Feest, Johannes

University of Bremen


Johannes Feest is a (retired) professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Bremen, Germany. He received his legal education at the universities Vienna and Munich and his sociological training at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1995-1997, he was Scientific Director of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati . He has performed empirical research on criminal justice agencies (police, judges, prisons). His publications include books and articles on the subjects mentioned, especially on prisoners rights (he is author and editor of a commentary on the German prison law, now in its 7th edition). From 1982 to the present day, he has exchanged letters with prisoners and tried to answer their questions with respect to prison law.