About SLS

Welcome to Salzburg Law School

The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) is an intensive summer course for participants who wish to advance their knowledge in international criminal law and related fields. SLS was founded by Prof. Otto Triffterer at the University of Salzburg in 1999. The programme disseminates knowledge, promotes understanding, and encourages critical discourse of international criminal law as it stands and as it is evolving.  

SLS follows closely ongoing developments within international adjudicating organs, in particular the International Criminal Court, as well as in the academic community and pays special attention to the interrelationship between concurring fields of law. The course is composed of lectures, workshops, and case studies; due time is dedicated to discussions with the speakers and among the participants.

A maximum of 50 postgraduate or advanced law students, young academics, and professionals with experience in international criminal law, humanitarian law and human rights law will be admitted to attend the Salzburg Law School. Non-jurists may be accepted to participate in case they have sufficient experience in handling criminal cases of international concern. In the last years participants have originated from more than 90 nations of all regions of the world.

The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law was established with the support of the University of Salzburg, the Law Faculty of the University of Salzburg and the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) under the academic coordination of Professor Dr. Otto Triffterer. It is being continued by the University of Salzburg and its Law Faculty under the direction of Dr. Astrid Reisinger Coracini. 

Prof. Triffterer has been a distinguished expert of criminal law, in particular, international criminal law for more than forty years. He is former Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Salzburg, editor of the Commentary of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: Observers’ Notes, Article by Article (Baden-Baden, Nomos 1999; Second Edition 2008; Third Edition forthcoming 2015), as well as author of numerous other relevant books and articles.

Dr. Reisinger Coracini has been involved in the Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law since 2001. First as Research Assistant of Prof. Triffterer, later as  Executive Director and Director. She is a researcher and lecturer in public international law, with a focus on international criminal law, the laws of war and the use of force. 

The realization of Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law would not have been possible without the support of a team of law students, who were decisive in the establishment of the summer course and have guaranteed its smooth organisation.