Eva Schmidt is PhD researcher at the Department of Child Law, Institute for Private Law since the 1st of September 2018.
Eva Schmidt obtained her bachelors in Law and in Psychology (both cum laude) at Utrecht University. During her bachelor’s degrees, she participated among other things in research projects that were carried out by Utrecht University and by the Children’s Ombudsman.
Eva followed the Legal Research Master at Utrecht University. During her master’s degree, she mainly followed criminal law and family law courses. In addition, she worked as a student-assistant at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology. Moreover she did internships at the Court of Appeal of Arnhem-Leeuwarden and the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. During this time, she also published several pieces of work, among others in the Dutch Journal for Family and Child Law (Tijdschrift voor Familie- en Jeugdrecht). In August 2018, she obtained her master’s degree cum laude.
In September 2018, Eva started her PhD research, which is titled ‘Culpability in Development: Sentencing Adolescents as Juveniles or Adults’. This research is financed with a scholarship from the Research Talent programme of the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The research aims to clarify the concepts of criminal culpability and responsibility of adolescents (juveniles and young adults). It will be investigated how these concepts should be understood from a legal, but also from a (neuro- and developmental) psychological perspective. To this end, a comparison will be made with Belgium and Germany. In addition, interviews with the judiciary will be held. The research will be conducted within the Department of Child Law under the supervision of prof. Ton Liefaard and dr. Stephanie Rap.