Gerhard O.W. Mueller, Retired Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on April 27, 2006. Professor Mueller was a member of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice.
A memorial service was held June 4 at the Church Center for
the United Nations.
Newark Professor Emeritus Gerhard O.W. Mueller, a pioneer in the
discipline of criminal justice, died at 82. Mueller was an expert
on international and comparative criminal justice, the ethnology of
criminal justice and international criminal law, and maritime crime
and its prevention.
He served as chief of the United Nations Crime Prevention and
Criminal Justice Branch from 1974 to 1982, a post in which he was
responsible for U.N. programs dealing with problems of crime and
He also was executive secretary to U.N. Congresses for the Prevention of Crime
and Treatment of Offenders in 1975 and 1980, and served in the U.N.'s
social development and social affairs divisions.
Prior to his retirement from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice
in 2005, he taught courses in law and criminal justice,
constitutional issues and the criminal justice system, criminal
justice procedures, comparative criminal justice systems, and
maritime crime and its prevention. His most recent research, in
collaboration with his wife, Freda Adler, focused on maritime and
international crime and terrorism.
A native of Germany, Mueller had studied law in both Switzerland and
Germany. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago and his
LL.M. from Columbia University in criminal justice. Mueller came to
Rutgers-Newark as a visiting professor in 1974 after teaching at West
Virginia University law school, New York University School of Law and
the University of Washington. He also held visiting professor
appointments at higher educational institutions in the United States,
Europe and Brazil.