People - 11.12.2013 - 00:00
12 December 2013. Martin Killias was awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Criminology on 9 December 2013. From 1986 to 2006, he was Full Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law and Criminology at the University of Lausanne and Director of that University’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Law. Subsequently, he was a full professor at the University of Zurich before he joined the HSG after his retirement. From 1984 to 2008, he was a part-time judge at the Swiss Federal Court.
Teaching at an international level
So far, he has been a visiting professor at twelve universities in Europe, North America and Asia. Martin Killias sits on the editorial boards of some of the world’s leading criminological journals and is not only one of the best-known criminologists in Europe, but also in the USA. In 2001, he was awarded the Sellin-Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology, and in 2008 the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences honoured him with the G.O.W. Mueller Award for outstanding research in international criminal law.
Besides a variety of criminological fields such as the International Crime Victimization Survey, the International Self-Reported Juvenile Delinquency Project, the International Violence against Women Survey and the European Sourcebook of Crime and Criminal Justice, his teaching and research focuses on Swiss criminal law, including commercial criminal law, penitentiary law and criminal policy.
In demand as an expert in international criminal law
Martin Killias was a member of various expert groups in criminal law of the Council of Europe and the UN, as well as of national expert committees for the fight against crime. In 2000/2001, he chaired the European Society of Criminology, from which he received the European Criminology Award for his life’s work in 2013. The Panteion University of Athens has awarded him this honorary doctorate for his extensive academic services to criminology.