Prof.Dr. Wolfram Karl

Prof.Dr. Wolfram Karl

University of Salzburg

Prof. Karl holds a doctorate degree of law from Vienna (1964) and an LL.M. in international law from the University of Cambridge (1967). He became a lecturer of international law in 1981 and a full professor at the University of Salzburg in 1989; he retired in 2009 and is now professor emeritus. Prof. Karl also served as a guest professor at McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento (Calif., USA), at the universities of Innsbruck, Maribor, Frankfurt/Oder, and at the Summer School organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Polish and German Red Cross in Warsaw and Berlin, respectively. Prof. Karl has published and edited numerous articles and books in the field of international law, human rights, and humanitarian law. He is editor of the „Newsletter Menschenrechte“ (on the current case-law of the European Court of Human Rights), editor of a commentary on the European Convention on Human Rights (Internationaler Kommentar zur EMRK, c/o Heymann/Kluwer, Cologne), and co-editor of the European Yearbook on Human Rights (Vienna) which started in 2009. Prof. Karl has worked for the Austrian Human Rights Institute in Salzburg since 1990 and became its director in 2004. He is also a member of the Austrian Branch of the International Commission of Jurists, of the Council of the German Society of International Law and of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Prof. Karl started his legal career in the Law Office of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Geneva (1969-71). During his time as an academic he repeatedly took over practical tasks, e.g., when he served as head of the Human Rights Department of the Austrian Foreign Office (1988/89) or as Alternate Delegate of Austria at the UN Human Rights Commission. For a couple of years he attended the Legal Sub-Group of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) at the Council of Europe. In 1985 and in 1988, during the First Gulf War, he served on a UN mission to Iran and Iraq to inspect prisoner-of-war camps. In 1992 he took part in OSCE missions to Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova in order to assess the human rights situation there.


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