Claus Kreß (Dr. jur. Cologne; LL.M. Cantab.) is Professor for Criminal Law and Public International Law. He holds the Chair for German and International Criminal Law and he is Director of the Institute of International Peace and Security Law at the University of Cologne. His prior practice was in the German Federal Ministry of Justice on matters of criminal law and international law. Since 1998 he has been representing Germany in the negotiations regarding the International Criminal Court. Claus Kreß is co-editor of several law journals, including the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the Journal of the Use of Force and International Law. He is Life Member of Clare Hall College at the University of Cambridge, Member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Northrhine-Westfalia and recipient of the 2014 M.C. Bassiouni Justice Award.