Prof Dr Elies van Sliedregt

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.  At the ICC, I was a visiting professional with Chambers in 2010.

I am a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. Previously, from 2008-2013, I was member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and alumna since 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. I am also an author-contributor of the Oxford Bibliographies in International Law (on joint enterprise liability and conspiracy).

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

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  • 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 have taught on:

  • Mass Atrocities and Criminal Justice (LAW3516)
  • Introduction to Criminal Law (LAW141)
  • Criminal Law (LAW1260)
  • Global Governance Through Law (LAW5866M)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice
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