Dr. Nandor Knust

Head of Section
Scientific Coordinator IMPRS-CC

Contact:

Tel.: +49 (761) 7081-232

Fax: +49 (761) 7081-294

E-Mail: n.knust@mpicc.de


Main Research:

  • International Criminal Law
  • Transitional Justice / Post-Conflict Justice
  • International Crime Control
  • Comparative Criminal Law

Academic Background:

Nandor Knust was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He studied law at the universities of Frankfurt (state exam) and Paris (Maîtrise en droit international public). In 2004, he worked as a legal intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. From 2004-2006, he carried out several field research visits to the Great Lakes Region of Africa, with a special focus on Rwanda. In 2004, he took up work as a research assistant in the Sub-Saharan Africa Section of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. In 2006, he joined the Institute's International Criminal Law Section as a researcher and also served as its interim head for six months. He was admitted to the International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Criminal Law (IMPRS-CC) in Freiburg as a doctoral candidate in 2007 and completed his dissertation about a pluralistic model of Transitional Justice under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Sieber in 2011. In 2013 his doctoral thesis on “Criminal Law and Gacaca: The development of a pluralistic legal model – Case study on the Rwandan Genocide” was awarded with the Otto-Hahn-Medal for outstanding scientific achievements.

Since 2011, Nandor Knust is heading the International Criminal Law Section of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law and serves as Deputy Scientific Coordinator of the International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Criminal Law.

From 2011 to 2014, he was lecturing “International Criminal Law” at the University of Mannheim, Germany within a Master of Comparative Law (MCL) an Joint German-Australian Master's degree. Since 2013 he is teaching “Transitional Justice” at the Tumaini University Iringa, Tanzania and “Post-Conflict Justice” at Arcadia University in a partnership with the East African Community in Arusha, Tanzania. In 2014, he received the position as lecturer for “International Criminal Law” at the School of Governance, Law and Society at the Tallinn University, Estonia. Nandor Knust served as expert for several international organizations, such as the Council of Europe.

In 2016 he was visiting research fellow at ICourts - The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen.

Since 2013 Nandor Knust is also Chair of the European Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice (ECACTJ-Group).

Memberships:

  • American Society of International Law
  • European Society of Criminology
  • European Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice
  • African Foundation for International Law
  • Working Group of International Criminal Law (Arbeitskreis Völkerstrafrecht)

Awards:

  • Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society 2012
  • Former member of the International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Criminal Law (IMPRS-CC)
  • Lecturer of the year 2015, Law faculty (BA-Level), Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Research Scholarship ICourts - The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts

Publications (selection)

  • Knust, Nandor/Karstedt, Susanne: Post-Conflict Justice & Criminology: The European Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice (ECACTJ). In: Criminology in Europe: Newsletter of the European Society of Criminology 15, 16-17 (2016).
  • Knust, Nandor/Pampalk, Madalena: Transitional Justice & Positive Complementarity (Transitional Justice" und Positive Komplementarität). In: 10 years Working Group of International Criminal Law (10 Jahre Arbeitskreis Völkerstrafrecht. Geburtstagsausgaben aus Wissenschaft und Praxis)/Claus Kreß (ed.), Institute for International Peace and Security Law. Cologne 2015, Optimus Verlag, 534-550.
  • Knust, Nandor: Multilevel approach to Transitional Justice. In: Justice Report 9 (2014).
  • Knust, Nandor/Karstedt, Susanne: The European Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice (ECACTJ). In: Criminology in Europe: Newsletter of the European Society of Criminology 13, 22-24 (2014).
  • Knust, Nandor / Adjovi, Roland: Rwanda. In: Wolfrum, R. (ed.): Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2010 [online edition; printed edition: 2013, p. 1066 – 1075].

  • Knust, Nandor: Strafrecht und Gacaca. Entwicklung eines pluralistischen Rechtsmodells am Beispiel des ruandischen Völkermordes. Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 423 p., 2013. In addition: Diss.

  • Knust, Nandor, Adjovi, Roland: Rwanda. In: Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed.), Oxford University Press, Oxford 2008.

  • Knust, Nandor/Pampalk, Madalena: Transitional Justice und Positive Komplementarität. In: Zeitschrift für Internationale Strafrechtsdogmatik 11/5, 669-675 (2010).
  • Knust, Nandor: Ahndung des Völkermordes in Ruanda: Ein pluralistisches System zur Herstellung von Übergangsgerechtigkeit. In: Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (ed.): Forschungsbericht 2008-2009 [Research Report 2008-2009], p. 75 - 78.
  • Knust, Nandor/Hess, Martin / Schuon, Christine: Implementation of the Rome Statute in Germany. In: Finnish Yearbook of International Law, Volume 16/Jan Klabbers (ed.), 2005 (published 2007), 133-161.
  • Knust, Nandor/Rabbat, Paul: Beyond the Charter: Peace Security and the Role of Justice: Bericht über die dritte Jahreskonferenz der Hague Academic Coalition. In: Zeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft 1, 186-193 (2007).

Further information

  • Co-Chair of The European Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice (ECACTJ)

    Network for European criminologists who are engaged in research on atrocity crimes and transitional justice, whether in or on Europe, or globally.

  • Initiator of the "International Criminal Law & Transitional Justice Colloquium Series"

    Colloquium series on recent developments and challenges for International Criminal Law and "Transitional Justice".

Lectures (selection)

23.09.2016 The Nuremberg Principles: The basic guidelines of International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice?

Panel: Getting real: Complex conflicts and transitional justice

16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology

Place / Time: Muenster, Germany, 23.09.2016
22.09.2016 Models of International Crime Control: The change of the landscape of International Criminal Justice

Panel: Making justice real and ending impunity: Actors and
advocates

16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology

Place / Time: Muenster, Germany, 22.09.2016
29.07.2016 Creation & Protection of Historical Memory by Post-Conflict Systems: International, Regional, National and Local Approaches

International Criminal Law & Transitional Justice Colloquiums Series: Creation & Protection of Historical Memory by the Means of Criminal Law

Place / Time: Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, 29.07.2016
27.04.2016 The Nuremberg Principles – the golden thread within the system of International Criminal Justice

International Conference 'The Nuremberg Legacy and Progressive Development of Criminal Law'

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Place / Time: Moscow, Russia, 27.04.2016
03.12.2015 Case Study Rwanda - Pluralistic Model of Transitional Justice

Council of Europe: PATHS Program - Module 1

Place / Time: Venice, Italy, 03.12.2015
02.12.2015 Transitional Justice & Human Rights

Council of Europe: PATHS Program - Module 1    

Place / Time: Venice, Italy, 02.12.2015
05.09.2015 Complementarity: New challenges for a multilevel approach of Transitional Justice

15th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology

Place / Time: Porto, Portugal, 05.09.2015
03.09.2015 African Criminal Court: Regional approach to criminal & transitional justice

15th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology

Place / Time: Porto, Portugal, 03.09.2015
30.05.2015 Kriminologie und Völkerstrafrecht

Lecture within the Working Group of International Criminal Law (Arbeitskreis Völkerstrafrecht)

Place / Time: University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, 30.05.2015
13.09.2014 Criminal Law and Gacaca

Introduction for the panel: Pluralistic Model of Transitional Justice: Book review: Criminal Law and Gacaca: The development of a pluralistic legal model – Case study on the Rwandan Genocide (by Nandor Knust) (presented by the European Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice)

14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology    

Place / Time: Prague, Czech Republic, 13.09.2014
11.09.2014 The International Criminal Court and the challenges of legal pluralism within the system of post-conflict justice

14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology

Place / Time: Prague, Czech Republic, 11.09.2014
10.07.2014 Crimes Against the Environment & Cultural Heritage: An International Criminal Law Perspective

International Criminal Law & Transitional Justice Colloquiums Series

Crimes Against the Environment & Cultural Heritage: Reflections on the Role of Criminal Law and the Use of (International) Criminal and Environment Courts  

Place / Time: Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, 10.07.2014
24.06.2014 New pluralistic complementarity-approaches within the system of International Criminal Justice

International Criminal Law – Learning from Reality

Criminal Law Forum | with Prof. Dr. Luis Moreno Ocampo (Former Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court [ICC], The Hague)

