Michael Bohlander

Professor and Chair in Comparative and International Law
Durham Law School
Durham University
United Kingdom


michael BohlanderI served as the international co-investigating judge in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia from 2015 until 2019, and was reinstated in April 2020 to carry out that role until the end of the office's mandate. I also continue to serve as an international judge on the roster of judges of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, to which I was appointed in early 2017.

From 1991 and prior to joining Durham University in 2004, I had been a judge on civil and criminal pretrial, trial and appellate dockets in the courts of the East German Free State of Thuringia, including the State Supreme Court at Jena. During that time, I was on leave and served as the senior legal officer of a Trial Chamber at the ICTY from 1999 to 2001.

My publications have been cited by and before courts and authorities in several domestic and international jurisdictions, including the Constitutional Courts of Germany and Colombia, the Federal Court of Justice and several state supreme courts in Germany; the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas; the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory; the Supreme Court of Kosovo; the International Criminal Court; the Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals; the criminal tribunals for Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Rwanda and Cambodia; the Law Reform Commissions in Ireland, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand; and the Federal German Parliament.

I have written or edited four books on German criminal law in English, and some of my work has been translated into Chinese, Farsi, French, Khmer, Spanish and Turkish. My original English translations of the German Criminal Code and the German Law on International Cooperation in Criminal Matters are listed on the webpage of the German Federal Ministry of Justice.

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complete list of Michael Bohlander's publications