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    African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice (TRANSCRIM)

    Content and Goals

    The African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice was established after the 10-year-funding period for the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice, which was one of seven Centres of African Excellence and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service, has ended in 2018. It aims to provide the very successful alumni of the Centre with a basis and resources to foster and promote their academic and personal exchange.

    The Network is directed by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Werle at Humboldt University of Berlin and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service and the German Federal Foreign Office. It has created an Advisory Board with distinguished African and German scholars, as well as three Working Groups that provide a basis for interested alumni to research and work together on specific topics in the field of transnational criminal justice. Among the activities within the network are annual conferences for each of which there will be a call for papers.


    Working Groups 

    The Network has established three Working Groups focusing on the main topics of the Network, namely International Criminal Law and Procedure, Transitional Justice, and Economic Crimes. Each Working Group is chaired by one or more of our Alumni and counselled by senior academics renowned in the respective field.

    Working Groups can engage in a variety of activities. In particular, Working Groups take turns in organizing our annual conferences: They actively contribute to the call for papers, take part in selecting successful applicants and provide valuable input given their expertise in the field. Furthermore, they take part in joint publications, workshops and blog posts on current issues (to be published on our website), and research in the respective field of the Working Group.

    The Network supports these activities with travel expenses, input by senior academics, and a platform for exchange and discussion. Alumni are encouraged to contact the Chairs with ideas for projects.

    The History of the Center 

    The South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice (2008 – 2018) was one of seven Centres of African Excellence, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service with funds from the German Foreign Office. The Centre was based on a cooperation between Humboldt-University of Berlin and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and was housed in the Law Faculty of UWC. It offered the LL.M.- and PhD-programme “Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention – An International and African Perspective”

    The LL.M.-programme comprised the modules Transitional Justice, International Criminal Law, Law Relating to Organised Crime and Money Laundering, as well as International Anti-Corruption Law. The lectures were delivered by permanent teaching staff and visiting experts. During the mid-year vacation, the students travelled to Germany for a two-week summer school at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Students who passed all their modules and the research paper (final thesis) were awarded an LL.M. degree. At the end of the second semester, the candidates had to present a research paper (LL.M. thesis) in a module of their choice, which demonstrated the candidate’s ability to conduct independent research. Each year two scholarships for a PhD were offered to graduates of the LL.M. course or graduates of other Universities.

    Event Series | Transitional Justice – The Legal Framework | Dr Marshet Tadesse Tessema & Jesse Mugero | 3 November 2023, 12:15 CET

    We are taking the publication of the book „Transitional Justice – The Legal Framework“ by Professor Werle and Professor Vormbaum as an opportunity to launch two…

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    Event Series | Transitional Justice – The Legal Framework | Prof Dr Moritz Vormbaum & Dr Juliet Okoth | 27 October 2023, 12:15 CET

    The last events of our Network for 2023 are approaching. Professor Werle and Professor Vormbaum have recently published a book on „Transitional Justice – The…

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    Lunch Talk | Why The CEDAW Committee Matters | Brenda Akia | 7 July 2023, 12:00 CET | Online

    After an excellent lecture and fruitful discussion at our second presentation, we are glad to announce the third lunch lecture of the African-German Research Network for…

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    Lunch Talk Lecture by Dr. Prosper Maguchu | 16 June 2023 (12:00 CET) | Online

    We are delighted to announce a lunch talk lecture on "New Discovery Channel: Is the U.S Subpoena 1782 a New Powerful Solution to ‘Follow the…

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    Lunch Talk Lecture | Victoria Ojo-Adewuyi | 06 January 2023 (12:00 CET) | Online

    We are delighted to announce the first lunch lecture at the African-German Research Network for the year 2023. On 6 January 2023, 12:00 pm (CET), Victoria Ojo-Adewuyi will…

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    African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice – Launching Activities 2022

    By Dr. Windell Nortje The African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice (formerly, South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice) is housed in the Law Faculty…

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    Lunch Talk Lecture –  Donnet Rose Adhiambo Odhiambo – 11 November 2022 (12:00 CET) – Online

    It is our pleasure to announce the last lunch lecture at our Network for the year 2022. On 11 November 2022, 12:00 pm (CET), our Alumna Donnet…

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    Lunch Talk Lecture by Dr. Marshet Tadesse Tessema – 28 October 2022 (12:00 CET) – Online

    We are delighted to announce a „lunch talk lecture“ on the newly established National Dialogue Commission of Ethiopia by Dr. Marshet Tadesse Tessema on 28…

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    1st Research Conference of the African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice

    2nd (Online) Research Conference of the African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice

    Summer School of the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

    Summer School of the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

    10th Summer School of the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

    1st Research Conference of the African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice

    1st Research Conference of the African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice

    1st Research Conference of the African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice

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