The Franz von Liszt Institute for International Criminal Justice

Humboldt International Criminal Law Discussion Group |  Programme for the Summer Term 2024


African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Jusitce

On 23 February 2024, Dr Windell Nortje (University of the Western Cape, Cape Town), Dr Charity Wibabara (National Public Prosecution Authority, Kigali) and Professor Dr Hannah Woolaver (University of Cape Town, Cape Town) will speak on the topic of "Prosecuting Apartheid" as part of the African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice.


Florian Jeßberger & Julia Geneuss (eds.), Twenty Years of the German Code of Crimes against International Law, Symposium in the Journal of International Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2023, Issue 21/3.


Florian Jeßberger, „A Short History of Prosecutions of Crimes under International Law in Germany“, Journal of International Criminal Justice 2023


Florian Jeßberger & Aziz Epik (Hrsg.), 20 Jahre Völkerstrafgesetzbuch, Nomos, 2023.


The Institute

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.


Prof. Dr. Florian Jeßberger serves as the Institute’s Director.

Members of the Institute are Prof. Dr. Martin Heger, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Werle and several Post-docs from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. An international advisory board supports the work of the Institute. The Institute welcomes guest researchers and visiting scholars from around the world who would like to take advantage of its extensive library and networking resources and enhance their independent research projects.


Further activities

The research network offers LL.M. and PhD alumni of the South African-German Center for Transnational Criminal Justice the opportunity for sustainable academic networking. Prof. Werle is director of the network, Dr. Epik is a member of the advisory board.

Further activities

Prof. Heger is co-editor of the bilingual open access publication.

Further activities

Prof. Werle and Prof. Jeßberger are members of the editorial board of the journal published by Juta.