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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Kai Ambos is since May 2003 the holder of the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law and International Criminal Law at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany. He is also Head of the Department of “Foreign and International Criminal Law,” Institute of Criminal Law and Justiceat the University Göttingen. 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 selected as Advisor (Amicus Curiae) to the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace.

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 is List Counsel at the International Criminal Court and Life Member Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge, UK. 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 Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish in these areas, e.g. a three volume Treatise of International Criminal Law (OUP 2013-2016) and a textbook on European Criminal Law (CUP 2018).


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)