Julia Maria Schropp

Julia Maria Schropp, M.A.




Curriculum Vitae

  • Since October 2010: graduate student at Ruhr-Universität Bochum; thesis on „Schuld und Bestrafung – die Diskussion um Schuld- und Präventionsprinzip im deutschen Strafrecht“ (Guilt and punishment – the discussion on retributive or utilitarian concepts concerning German Criminal Law ”).
  • Since April 2007: scientific associate at SK-Stiftung CSC – Cologne Science Center.
  • October 2006-April 2007: internship at SK-Stiftung CSC – Cologne Science Center; exhibition concept, project management, controlling.
  • 2003-2004: study abroad at King’s College/University of London; Philosophy and European Studies.
  • 2001-2006: studies of Philosophy and Cultural Sciences at Humboldt-University of Berlin; academic degree: Magister Artium in April 2006; master’s thesis on „‚Dichten und Denken‘. Hölderlins Fichte-Rezeption in Jena“ (“‘Writing and reasoning. The adoption of Fichtes ideas by Hölderlin).
  • 1999-2001: studies of Cultural Sciences and Philosophy at University of Hildesheim; prediploma in September 2001. 

Short Presentation of the PhD Project

Schuld und Bestrafung – die Diskussion um Schuld- und Präventionsprinzip im deutschen Strafrecht

(Guilt and punishment – the discussion on retributive or utilitarian concepts concerning German Criminal Law)

Till today it remains a serious discussion as to whether guilt is a justifiable and sustainable concept for legal punishment. For example the German criminal law is still based on the concept of culpability. The core of the question is to constitute the formal and the material conditions to accuse somebody of being guilty. There is not only a discussion on a sustainable concept of guilt concerning the legal practice, but also concerning the general justifying aim regarding of the practice of punishment. With life imprisonment the criminal law has the hardest criminal sanctions available that the German State can administer to its citizens. Therefore there has to be a persuasive theory to legitimate criminal sanctions by the concept of guilt. Concepts based on just desert as that of culpability class with retributive theories and they are confronted with utilitarian theories on legal punishment. To decide as to whether guilt is a justifiable concept for legal punishment this thesis analyses the concept of guilt. Amongst others, key questions thereby are the achievements of the concept of guilt as opposed to a concept of prevention and the impact of the free will debate. On a theoretical chapter discussing these key questions follows a chapter focusing on the legal practice. This part analyses the grounds of excuse on the basis of court decisions and example cases in order to extrapolate what the German criminal law understands by guilt. With this approach, the legal practice to accuse somebody of being guilty can be compared with the concept of guilt that is discussed within the theoretical chapter to develop a justifiable and sustainable concept of culpability.