Partner countries: South Africa and Germany

The South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice was operational 2008-2018 as one of the German Centers of Excellence by the Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The Center was a collaboration between Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Students of the center were required to spend most of their time at the UWC and to attend a summer seminar at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

The areas of focus were divided into four subjects: International Criminal Law, Transitional Justice, Anti-corruption Crime & Money Laundering Law. During this time, the students also took German Language courses. The subjects continue to be considered to be highly relevant with respect to contemporary issues in the African continent and students are strongly encouraged to devote their research to problem solving in these important areas. Besides the future collaborations that will emerge from this team of trained scholars in criminal justice, many have proceeded to conduct commendable research either in their PHD or independently.

The center, which offered both LLM and PhD programmes under the umbrella of “Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention – An International and African Perspective”, has since the beginning of 2019, transformed into the African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice, which is intended to tap in the academic and scholarly base of the alumni to focus on research collaboration.

More information on the history and current programmes of the centre can be found here.