Thomas Wahl is a senior researcher within the Department of Public Law of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law (formerly known as Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law) Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. He is responsible for European Law. His academic work focuses on EU criminal law instruments and the law of the Council of Europe, e.g. the European Convention on Human Rights, criminal law conventions, and conventions on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.
He is an international expert on judicial and police cooperation, extradition, procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings, data protection, and the fight against terrorism. He was involved in several research projects on European criminal law, including ECLAN's study "The future of mutual recognition in criminal matters in the European Union", for which he was the national rapporteur for Germany. He studied European law and international public law, and underwent foreign legal language training in French and Arabic at the University of Passau. He passed the Second State Bar Exam at the OLG Munich in 2003.