Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Faculty Book Talk
The German Prosecution Service: Guardians of the Law?

CLE: 1.0 Hours

Speaker: Professor Shawn Boyne
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Wynne Courtroom and Atrium,Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Beth Young at

Join us for the faculty book talk with Professor Shawn Boyne. She will be discussing her newly published book by Springer titled The German Prosecution Service: Guardians of the Law?

Springer Publications Link:

Lecture: 5:00pm

Reception & Book-Signing: 6:00pm

Registration is closed. We will accept walk-ins registration and CLE credit is still available.

About the book:

  • ​​Unique, ethnographic study of a prosecutorial decision-making that contrasts with decision-making in an adversarial system
  • Detailed quotations from German lawyers
  • Analysis of actual case studies
  • On-the-ground analysis of the German prosecution service rather than academic theory

Acclaimed as the "the most objective prosecutors in the world", the German prosecution service has long attracted the attention in the past of comparative law scholars. At first glance, the institutional position and statutory mandate of German prosecutors indicate that that reputation is well-deserved. Unfortunately, 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, the 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. The book will take readers behind closed doors where prosecutors discuss case decisions and unveil the realities of practice. As a result, it will critically revise previous studies of German prosecution practices and offer readers a well-researched ethnographic analysis of actual German decision-making practices and the culture of the prosecution service. Unlike prosecutors in America's adversarial system, whom critics claim are driven by a "conviction-mentality" and gamesmanship, German prosecutors are institutionally positioned to function as (at least semi-)judicial  officials dedicated to finding a case's objective truth. The book argues that, organizational incentives and norms, rather than the boundaries of the law determinately shapes how prosecutors investigate and prosecute crime in Germany.


Parking is available for a nominal fee at the campus Gateway Garage, located on the corner of Michigan and California Streets (Address is 525 Blackford Street).

Parking is also available for a nominal fee at the Natatorium Garage two blocks west of the law school.

Special Accommodations:

Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance should call (317) 274-8036 no later than one week prior to the event. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs.

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