RiLG Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Kai Ambos

Judge LG Göttingen (District Court)

Head Dept. for Foreign and International Criminal Law 

Chair for Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law and International Criminal Law

Institute for Criminal Law

Georg August University Göttingen 

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Study of Law and Political Science at the universities of Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), Oxford (UK) and Munich (Germany) from 1984 to 1990. First State Exam, 1990. Legal Preparatory Service, 1992-94. Second State Exam, 1994. Dr.jur. 1992 (Munich). Habilitation (Post-Doc) 2001 (Munich). Venia legendi in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Crimi-nology, Comparative Law and Public International Law. Former senior research fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (1991-2003). 

As of May 2003 Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law and International Criminal Law at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany. Head of the Department of “Foreign and International Criminal Law,” Institute of Criminal Law and Justiceat the University Göttingen. Since 24 March 2006 Judge at the Provincial Court (Landgericht) of Lower Saxonyin Göttingen; from January 2015 to 30 September 2015 delegated to the Appeals Court (Oberlandesgericht) Braunschweig. Since December 2013 Director of the Centro de Estudios de Derecho Penal y Procesal Penal Latinoamericano(CEDPAL) of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Doctor honoris causa Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana, Iquitos, 9.11.2013. List Counsel at the International Criminal Court. Life Member Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge, UK. As of 7 February 2017 Judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC).

Main research in criminal law and procedure, comparative law, international criminal law with a regional focus on Latin America, Portugal, Spain and Eastern Europe. Various publications in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese Spanish in these areas, e.g. a three volume Treatise of International Criminal Law (OUP 2013-2016).


For further infomation please see the following PDF-documents:

Vita Breve (short version) in: German and English

List of Publications

Teaching Classes (German)

Lectures (Entities in original language)