The International Nuremberg Principles Academy

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy (Nuremberg Academy) is dedicated to the advancement of international criminal law and human rights.

It is located in Nuremberg, the birthplace of modern international criminal law. Conscious of this historic heritage, the Nuremberg Academy supports the fight against impunity for universally recognized core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

The Nuremberg Academy promotes sustainable peace through justice, the Nuremberg Principles and the rule of law, by supporting worldwide enforcement of international criminal law, furthering knowledge, and building capacities at the national level to investigate and prosecute these crimes.


The statute of the Nuremberg Academy in English and in German

Please note that only the German version is to be considered as the binding version.

The Nuremberg Principles

In 1950, with the Nuremberg Principles, the international community of nations voiced the first universal aspiration to terminate impunity for crimes under international law. The Nuremberg Academy’s mission is to maintain and extend this legacy. 

Through its work, the Academy makes a systematic contribution toward the enforcement of the Nuremberg Principles, a cornerstone of modern international criminal law. The Academy will be housed at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, with its historic Courtroom 600, where the Nuremberg Trials were held from 1945 to 1949. The Foundation was established by the German Foreign Office, the Free State of Bavaria and the City of Nuremberg.


The Nuremberg Principles (pdf), Source: United Nations Office of Legal Affairs