Ligeia Quackelbeen


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Universiteitstraat 4 B - 9000 Gent

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born on 01 December 1988
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Expertise: International & European Criminal Law and Human Rights Law

Ligeia Quackelbeen holds a Master of Laws from Ghent University (2012, Cum Laude) as well as an LLM 'International Human Rights and Criminal Justice' from Utrecht University (2013, Cum Laude). Throughout her studies, Ligeia has been dedicated to the study of criminal law and human rights which is demonstrated by two master dissertations (Enforced Disappearances under the European and Inter-American Human Rights System – The prosecutorial duty to disclose exculpatory material at the ICC). She furthermore has found it important to put her knowledge into practice and participated in two moot courts ('Moot Court International Human Rights' and the ‘ICC Trial Competition’) as well as interned at the ICTY for the Standby Council for Karadžić.

Prior to her current position as an academic assistant, Ligeia was the main researcher for the STEPS 2 resettlement project Workstream 4, addressing the challenges in information exchange connected to the transfer of prisoners in light of Framework Decision 2008/909/JHA on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This position gave her the opportunity to deepen her understanding of European criminal law.

As an Academic Assistant, Ligeia is responsible for the courses ‘International Criminal Law'and 'European Criminal Policy'. She is currently preparing a doctoral thesis on the judicial interpretation of international crimes by the ICC and how certain interpretative practices conflict with the legality principle. Ligeia was recently appointed Editorial Secretary of the RIDP – Revue Internationale de Droit Penal  (journal of the Association International de Droit Penal). 

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Academic Assistant Criminal Law