It is not unusual that a publication of a collection of texts aspires to be a resumé of the author’s life work. The occasion, which could justify the publication of such material, is usually an advanced birthday expressed in nice round numbers.
But neither would do justice to someone like Albin Eser. Transnational Criminal Law, or course, which is to be published in this collection, is in fact a major focus of his broad scientific oeuvre. In addition, the 28 contributions included herein, the first of which was published in 1985, span more than half of his professional life, so that one can truly speak of a representative kemel. Moreover, the fact that 40% of the essays were written after Albin Eser became Professor emeritus in 2003 at the age of 68, is an indication that such formal caesurae are irrelevant to his life in the Service of Science, and that this date, instead of bringing the „welcome relief4 Albin Eser once desired (in Hilgendorf [Hrsg.], Die deutschsprachige Strafrechtswissenschaft in Selbstdarstellungen, 2010, p. 89), served at the same time as a scientific jumpstart (sparked, additionally, by his nomination as ad litem judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where he served from’2004 to 2008). In addition, Albin Eser is of the opinión that there is a long overdue need to adjust transnational criminal láw to the principie of „Kohominitát“, that is, of human cohabitation, which he has advocated (Eser, op cit., pp. 108-114). It is thus beyond doubt, that Albin Eser’s pen will continué to intensively pursue the „vision of a criminal justice which is just and humane (menschengerecht) (Eser, op cit, p. 100). All this has led us to congratúlate him and present him on his 76th birthday with this compo- nent of his multi-layered and multi-formed field of research, not only from Bem, Mann- heim and Giessen, but from our hearts.
From this perspective, the contributions we have collected here constitute a column of his life’s work which is still growing and can be further supplemented.
It is well-known that the view across the national borders of the criminal law, which has traditionally referred to globally as International criminal law“ has become more discriminating through the ef- forts of Albin Eser. We take account of this by dividing this material, foliowing the ideas of the author, into the folio wing categories: comparative criminal law, transnational criminal jurisdiction, intemational cooperation in criminal matters and intema- tional criminal law. However, in the contributions of Albin Eser it becomes clear, that we are not dealing with fix’ed categories, but that there are, of necessity, manifold interrelation- ships and bordercrossings.
The extemal form of the volume follows this división. At the same time, the individual contributions are published unedited as they originally appeared. For technical reasons, the original citations to margin numbers had to be adapted to the design témplate of this work (references to outline points or footnotes).
Within the four main topics, the sequence is oriented to concrete aspects; more general themes precede those which are more specific. All sources and all translations are mentioned in the table of contents, which serves as a guide for the reader.
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