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   The conference is organised by:

Kai Lindenberg

Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure - University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Kai Lindenberg is Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Sexual offences are one of his main research interests. In that context he has, among others, published on rape, sexual assault, sex trafficking, online grooming, child pornography, sexting and sexchatting. In light of societal developments he is particularly interested in consent, online offences, fair labelling, mens rea, covert operations and international obligations. Professor Lindenberg was in charge of a report on Dutch sexual offences commissioned by the Dutch government, which led to the decision to prepare a fundamental overhaul of the sexual offences. He regularly advises government, members of parliament, police, prosecutors, judges and NGO’s on related issues.

Alisdair Gillespie

Professor of Criminal Law and Justice and Head of the School of Law - Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Alisdair A. Gillespie primarily researches cybercrime particularly in respect of child sexual exploitation facilitated by Information and Communication Technologies. He has published widely in this field. He works closely with law enforcement, prosecutors and the judiciary, and also government departments and NGOs from across Europe.

They will be joined by the following speakers:

Kim Barker

Lecturer in private law - Stirling Law School, University of Stirling, United Kingdom

Dr Kim Barker is based at Stirling Law School, University of Stirling (UK). Her research focuses on internet & intellectual property law, and explores the regulation & control of online multi-user platforms including online environments (particularly online games and social media sites); and the intersection between user responsibility and platform provider responsibility. Her research explores the issues of online misogyny, including online violence against women (OVAW), and assesses the legal responses to such problems. She is co-author of the leading volume, 'Online Misogyny as a Hate Crime: A Challenge for (Legal) Regulation?

Ines Bojić

Practicing lawyer from Zagreb, Croatia

Ines Bojić is a practicing lawyer from Zagreb, Croatia. She has the experience of working as a legal adviser at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia and the European Court of Human Rights. She is coordinator of the legal team of one of the most visible human rights organisations in Croatia, external associate at the Family Law department of Law Faculty in Zagreb, Legal expert at the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination. She is representative in numerous cases before domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights.

Emma Bond

Director of Research, Head of Graduate School and Professor of Socio-Technical Research - University of Suffolk, United Kingdom

Emma has nearly 20 years teaching experience on social science undergraduate and post-graduate courses and extensive research experience focusing on domestic abuse; sexual abuse; revenge pornography; sexting; online risk and vulnerable groups. Her research interests focus on the everyday interactions between people, society and technology and she is especially interested in developing both innovative, accessible methodologies in research which foster ethical and meaningful participation with marginalised groups. Her research on virtual environments, mobile technologies and risk has attracted much national and international acclaim. Emma is also Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee for the NSPCC in the UK.

Alice Bosma  

Assistant professor department of Criminal Law - Tilburg University, the Netherlands

Alice Bosma is currently working as an assistant professor at the department of Criminal Law, Tilburg University. She obtained her PhD from INTERVICT in February 2019. Most of her research focuses on the acknowledgment of emotional victim narratives by professionals in the courtroom. She has extensive experience in multidisciplinary research, combining insights from (criminal) law, social psychology and philosophy.

Argyro Chatzinikolaou

Doctoral Researcher at the Law & Technology Group - Ghent University, Belgium

Argyro's research revolves around the online sexual behaviour of minors and, more precisely, focuses on the balance between the protection of children’s rights and the fulfillment of the need to protect children within the digital environment. She is currently working on the research project “Minors and online sexual acts: a study of legal qualifications and regulatory approaches from a children’s rights perspective” (FWO), and has recently co-authored the following papers with Prof. Dr. Eva Lievens:  “A Legal Perspective on Trust, Control and Privacy in the Context of Sexting among Children in Europe” (2020), and “Towards a Legal Qualification of Online Sexual Acts in which Children are Involved: Constructing a Typology” (2019). Argyro regularly contributes to the Strasbourg Observers blog.

Jianlin Chen

Associate Professor - University of Melbourne, Australia

Jianlin grew up in Singapore and Taiwan. He obtained his LLB from National University of Singapore, and his LLM and JSD from the University of Chicago. He joined the Melbourne Law School in 2017 after starting his academic career at the University of Hong Kong in 2011. His current primary research interests are law & religion and criminal law, with a particular focus on fraud (e.g., religious fraud regulation, fraudulent sex criminalization), and through a combination of comparative perspectives and economic analysis.

Thomas Crofts

Professor at the School of Law and Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences - City University of Hong Kong

Professor Crofts' research in criminal law, criminology and criminal justice centres on criminalisation and criminal responsibility with a particular focus on the criminalisation and criminal responsibility of children, comparative criminal law and criminal law reform. He is co-author of Sexting and Young People (Palgrave 2015).

