Dr Karin Dotter-Schiller is Deputy Head of Department for Prison Service in the Federal Ministry of Justice in Vienna, Austria. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna and finished her doctoral studies in 1980. After a period as a Trainee Judge she served as a Judge in the District 1 Court of Vienna and as a Public Prosecutor when she was seconded to the Federal Ministry of Justice in 1991.
She was appointed Deputy Head of the Human Resource and Administrative Management Division in 1993 and Deputy Head of the Policy, Administration and Co-ordination Division of the Directorate of the National Prison Administration in 2002. In 2008 she served as Acting Director General of the Austrian Prison Service. She is a founder member of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) and since 2009 Member of the ICPA Board.
In 2009 she established the Middle Europe Corrections Roundtable (MECR), of which she is Chair and Chief Co-ordinator. Joining some Heads of European Prison Administrations in 2010 Karin set up the European Organisation of Prison and Correctional Services (EuroPris) in order to improve cooperation among European Prison Services and enhancing Public Safety and Security. EuroPris was founded and officially registered in 2011. Karin has been elected Vice President and holds this position since.