At the centre of Gerhard Werle’s research interests are crimes that occur on a large scale and in a systematic manner (“Systemunrecht”): For his qualification as a university lecturer, he thoroughly worked on criminal justice and the police in the Third Reich (Justiz-Strafrecht und polizeiliche Verbrechensbekämpfung im Dritten Reich, De Gruyter, 1989). He is the author of the first textbook on international criminal law to be published in German (Völkerstrafrecht, 2003, 2007, 2012, 4th edition 2016), which has been translated into English (2005, 2009 and 2014), Spanish (2005 and 2011), Italian (2009), Chinese (2009), and Russian (2011).
Gerhard Werle has published especially on the prosecution of Nazi- and GDR-crimes as well as on the South African transition process. Since 2008, Gerhard Werle has been Director of the South African-German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice, funded by German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD) at University of the Western Cape (Cape Town/South Africa). He is in charge of the LLM programme “Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention – An International and African Perspective.”
Gerhard Werle is an Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa) since 2005 and Honorary Professor at North-West University of Political Science and Law (Xi’an, China). He has been visiting professor at various universities worldwide, including University of Cape Town, Kansai University (Osaka, Japan), University of Sydney, University of Technology (Sydney, Australia), and Columbia Law School (New York, USA). At present, Prof. Werle is Dean for International Affairs at the Law Faculty of Humboldt-Universität, as well as Director-in-Chief of Franz-von-Liszt-Institut für Internationales Strafrecht.

Prof. Werle’s research focuses on German and international criminal law and contemporary legal history.
Amongst his main research areas are:
  • International Criminal Law
  • Transitional Justice
  • Nazi Crimes
  • Crimes committed by (former) GDR officials
  • Dealing with Apartheid in South Africa
A list of publications can be found here.

NB. Due to the high number of doctoral students at the Chair, new candidates can only be admitted in exceptional cases upon submission of an elaborate proposal and proof of an excellent qualification.
Last update of this page: 10.01.2017
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