Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Kai Ambos

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

Head Dept. for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Institute for Criminal Law

Judge Kosovo Specialist Chambers, The Hague, NL; Advisor (amicus curiae) of the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace

Since April 2018 Ambos is acting director of the Institute of Criminal Law and Justice

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Law student at Freiburg, Munich and Oxford (Great Britain) from 1984 to 1990. First state examination in law at Munich University 1990; second state examination in law at Munich University 1994. Doctorate at Munich University 1992. Habilitiation at Munich University 2001.

Kai Ambos holds, since May 2003, the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law, International Criminal Law and International Law at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany. Previously he worked, inter alia, at the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany and was involved in the Criminal Procedure Reform in Latin America. He served as a Judge at  the Provincial Court (Landgericht) of Lower Saxony in Göttingen from 24 March 2006 to 7 February 2017 (from January 2015 to 30 September 2015 delegated to the Appeals Court (Oberlandesgericht) Braunschweig); with his appointment as Judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC), The Hague, on 7 February 2017 he took leave from this judicial position. On 6 December 2017 he has been appointed as Advisor (Amicus Curiae) to the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace. He is also list Counsel at the International Criminal Court.

Judge Ambos is also since December 2013 Director of the Centro de Estudios de Derecho Penal y Procesal Penal Latinoamericano (CEDPAL) of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Criminal Law Forum (Springer, Society for the Reform of Criminal law) and as member in various editorial boards of national and international journals. He is general coordinator of the Anglo-German Dialogue on ‘Core Concepts in Criminal Law and Justice’ and general editor of the three volumes product of this dialogue to be published by Cambridge University Press.

He was Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Winter Semester 2011/2012; Fellow Faculty of Law and Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge, UK, April to August 2016 (Life Member of Clare Hall College since then); Plumer Fellow St. Anne’s College and Visiting Fellow, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, UK, 1 August to 20 September 2017. Visiting Professor in China, Latin America (Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru), Spain, Italy and Israel.

His main research lies in criminal law and procedure, comparative law, international criminal law with a regional focus on Latin America, Portugal, Spain and Eastern Europe. He has various publications in various languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) in these areas, recent English ones include:

  • Treatise of International Criminal Law, three volumes, Oxford: OUP, 2013-2016
  • The Crime of Genocide and the Principle of Legality under Article 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights, 17 Human Rights Law Review (2017), 175-186
  • (editor with Otto Triffterer), The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. A Commentary, 3rd ed., München: C.H. Beck/Hart/Nomos, 2016, 2352 pp
  • European Criminal Law and Brexit, in M. Böse/M. Bohlander/A. Klip/O. Lagodny (eds.), Justice Without Borders. Essays in Honour of Wolfgang Schomburg, Leiden/Bosten: Brill, 2018, 1-22
  • Fairness and Expediency in International Criminal Procedure, in J. Jackson/S. Summers (eds.), Obstacles to Fairness in Criminal Proceedings, Oxford: Hart, 2018, 179-189.
  • European Criminal Law, Cambridge: CUP, 2018.
  • International Economic Criminal Law, 29 Criminal Law Forum (2018), 499-566
  • National Socialist Criminal Law, Nomos/Hart 2019
  • The Current State and Future of Comparative Criminal Law – A German Perspective, 24 UCLA J. Int’l L & For. Aff. (forthcoming 2020).

For further infomation please see the following PDF-documents:

Vita Breve (short version) in: German and English

List of Publications

Teaching Classes (German)

Lectures (original language)