Place / Time: Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany, 24.06.2014
22.01.2014 African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights and Transitional Justice
Workshop on Regional Human Rights Institutions and Transitional Justice am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht
Place / Time: Freiburg, Germany, 22.01.2014
22.01.2014 Regional Human Rights Institutions and their approaches to Transitional Justice
Workshop on Regional Human Rights Institutions and Transitional Justice am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht
Place / Time: Freiburg, Germany, 22.01.2014
13.11.2013 Legal Procedural Pluralism in Post-Conflict Justice
Place / Time: Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European, and Regulatory Procedural Law, 13.11.2013
06.09.2013 Legal Structural Components in Post-Conflict Situations
13th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology "Beyond Punitiveness: Crime and Crime Control in Europe in a comparative perspective", 4.-7. September 2013
Program
Place / Time: Budapest, Hungary, 06.09.2013
27.11.2012 International Crime Control – A Criminal Law Persepective
IMPRS-CC Workshop on "International Crime Control" at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, 27-28 November 2012
Place / Time: Freiburg, Germany, 27.11.2012
01.11.2012 Structural Components of Law within the system of Transitional Justice
Conference on: The Investigation and Definition of Complex Crime; by the European Union Center of Excellence & US Department of Education National Resource Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Place / Time: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 01.11.2012
14.10.2012 Legal Pluralism and mass atrocities: Pluralistic Model of Transitional Justice (PMTJ)
12th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology "Criminology in the 21st Century – a Necessary Balance Between Freedom and Security," 12-15 September 2012
Program
Place / Time: Bilbao, Spain, 14.10.2012
21.04.2012 African Multilevel Approach of Criminal Justice
International Workshop on "Developments in Criminal Law in Africa – Between the Local and the Global" at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, 19-21 April 2012
Place / Time: Freiburg, Germany, 21.04.2012
19.04.2012 Developments in Criminal Law in Africa – Between the Local and the Global
International Workshop on "Developments in Criminal Law in Africa – Between the Local and the Global" at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, 19-21 April 2012
Place / Time: Freiburg, Germany, 19.04.2012
29.09.2011 PMTJ - A Pluralistic Model of Transitional Justice
2nd Symposium of the Young Penalist of the AIDP co-organized with the CEJEP "TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE", La Rochelle, 29 September - 1 October 2011
Place / Time: La Rochelle, France, 29.09.2011
27.09.2011 Legal Pluralism in International Criminal Law (Rechtspluralismus im System des Völkerstrafrechts)
International Symposium on "Internationale Strafbarkeit und internationaler Strafgerichtshof" at the Okan Universität, 26-28 September 2011
Place / Time: Istanbul, Turkey, 27.09.2011
22.01.2011 The fight against impunity: A Pluralistic Model of Transitional Justice (PMTJ)
International Conference "The Protection of Human Rights through the International Criminal Court as a Contribution to Constitutionalization and Nation-Building" by the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)
Place / Time: Bangkok, Thailand, 22.01.2011
02.10.2010 Transitional Justice and positive complementarity (Transitional Justice und Positive Komplementarität)
Together with Madalena Pampalk at the Arbeitskreis Völkerstrafrecht
Place / Time: Universität Wien, Österreich, 02.10.2010
29.06.2010 Comment on: Detention under international law: International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law: Israel by Yuval Shany
Freiburg Proceedings on Contemporary Security Agendas Against Terrorism - IDI-MPI-WWC Study Group
Place / Time: Freiburg, 29.06.2010
28.06.2010 Comment on: Detention under international law: International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law: USA by Trevor Morrison/Matthew Waxman
Freiburg Proceedings on Contemporary Security Agendas Against Terrorism - IDI-MPI-WWC Study Group
Place / Time: Freiburg, 28.06.2010
07.12.2009 Restorative Justice in the Context of Transitional Justice
Chinese-German Seminar on Victim-Offender Mediation and Non-Prosecution Policies
Place / Time: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg, Deutschland, 07.12.2009
12.11.2009 Criminal Law and Gacaca: Coming to Terms with the Rwandan Genocide by means of a Pluralistic Legal Model
Visit of a High Ranking Vietnamese Delegation at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i. Br./Germany
Place / Time: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg, Deutschland, 12.11.2009
28.05.2009 La justice transitionnelle: Politique, loi ou tous les deux?
Place / Time: National University of Bénin, Cotonou, Bénin, 28.05.2009
27.05.2009 Discourse or clash of legal cultures? Africa and International Criminal Law
Place / Time: National University of Bénin, Cotonou, Bénin, 27.05.2009
24.03.2009 Das Konzept der Wahrheit beim ICTR, nationalen ruandischen Strafverfahren und Gacaca
Teil der Promotion: Strafrecht und Gacaca
International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Criminal Law
Place / Time: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg, Deutschland, 24.03.2009
29.04.2008 Die Zielbestimmungen "Versöhnung" und "Beendigung der Kultur der Straflosigkeit" beim ICTR, nationalen ruandischen Strafverfahren und Gacaca
Teil der Promotion: Strafrecht und Gacaca
International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Criminal Law
Place / Time: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg, Deutschland, 29.04.2008
17.12.2007 MPICC and its role of providing an African perspective in the institutionalization of International Criminal Law
Workshop: The Role of Africa in the institutionalization of International Criminal Law
Place / Time: Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, 17.12.2007
18.10.2007 Internationale, nationale und (neo-) traditionelle strafrechtliche Aufarbeitung von Massengewalt am Fallbeispiel von Ruanda
Vortrag vor einer Delegation von Wissenschaftlern aus Finnland
Place / Time: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg i. Br., 18.10.2007
15.10.2007 Reforming criminal procedure in Rwanda: Neo-traditional procedures to cope with human rights violations and procedural human rights guarantees
Place / Time: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg, Germany, 15.10.2007
18.08.2007 Justice in Afghanistan: When is a transitional system able to provide justice?
Place / Time: Kabul, Afghanistan, 18.08.2007
20.06.2007 Völkerstrafrecht: Einführung und aktuelle Forschungsfragen zur Ahndung des Völkermords in Ruanda
Aktuelle Kriminalitätsentwicklung, Internationales Strafrecht und Strafrechtsvergleichung – Forschungsfragen an den Grenzen des Strafrechts
Place / Time: Universität Pécs, Pécs, Ungarn, 20.06.2007
15.05.2007 Strafrecht und Gacaca: Die Aufarbeitung des ruandischen Völkermords
International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Criminal Law
Place / Time: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg, Deutschland, 15.05.2007
06.12.2006 Transitional Justice in the Middle East: Lessons learned from Sierra Leone, East Timor and Cambodia
Conference on Conflicts, Conflicts Resolution and Natural Resources in the Middle East, Universität von Tehran/Campus Qom
Place / Time: Universität Qom, Qom, Iran, 06.12.2006
30.03.2006 (Neo-)Traditionelle Konfliktlösungsmechanismen zur Aufarbeitung von Massengewalt
Lecture within the internal doctoral forum
Place / Time: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg, Deutschland, 30.03.2006
04.12.2005 The Role of Africa in the institutionalization of International Criminal Law
Workshop "The nexus of natural resources, violent conflicts and coping strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Place / Time: International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania, 04.12.2005
22.08.2005 The Aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide: Criminal Law and Gacaca
ARCA-Net International Alumni Summer School 2005
Place / Time: Berlin, 22.08.2005

Courses

Spring Semester 2016 International Criminal Law

Campus Helsinki, University of Tallinn

Location / When: Helsinki, Finland
Spring Semester 2016 International Criminal Law

Campus Tallinn, University of Tallinn

Location / When: Tallinn, Estonia
SS 2015 International Criminal Justice

Course within a PhD-Summer School at the Allameh Tabataba'i University

Location / When: Teheran, Iran
Spring Semester 2015 International Criminal Law

Campus Tallinn, University of Tallinn

Location / When: Tallinn, Estonia
Spring Semester 2015 International Criminal Law

Campus Helsinki, University of Tallinn

Location / When: Helsinki, Finland
Winter 2013/2014 International Criminal Law

Course within the Master of Comparative Law – MCL, "Joint German-Australian Master's degree"

Location / When: University of Mannheim
SS 2013 Transitional Justice
Location / When: Tumaini University Iringa, Tanzania
SS 2013 Post-Conflict-Justice

Arcadia University in a partnership with the East African Community,Arcadia University in a partnership with the East African Community

Location / When: Arusha, Tanzania
Winter 2012/2013 International Criminal Law
Course within the Master of Comparative Law – MCL, "Joint German-Australian Master's degree"
Location / When: University of Mannheim
Winter 2011/2012 International Criminal Law

Course within the Master of Comparative Law – MCL, "Joint German-Australian Master's degree"

Location / When: University of Mannheim, Room EW 95
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