Suzie Dunn

PhD Candidate & part-time professor - University of Ottawa, Canada

Suzie Dunn is PhD student and part time professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. Her research centers on the intersections of gender, equality, technology and the law, with a specific focus the non-consensual distribution of intimate images, deepfakes, and impersonation in digital spaces. As an innovative thinker with a deep passion for human rights and technology, she has published and presented her work both nationally and internationally on issues including the importance of internet connectivity for northern youth, the application of Canadian law to deepfake technology, and civil responses to the non-consensual distribution of intimate images.

Shannon Fyfe

Assistant Professor at the Philosophy Department - George Mason University, United States

Adjunct Professor - Antonin Scalia Law School, United States

Dr. Fyfe’s research interests are in legal philosophy, ethics, and political philosophy, with a focus on responsibility and mass violence, especially gender-based violence. Her work in this field seeks to provide a philosophical framework for defending and criticizing current practices of holding individuals legally and morally accountable for their participation in wrongdoing. She has published articles that engage with international and domestic criminal law, feminist epistemology, speech act theory, just war theory, and moral psychology, and she recently published International Criminal Tribunals: A Normative Defense (with Larry May) with Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Matthew Gibson

Senior Lecturer in Law - University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Dr. Matt Gibson researches criminal law doctrine and theory. Increasingly, his work focusses on the principle of 'fair labelling': the idea that crimes should be sub-divided and labelled according to types and degrees of wrongdoing. He also researches more general issues of criminalisation. Beyond this, he has separate interests in criminal law and religion. Matt has published widely on all these topics. His latest article investigates matters of criminalisation and fair labelling in deceptive sexual relations (OJLS, forthcoming, 2020). He is also developing a theory of fair labelling, to be tested in a new article and forthcoming monograph.

Marthe Goudsmit

DPhil Candidate in Law - University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Marthe Goudsmit researches the criminalisation of image-based sexual abuse at the University of Oxford, where she is a doctoral candidate in law. Her work aims to clarify conceptual issues underlying the wrongs of image-based sexual abuse. Her research is grounded in criminal law and informed by jurisprudence, feminist theory and domestic abuse frameworks. Marthe Goudsmit teaches law at Oxford, and previously taught law and jurisprudence at Leiden University. She holds Master’s degrees in Jurisprudence (LL.M) Philosophy of Law (MA) and Public International Law (LL.M).

Chiara Greco

Ph.D Student in 'Law and social change: the challenges of transnational regulation' - Roma Tre University, Italy

Chiara Greco graduated in Advanced International Law at Roma Tre University in 2017, with a dissertation on 'Pre-trial detention in International Law: the Assange case’. Afterwards, she worked as an intern in Milan’s Public Prosecutor Office – Counter Mafia Department. Her academic interests mainly concern the interactions between criminal law and International/European law. She recently published on the Italian Law Review ‘Diritto Penale Contemporaneo’ an analysis of the Rome Court of Appeal’s judgment in the ‘Mafia Capitale’ case. She is currently a Ph.D. Student at Roma Tre University, analyzing the evolution of the EU’s strategy in the fight against organized crime.

Tara Harris

Independent researcher - South Africa

Tara Harris is an independent researcher in South Africa. Her DPhil in Criminology focuses on gender differences in adolescent sexting, with the specific purpose of having developed a sexting policy framework for secondary schools. Tara has ten years of lecturing experience in the discipline and has published within the domain of youth crime and criminal justice, including two articles on adolescent sexting specifically: “THX 4 ITS ☺ GNOC L8R?1 Gendered behaviour and opinions regarding sexting among secondary school learners” and “Gender differences in adolescent online victimisation and sexting expectancies”. Her research interests include youth crime, cybercrimes, gender studies and the impact of social media on criminal behaviour.

Elisa Hoven

Professor for Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law - University of Leipzig, Germany

Elisa Hoven is Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Leipzig and Director of the Institute for Media Law and Digitization. She has worked intensively on questions of sexual criminal law, especially with regard to the new challenges of digital communication.

Jasper Iking

Project Manager - WATCH, The Netherlands

Jasper is the Project Manager of WATCH Netherlands, an innovative project tackling online child sexual exploitation using innovative technology such as Forensic ICT and private investigators. Prior to taking up this role, Jasper was an operational specialist in the human trafficking unit of the police unit in Zeeland en West-Brabant.

Malin Joleby

PhD student in legal and developmental psychology - University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Malin Joleby is a PhD student within legal and developmental psychology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research focus on children who are victims of sexual abuse online.

Olga Jurasz

Senior Lecturer in Law - Open University Law School, United Kingdom

Dr. Olga Jurasz is based at the Open University Law School (UK). Dr. Jurasz’s research focuses on international law, human rights, and legal responses to violence against women (including online violence), specializing in feminist perspectives on law in these areas. Her research (with Dr. Kim Barker) also explores a number of aspects of online, text-based abuse, including consideration of online misogyny & online violence against women (OVAW) as a hate crime as well as legal regulation of online abuse. Dr. Jurasz and Dr. Barker are authors of 'Online misogyny as a hate crime: a challenge for legal regulation' (Routledge 2019).

