Judge Christoph Flügge


Born 14 July 1947 in Hamburg

Professional Career

December 2011 Elected as Judge of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT)
Since 18 November 2008 Permanent Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
2001 - 2007 Secretary of State at the Senate Justice Department of Berlin
1989 - 2001 Head of the Prison Administration in the Senate Justice Department of Berlin
1983 - 1989 Criminal Judge at the Country Court and the Criminal District Court of Berlin
1978 - 1983 Head of Division in the Prison department of the Senate Justice Department in Berlin
1977 - 1978 Public Prosecutor in Berlin
1976 Personal Assistant of the Senator for Interior in Berlin
1976 Second State Examination in Berlin
1973 - 1976 Junior lawyer in Berlin
1973 First State Examination in Berlin
1969 - 1971 Assistant of a member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) in Bonn
1967 - 1973 Study of law at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Bonn

Membership of professional bodies

1996 - 2007 Member of the Steering Committee of the Council of Europe for the Reform of the Ukrainian Prison System
2002 - 2004 and 2006 - 2008 Member of the board of curators of the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation
2001 - 2007 Member of the Council of the Foundation for the Memorial Berlin-Hohenschönhausen (former central pre-trial prison of the Secret Service of DDR - Stasi)
2001 - 2007 Member of the Board of Curators of the Berlin University of Supplied Sciences for Administration and Justice
1989 - 2001 Member of the Penitentiary Commission of the German Bundesländer
Since 1989 Member of the German League of Prison Governors

Related activities

  • Expert of the Council of Europe (seminars with the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court of Ukraine and with the Prison Administration of Lithuania)
  • Expert of the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (seminars with Russian Pardon Commissions, Estonian Chancellor of Law, Ukrainian Ministry of Justice and National Administration for Penitentiaries of Romania)


Editor and author of books and various other publications about transition of the penitentiary system of the former DDR, organisational reform and enhancement of the treatment standards in the prison system of Germany, reform of the judiciary in Middle and Eastern Europe, International Criminal Law