Jörg Scheinfeld - Jörg Scheinfeld

Jörg Scheinfeld (* 1970 ) is a German legal scholar .


From 1995 he studied law at the Ruhr University Bochum . In 2000 he passed the first state examination in law at the Judicial Examination Office of the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court . In 2000 he became a research assistant and doctoral candidate with Rolf Dietrich Herzberg , Bochum. In 2002 he began his legal preparatory service at the Hamm Higher Regional Court . In 2004 he passed the second state examination in law. In 2004 he became a research assistant at the chair for criminal law, criminal procedure law and legal philosophy of Tatjana Hörnle. In parallel: scientific advice to defense lawyers. After graduation in 2005 to doctor of law at the University of Bochum with the work "The Tatbegriff of § 24 of the Criminal Code", he was 2010 Teacher for special tasks at the Ruhr-University Bochum and 2011 Teacher for special tasks at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz . After completing his habilitation in 2012 at the University of Hamburg with the thesis: Organ transplantation and criminal law paternalism (supervised by Reinhard Merkel ); Grant of Venia Legendifor criminal law, criminal procedure law, medical criminal law, commercial criminal law and legal philosophy, he represented Michael Hettinger's chair at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 2012 . In 2013 he became a teacher for special tasks at the Johannes Gutenberg University. In 2015 he was appointed to the Chair of Criminal Law II at the EBS Law School . In 2015 he was appointed professor at EBS Law School, Wiesbaden. In 2016 he was appointed to the chair for criminal law and criminal procedure law at JGU (successor to Michael Hettinger) and in 2016 he was appointed university professor at JGU in October 2016. He has been an advisory board member of the Institute for Weltanschauungsrecht (ifw) since 2017 . [1]



Jörg Scheinfeld assesses § 1631d BGB , passed by the Bundestag in December 2012 , which allows circumcision of boys under certain conditions, as unconstitutional. On the fifth anniversary of the “Cologne verdict”, in 2017 he presented an expert opinion with federal judge Ralf Eschelbach and physician Matthias Franz and called on politicians to act. [2] [3]

Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

After the publication of the study Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests, Deacons and Male Religious Members in the area of ​​the German Bishops' Conference and subsequent Germany-wide criminal charges on suspicion of sexual abuse of children (Section 176 StGB) and serious sexual abuse of children (Section 176a StGB ) he rated in May 2019 in the Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (NJW) in the article “Initial suspicion when reported against unknown persons. Clerical child abuse and the principle of legality "the reaction of public prosecutors and justice ministers and drew the conclusion:" After all, it would have been in the aftermath of the MHG studycan only make one correct decision for the public prosecutor's offices in the dioceses: to initiate investigative proceedings against unknown persons - so that the abuse of wards and minors and, if necessary, aiding and abetting can be punished. Instead, the investigation was refused, in some cases with inconsistent justifications, and this chance was frivolously wasted and accepted that evidence would be removed and destroyed. " [4]

Fonts (selection)

  • The term used in Section 24 of the Criminal Code . Holzkirchen 2006, ISBN 3-927983-73-X .
  • The cannibal case. Constitutional objection to the classification as murder and the imposition of life imprisonment . Tübingen 2009, ISBN 978-3-16-150116-6 .
  • Organ transplantation and criminal paternalism. An analysis of the penalized donation restrictions in German transplant law . Tübingen 2012, ISBN 3-16-153392-5 .
  • with Holm Putzke : Criminal Procedure Law . Munich 2017, ISBN 3-406-71242-8 .


Individual evidence

  1. Prof. Dr. Jörg Scheinfeld | ifw - Institute for Weltanschauungsrecht. Retrieved May 25, 2020 .
  2. "Parliament has a duty to abolish the circumcision law". Retrieved May 25, 2020 .
  3. ^ Jörg Scheinfeld, Ralf Eschelbach, Matthias Franz: Child circumcision and political responsibility . In: Jacqueline Neumann, Gerhard Czermak, Reinhard Merkel, Holm Putzke (eds.): Current developments in worldview law . Writings on Weltanschauung, No. 1 . Nomos, Baden-Baden 2019, ISBN 978-3-8487-5907-1 , p. 361 ff.
  4. Jörg Scheinfeld, Sarah Willenbacher: Initial suspicion when reported against unknown persons. Clerical child abuse and the principle of legality . In: Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (NJW) 19/2019.