Zvjezdana Kuprešak

Legal trainee at a law office - Zagreb, Croatia

Zvjezdana Kuprešak is a legal trainee at law office in Zagreb, Croatia. She is currently preparing for independent legal practice and is oriented to human rights cases, mostly in the field of criminal and family law. She has the experience of representing clients in proceedings before domestic courts in various fields of law and assisting in human right cases before the European Court of Human Rights. She also has the experience of working in legal counselling of one of the most visible human rights organizations in Croatia as a member of their legal team.

Elizabeth Lanphier

Ethics Fellow - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, United States

Elizabeth Lanphier, PhD, MS, is a philosopher specializing in medical ethics and shared responsibility. Her scholarship is particularly interested in the concept of consent within medical, sexual, and political contexts. Dr. Lanphier also works as a clinical ethicist directly involved in patient care in the hospital setting.

Eva Lievens

Assistant Professor in Law & Technology - Ghent University, Belgium

Prof. dr. Eva Lievens is an Assistant Professor of Law & Technology at Ghent University and a member of the Human Rights Centre, the Crime, Criminology & Criminal Policy Consortium, ANSER and PIXLES. A recurrent focus in her research relates to the legal impact of the design and deployment of technology in today’s society, human and children’s rights in the digital environment, and the use of alternative regulatory instruments, such as self- and co-regulation to regulate tech phenomena. At Ghent University, Eva teaches ‘European Media Law’, ‘European Law & ICT’, ‘Cybercrime, Technology & Surveillance’, and ‘Data Protection Law’.

Goran Livazovic

Associate Professor at the Department for Pedagogy Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - University in Osijek, Croatia

Goran is an Associate Professor at the Department for Pedagogy, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University in Osijek, Croatia (2008-). He is specialised in risk behaviour research and media education with focus on adolescents. He obtained his PhD in 2011 at the University in Zagreb with the thesis „The impact of media on adolescent problem behaviour aetiology“. He serves a the Vice-Dean for Teaching (2014-2017) and Head of the Department for Pedagogy (2012-2014; 2020) at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek. He is Secretary of the Croatian Pedagogical Society (2013-2018). He published 40 papers and 1 book. Member of the “Croatian Violence Monitor” project (Croatian Foundation for Science, 2017.-).

Sharon McLaughlin

Law Lecturer - Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), Republic of Ireland

Sharon McLaughlin is a legal researcher and law lecturer at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT). Sharon's research focuses, from a primarily regulatory perspective, on issues such as cyberbullying, sexual exploitation and privacy in the context of children's use of ICT. Sharon is especially interested in the role of law, and of education, when it comes to the intersection and interplay between children's protective and participatory rights in the online environment.

Monica Parodi

Research fellow in European Union Law - University of Florence, Italy

Monica Parodi is a Research fellow in EU law at the University of Florence, her main research interests include: the relationship between the EU and the ECHR, EU institutional law, fundamental rights and the protection of minors in the cyberspace.

Dyonne Pennings

Technical Advisor Child Sexual Exploitation - Terre des Hommes, The Netherlands

Dyonne is a child protection professional currently working as a Technical Advisor on Child Sexual Exploitation with Terre des Hommes. She co-designs projects in the Netherlands (such as WATCH), East Africa and SouthEast Asia on preventing and addressing child sexual exploitation. Prior to this role, she worked as a child protection social worker in a specialist team for sexually exploited children in London. She worked directly with teenagers who had been sexually exploited providing psychosocial support and systemic family therapeutic interventions. In this role she worked directly with law enforcement and schools in London to design interventions to combat Child Sexual Exploitation in the region. She has also worked on research on Gender Based Violence in conflict with an Australian research institute researching how international norm creation on prevention of sexual violence changes behaviour of states.

Derek Perkins

Professor of Forensic Psychology - Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom

Derek Perkins is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with West London NHS Trust, and Professor of Forensic Psychology at the School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London. He is co-director of the onlineProtect research group on internet-related sexual offending and a Trustee of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. He has set up and evaluated sex offender treatment services in prison, forensic mental health and community, and published on forensic mental health, sexual offending and personality disorder. He is currently carrying out research on online child sexual exploitation and sexual homicide.

Andy Phippen

Professor of Digital Rights - Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Visiting professor- University of Suffolk, United Kingdom

Andy is a computer scientist by training who has worked at the interfaces between tech, society and law for almost 20 years. The focus of this work in recent times has been image based abuse of both adults and children, the failings of the law, and the impact of failing policy on victims. He works with the UK Revenge Porn Helpline and the UK Safer Internet Centre, and is a frequent media commentator on these issues.

