Wolfgang Kaleck founded the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) together with other internationally renowned lawyers in Berlin in 2007. Wolfgang Kaleck has served as General Secretary and Legal Director of the organization since its foundation.
Kaleck previously worked as a criminal law attorney at law firm Hummel.Kaleck.Rechtsanwälte, which he co-founded in 1991. Since 1998 he has been an advocate for the Koalition gegen Straflosigkeit (Coalition against Impunity) which fights to hold Argentinian military officials accountable for the murder and disappearance of German citizens during the Argentine dictatorship. Between 2004 and 2008, he worked with the New York Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to pursue criminal proceedings against members of the US military, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Kaleck is a board member of the Centre of European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen (ZERP), the Forum for International and Criminal and Humanitarian Law (FICHL), the lawyers collective CCAJAR in Columbia, the Mexican non-governmental organization ProDESC, FIAN Germany as well as the Paul Grueninger Foundation.
In 2020, Kaleck is Scholar-in-Residence at the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at the CUNY School of Law in New York City. There, he leads a series of human rights seminars about transnational human rights litigation, social movements, business and human rights, and more.
For his work as lawyer and founder of ECCHR, Wolfgang Kaleck has been honored with multiple awards: