The Max Planck Institute for Crime, Security and Law (formerly the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law) consists of three research departments: criminology, public Law and criminal Law. In the Department of criminology, the study of personal tendencies and environmental factors that lead people to commit crimes. To this end, long-term scientific research is combined with behavioral experiments in the virtual reality world. Public law deals with public safety law. It investigates how the legal system responds to danger in order to prevent criminal offences and other harm. The Department of Criminal law studies the basic principles of criminal law, prohibitions, and criminal penalties in the context of globalization, immigration, and social and cultural fragmentation. With its interdisciplinary approach to law, social science and psychological research, the Institute focuses on basic research as well as applied research.