Karl Wolfram 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. He 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.
He has published and edited numerous articles and books in the field of international law, human rights, and humanitarian law. He is co-editor of the European Yearbook on Human Rights (Vienna) which started in 2009.
Karl Wolfram 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. Besides that, he started his legal career in the Law Office of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Geneva (1969-71).