Roni Rosenberg

Associate professor - Ono Academic College, Israel

Dr. Roni Rosenberg is an associate professor at the Ono Academic College, Israel, and was a researcher in the Taubenschlag Institute of Criminal Law in  the Tel Aviv University. Dr. Rosenberg was the editor in chief of the Bar Ilan University Law Review, and is the author of "Between Action and Omission in Criminal Jurisprudence", published in 2015. His articles in Criminal Law are published worldwide in leading Law journls.  His research spans two main areas, Criminal Jurisprudence and Contract Law.

Laurie Schreurs

PhD Candidate at the department of Criminal Law - Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Laurie Schreurs is currently working as a PhD Candidate at the department of Criminal Law, Tilburg University. Her dissertation focuses on cryptocrimes in a broad perspective, encompassing substantive and procedural law; criminal and punitive administrative law; Dutch and European law.

Andrea Slane

Associate Professor, Legal Studies and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities - Ontario Tech University, Canada

Andrea Slane's research focuses on law’s interface with digital communication technologies. She has published on a range of topics at this interface, including on the nature of privacy interests in sexual images; the appropriate scope and limits to privacy protection online; legal and regulatory approaches to address online and other digital exploitation of vulnerable people (youth, seniors, people with mental health issues, women, LGBTQ+; as well as consumers in general); and personality rights and other efforts to use intellectual property to protect personal information and identity.

Litska Strikwerda

Assistant professor - Open Universiteit, The Netherlands

Litska Strikwerda, assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of the Open University, has a background in criminal law and applied ethics. For her doctoral dissertation on 'virtual cybercrime' she received the Erasmus Praemium Dissertation Award. She has been a visiting scholar at the Centre for Digital Ethics & Policy at Loyola University (Chicago, US) and currently teaches a master course on law enforcement in digital society. Moreover, several publications and her membership of the Cyber Science Center demonstrate her embeddedness in the scientific domain of ethics, criminal law and (digital) technology.

Jeroen ten Voorde

Associate professor of criminal law and criminal procedure - Leiden University, The Netherlands
Professor in criminal law and philosophy - University of Groningen, The Netherlands

In his research Jeroen ten Voorde focuses on topics of substantive criminal law. He has written articles on principles of criminalization (e.g. Harmonising Legal Interests. In: The Future of EU Criminal Justice Policy and Practice 2019, pp. 121ff), on justifications and excuses (self-defense in particular), intent (European Public Law 2015, pp. 555ff) and various crimes. Among others: blasphemy and hate crime. The last few years his research focused on sexual offences, in particular on virtual grooming, sexting, sexchatting and revenge porn. He always tries to combine legal and philosophical perspectives in his publications.

Igor Vuletic

Associate Professor - Faculty of Law Osijek, Croatia

Igor works at the Department of Criminal Sciences, Faculty of Law Osijek since 2006, currently as an associate professor of substantive criminal law. His main field of scientific interest is focused on substantive criminal law issues, especially on sexual offences and sexual violence against women and children, medical criminal law, and recently on the impact of autonomous intelligence on criminal law. He is the author of over 40 articles and co-author of one scientific book.

Sarah Wefers

Doctoral researcher - Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Sarah Wefers, BSc, MSc, is a doctoral researcher at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research interests focus on child sexual offending and sexual interest in children. Her doctoral research explores transnational child sex offending. She has worked with a variety of people who have committed sex offences, ranging from people in the community in Germany (Prevention Project Dunkelfeld) to high secure forensic patients.

Thomas Weigend

Professor (retired) - University of Cologne, Germany

From 1986 to 2016, Thomas Weigend served as a professor of criminal law and criminal procedure at the University of Cologne (Germany). He taught as a visiting professor at several foreign universities. He has published books on criminal procedure as well as many articles in law journals and collective volumes in Germany and abroad. His main research interest is in comparative criminal law and criminal procedure law, criminal policy as well as international criminal law. He has been co-editor of Zeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtwissenschaft since 1988.

Sabine Witting

PhD Researcher at the Department of Child Law/Centre for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw) - Leiden University, The Netherlands

Sabine studied Law at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and at China University of Political Science and Law. She is currently finalising her PhD titled ‘Child Sexual Abuse in the Digital Era - Rethinking Legal Frameworks and Transnational Law Enforcement Collaboration’ at Leiden University. Since 2015, Sabine has been working with UNICEF as Child Justice and Legal Reform Officer, first in Namibia, and now in Zimbabwe. In her academic and professional work, Sabine focuses on legal reform and access to justice for women and children, as well as prevention and response to online sexual abuse and exploitation.


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