Focus Areas

The Programs of the Nuremberg Academy

The Academy’s work concentrates, with an international reach, on interdisciplinary and applied research, specialized training and consulting for particular target groups, and education on human rights. In all these areas, the Academy is in constant, intense cooperation with international, national and regional project partners with established credentials. At the same time, the Academy provides a forum where those working in international and national criminal justice can exchange ideas and experiences.

In order to implement its mission, the Academy will

  • Enhance the capacity of practitioners and academics to deal with challenges related to international crimes; 
  • Identify and establish a network of practitioners and academics interested in contributing to the goals of the Academy;
  • Use innovative approaches to train and educate both emerging and current practitioners an scholars in the ICL field and related human rights areas;
  • Offer consultancy and advise to communities and institutions in countries confronted with challenges in the ICL field and related human rights areas;
  • Serve as a resource center to create repositories and materials to be used for the training and education programs;
  • Compile and make available searchable databases on the ICL field and related human rights areas and regularly updated lists on institutions, organizations and individuals involved in addressing crimes that impact the global community;
  • Convene workshops and international conferences in the ICL field and related human rights areas including an annual conference on a major topic;



Interdisciplinary Research

In its interdisciplinary research work, the Academy explores issues associated with international criminal law, human rights and peace, working together with academics and practitioners from different backgrounds and different disciplines in relation to international criminal law and transitional justice research. The central aim is to advance the universality, legality and acceptance of international criminal law and its application around the world. 

The Nuremberg Academy research activities enable it to provide a systematic scientific basis for the development of political strategies and for training and human rights education for relevant professional groups and civil society. 

The Nuremberg Academy encourages building interdisciplinary research capacities in situation and post-conflict countries through cooperation with universities, research institutions and civil society. Furthermore, it promotes exchange and cooperation among specialists both nationally and internationally, through seminars, conferences and concrete research projects.

Training And Consulting

The Nuremberg Academy’s work in specialized training and consulting for particular target groups is intended to help transform substantive international criminal law more fully and systematically into national law. It conveys knowledge that is needed in order for international criminal law to be incorporated into national legal systems. Courses are intended for teachers and practitioners who are concerned with prosecuting crimes under international law, and for all other professional groups, such as the employees of international organizations and NGOs, who deal in the broadest sense with prosecuting crimes under international law at both the national and international level.

Human Rights Education

In societies in transition especially, education on human rights and civic education represent the core of the trust-building efforts that are essential for establishing public institutions. In that sense, societies that are directly affected by crimes against international law must come to understand the claim to universal applicability of international criminal law. For that purpose specific violations of human rights – their phenomena, contexts and causes – must be discussed. Consequently education in human rights plays a complex role in the context of international criminal law, concentrating most importantly on encouraging social acceptance. This is the goal of the Academy’s work in education about human rights.