Prof. Dr Thierry Godel
Thierry Godel is an assistant professor at the Law Faculty of UniDistance Switzerland.
He obtained his doctorate in law from the University of Fribourg and is a graduate of the École romande pour la magistrature pénale in Neuchâtel. He is also a lecturer at the École romande en administration judiciaire (since 2018) and with the Military Justice (since 2011) as part of the training provided to members of the judicial authorities. He was a lecturer at the Chair of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Fribourg (2010-2021).
His research projects in criminal law focus on violence and extremism (including in relation to new technologies). As part of his habilitation thesis, he is particularly interested in issues relating to the chain of responsibility (causality and criminal capacity), whether individual, corporate or collective. He has published a number of reference works in the field of general criminal law and military criminal law.
As a practitioner, Thierry Godel was a investigating judge for the Military Justice (2011 to 2015) and deputy head of the legal department of the Office of the Armed Forces Attonrey General (2015 to 2018). He has been auditor (prosecutor) since 2021.
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- Concepts of violence and extremism, violent and non-violent.
- Penal aspects (legal definition, causality, criminal capacity, penalties, etc.) of extremism and violence against persons, property and the State in a comparative law perspective.
- Impact of new technologies on violent offences and the way they are dealt with by the criminal authorities (for example, does or should the culture of the body and sex on social networks change the legal definition of pornography or child pornography? Continuing violence or how to take account of the 'snowball' effect of certain forms of violence committed on the Internet? etc.).
- General and special criminal law.
- Military criminal law (e.g. procedural specificities, rights of injured parties, prohibition on Swiss nationals serving in foreign armed forces, etc.).