Dr. Julius Hagen is a lawyer and criminal defence attorney at Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB. Dr. Hagen is considered a proven expert in criminal law, white-collar crime and, particularly, international extradition proceedings, including those with and without a connection to Germany. He advises individuals and companies both as defendants and injured parties at all stages of criminal proceedings.
As a doctor of law with practical experience as a criminal defence lawyer, Dr. Hagen is very familiar with the intricacies of criminal law, the workings of the German courts, and national and international law enforcement agencies. His in-depth knowledge of German criminal procedural law enables him to make a realistic assessment of your case and develop an efficient defence strategy.
Especially in pre-trial proceedings, the legal assistance of such an experienced criminal defence lawyer as Dr. Hagen proves invaluable. As is well known, the goal of having the case dismissed requires a well-thought-out statement in which the defendant’s valid arguments and legal views are presented to the public prosecutor’s office concisely and precisely.
As an expert in business criminal law, Dr. Hagen offers executives, managers, and companies professional legal assistance in all criminal law matters. His legal services includes advice in the area of compliance: through such careful examination of business procedures and precise determination of responsibilities of executive positions, criminal consequences can usually be efficiently avoided. Dr. Hagen prepared to offer expert opinions on commercial criminal law on your behalf, considering all industry-specific peculiarities.
The following legal matters in particular fall within Dr. Hagen’s area of expertise: all criminal tax proceedings (in particular exempting voluntary declarations), insolvency matters, corruption offences, fraud, all offences relating to property and assets (theft, embezzlement and breach of trust), and charges under the Administrative Offences Act.
In particular, medium-sized German and international companies are among Dr. Hagen’s clients.
As an expert in extradition law, Dr. Hagen has extensive experience defending clients threatened by an international extradition request, a European Arrest Warrant, an SIS alert or an Interpol Red Notice.
Extradition proceedings often turn out to be human rights proceedings. In many countries, those affected can neither be guaranteed humane detention conditions nor a fair trial. With his work, Dr Hagen, therefore, makes a significant contribution to the protection of fundamental and human rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.
As a valued member of the legal team led by Mr. Aykut Elseven, Dr Hagen has an outstanding track record, which shows him to be a reliable partner for people in a crisis. In addition, Dr Hagen is valued by his foreign colleagues as a valuable external advisor who has a stable network and extensive contacts with the authorities involved.
Dr Hagen’s clients include high-ranking international politicians, businesspeople and well-known personalities. As a committed lawyer, he regularly supports our clients with their economic and tax criminal proceedings. With his expert service, cases usually end with the discontinuation of the proceedings, an acquittal or a mere warning.
After studying law and philosophy at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Dr. Hagen researched and taught as a research assistant at the law faculty of the FernUniversität in Hagen, specialising in criminal law and criminal procedure.
He then worked as an advisor for the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and was managing director of the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of Wuppertal.
Since 2015, Dr Hagen has worked as legal counsel for one of Germany’s most high-profile journalist networks.
Criminal Procedure Law (Advanced). Hagen University Press. Annual update since 2019 (together with Prof. Dr. Gabriele Zwiehoff).
The Nebenklage im Gefüge strafprozessualer Verletztenbeteiligung. The path to a victimised society. Legislation and reform discourse since 1870. DeGruyter, Berlin/Boston 2021.
Draft of a Criminal Procedure Code for the North German Confederation. DeGruyter, Berlin/Boston (as ed.; forthcoming).