The Network

The Interdisciplinary Research Network Courts on Trial (IN-COURT) was founded in March 2023. It was started by Dr. Nicole Bögelein, Dr. Kerstin Eppert and Dr. Anja Schmidt-Kleinert with an online workshop entitled “’On Behalf of the People’ – Courtrooms as field of research on political violence, radicalization, extremism and terrorism” that was held on September 23, 2021. In a subsequent step, from November 7 to 9, 2022, the international conference “Terrorism in Court – National Courts as Empirical and Epistemic Fields of Research” was organized at the Centre for interdisciplinary Studies (ZiF) at Bielefeld University. The conference was generously funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF).

Conference Proceedings: Bögelein, N., Eppert, K., & Schmidt-Kleinert, A. (2022). Conference proceedings of the international symposium “Terrorism in Court – National Courts as Empirical and Epistemic Field in Terrorism and Violence Research” from November 7 to 9, 2022, at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld Univ. Kriminologie - Das Online-Journal | Criminology - The Online Journal, 4(4), 452–458. https://doi.org/10.18716/ojs/krimoj/2022.4.5


Who we are

IN-COURT is coordinated by Dr. Nicole Bögelein (Cologne), Dr. Kerstin Eppert (Bielefeld) and Dr. Anja Schmidt-Kleinert (Bielefeld). It currently comprises 29 researchers and expert practitioners mostly from the disciplines of Sociology, Criminology, (International) Criminal Law, Socio-Legal Studies, Human Geography, but also Architecture, International Relations and Feminist Studies.

What we do

The network offers a space for cooperation and exchange for researchers in the field of socio-legal studies. Researchers in the field of courtroom research study, among other things, the effects of law on society and its negotiation in court with an interdisciplinary approach. Conversely, the researchers are also interested in the effects of social norms and cultural perceptions on the law and the forms of its enforcement.