Leonie van Lent

Leonie van Lent is an associate professor of criminal law and criminal procedure at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology of Utrecht University’s Law School. She is also a researcher in the Law School’s Montaigne Centre for Rule of Law and Administration of Justice. In 2008 she received her PhD from Utrecht University on a doctoral thesis on the principle of publicity in criminal proceedings.

Her research focuses on the law of criminal procedure, procedural principles and human rights, with a special view to the public character of the criminal process in theory and practice. Her publications also pertain to the participation of laypeople in the administration of justice, the accessibility of court decisions and their language for the public and the relationship between the courts and the media.

Leonie van Lent teaches courses on Dutch criminal procedure, human rights and comparative criminal law in the Law School’s Bachelor and its Master program of criminal law, and is also supervisor of research projects in the Law School’s Legal Research Master. She is a member of the Board of Examiners of the Master Programs. Also, she is head of the Legal Skills Academy, the center of skills expertise and support run by a team of skills dedicated teachers in the Law School. Leonie van Lent is an honorary judge in the District Court of Noord-Holland and a visiting fellow in the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR).