Humboldt-Univeristy zu Berlin

The South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice was set up in 2008 as one of seven Centres of African Excellence, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office. The Centre is based on cooperation between Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and is housed in the Law Faculty of UWC.

It offers the LLM- and PhD-program "Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention – An International and African Perspective".

International Criminal Justice LLM

The program is open to graduate students of law. The undergraduate degree must be completed before the beginning of the program. Applicants must have excellent knowledge of the English language and should be interested in criminal justice and its transnational implications.

Location: Cape Town

Single/Double Diploma: Double

Language: English

Number of Places/Students per year: Up to 20 students

Duration: 1 year, starting in January

Price/Fee: The tuition fees for LLM studies at UWC are currently (2014) at approximately R 43.570 for students from South Africa or other SADC countries, and R 65.180 for other African/non-African students. (Please note that these amounts are subject to change! For up to date information on the exact amounts, please visit the UWC website or contact the university administration.

Scholarships: Out of all applications, up to 15 students are eligible for a scholarship that will cover tuition fees as well as travel and living costs. A separate application for the scholarship is not necessary.

Accommodation: UWC offers inexpensive accommodation in single or double rooms on and off campus.

Application Process:

1.The application must be completed before the beginning of the program.

2.Necessary Docs:

Applications must contain:

• a scan of the completed application form

• a letter of motivation • a curriculum vitae

• a certificate of successful completion of studies

• a transcript of the applicant’s academic record

• proof of excellent English language skills

• a high school diploma

• further certificates, or letters of recommendation, if applicable.



There are 4 core modules:

  1. Transitional Justice
  2. International Criminal Law
  3. Law Relating to Organised Crime and Money Laundering
  4. International Anti-Corruption Law

At the end of each module, the candidates must submit at least one written assignment and the written examination at the end of the course and at the end of the second semester, the candidates must present a research paper(LLM thesis) in a module of their choice, which demonstrates the candidate’s ability to conduct independent research.

Optional: Lectures on Comparative Criminal Law and Modern Legal History are offered in order to broaden the horizon of the students.

During the mid-year vacation in June/July, the students travel to Germany for a two-week summer school at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Thesis: Yes, mandatory to graduate the program

Internship: not mandatory required to graduate the program


LLM Contact

Sagwadi Mabunda (Programme-Coordinator) or Professor Jamil Mujuzi

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More information here.


By Madalina Enea

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