The African-German Research Network provides a platform for scholars and practitioners from Africa, Europe and other parts of the world to research and work together on issues of international and transnational criminal justice. The Network goes back to the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice. Today, it has around 150 members, most of whom are Alumnae and Alumni of the Centre. Since its establishment in 2019, the Network has been pioneering transcontinental exchange and scholarship through a range of activities. The Network’s programme includes conferences, workshops, lecture series and joint publications.

The Network is run by a Director, Professor Florian Jeßberger, who is assisted by a Project Coordinator and supported by an Advisory Board of distinguished African and German scholars. The Network’s secretariate is based at the Franz von Liszt Institute for International Criminal Justice at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Core research areas of the Network include:

  • international criminal law: most serious crimes under international law – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression; international criminal courts and tribunals;
  • transnational criminal law: treaty-based crimes of international concern such as terrorism, trafficking in drugs and human beings, organized crime, money laundering, and corruption;
  • transitional justice: options for dealing with past injustices, for example, criminal prosecution, amnesties, truth commissions, reparations, and lustration;
  • colonial legacies and criminal law.

The Network is open to new members. Scholars with pertinent research interests are encouraged to get in touch and register their interest.