The Franz von Liszt Institute serves as a hub for the activities carried out at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the field of international criminal law and justice. Thematic focus areas include international criminal law, European criminal law, foreign and comparative criminal law as well as the international aspects of German criminal law.
The Institute is named after criminal law and international law scholar Franz von Liszt, who taught from 1898 until his death in 1919 at what was then called Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, today’s Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
The Institute has an extensive collection of criminal law literature and offers visiting scholars the opportunity to conduct research stays.
The Institute hosts the Humboldt International Criminal Law Discussion Group, which on a regular basis invites academics and practitioners from Germany and abroad to present their research or to discuss current issues relating to their work.
The Institute was established at the Faculty of Law of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in the early 2000s. It is primarily funded by the Chair in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, International Criminal Law and Modern Legal History.