals – The International Criminal Court 2014, Vol. 63, Intersentia, Cambridge 2021, p. 374 et seqq. (together with Stefanie Bock).
    Globales Unrecht, lokal ahnden? - Analyse und Kritik der Verfahren unter dem Völkerstrafgesetzbuch, in: Wissenschaft und Frieden (W&F) 2021-2, p. 33 et seqq.
    Probleme des rechtfertigenden und des entschuldigenden Notstands (§§ 34, 35 StGB) bei der Programmierung autonomer Fahrzeuge, in: Marburg Law Review (MLR) 2020, p. 52 et seqq.
    The Relation between National Law and ECHR in Regard to the Issues of Agent Provocateur and Preventive Detention in Germany, in: H.-D. Horn and S. Bock (eds.), On the Correlation between National and International Law. EPUB, Marburg 2020, p. 88 et seqq., available at (20.05.2020).
    The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia - Buchrezension, in: ZIS 2016, p. 876 et seqq. (together with Ken Eckstein, Tobias Römer).
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