Prof Dr Elies van Sliedregt


I joined the Law School in January 2016. Before I came to Leeds I was professor of Criminal Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Dean of the Faculty from 2011-2015. Previously I taught at Leiden University and Utrecht University.

I have held visiting fellowships in Cambridge, Oxford, Bologna, and at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. In 2015, I was  Holding  Redlich  fellow  at  the  Castan  Center for  Human  Rights  at  Monash University  Melbourne.  

I am a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. I am an alumn of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) (2008-2013).

I am senior editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 

Research interests

I have secured over £1 million in external research funding, as principal investigator. I have managed research studies in the fields of legal pluralism, criminal responsibility, and terrorism and the presumption of innocence funded by the Dutch Research Council.

My research interests include: comparative research into principles of criminal law (presumption of innocence, personal culpability), legal pluralism, European Arrest Warrant, terrorism, refugee exclusion

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, University of Tilburg
  • LL.M, University of Utrecht
  • MA (Italian), University of Utrecht
  • LLB , University of Utrecht
  • BA (Italian), University of Utrecht

Student education

I teach:

  • Mass Atrocities and Criminal Justice (LAW3516)
  • Criminal Law (LAW1260)
  • International Law (LAW2146)
  • Transnational and Comparative Criminology (LAW2095)
  • International Criminal Law (LAW5146M)
  • New Frontiers of Security, Conflict and Justice (LAW5005M)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice
  • European Centre for Responsibility to Protect

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>