Hefendehl was born in Freiburg in 1964. He studied law and did his clerkship
(Referendariat) in Berlin and Freiburg. He obtained his PhD and his
Habilitation from the University of Munich. From 1999 onwards he was professor
at the universities of Berlin and Dresden. Since 2004 he has been Director of
the Institute of Criminology and Business Criminal Law at the University of
Freiburg. His research interests focus on (business) criminal law, criminology
and crime policy.