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Gavin Robinson

Assistant professor

Dr. G.L. Robinson
+31 71 527 2727

Dr Gavin Robinson PhD LLM is Assistant Professor in Criminal Law and Digital Technologies at eLaw - Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University.

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Dr Gavin Robinson PhD LLM is Assistant Professor in Criminal Law and Digital Technologies at eLaw - Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University. He does research on digital crime (especially economic, financial and AI-facilitated crimes), transnational (cyber-) investigation, comparative criminal procedure, police, judicial and public-private cooperation, data protection law and criminal online content.

Gavin has contributed as co-coordinator, expert or national reporter to international, multidisciplinary research projects run from the Netherlands (funded by the European Commission and NWO), Luxembourg (FNR), Italy (European Commission, FP7) and the United Kingdom (EPSRC), as well as for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

He has co-edited two volumes – one on legal innovation, and one on preventing and resolving conflicts of jurisdiction in EU criminal law – and published in scientific and professional outlets on the tensions between data-driven law enforcement, the gathering of electronic evidence, and antiterrorism and the rights to a fair trial, to private life, to data protection, and to freedom of expression online.

Gavin has presented collective and individual research at events in Australia, China, India, Singapore, Latin America and at conferences throughout Europe. Prior to joining eLaw, he worked for the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology at Utrecht University, whilst serving on the board of the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE). In 2023, he was visiting scholar at the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation (UNSW Sydney).

An experienced Master’s thesis supervisor and PhD mentor, Gavin has created, coordinated and delivered LLB and LLM courses on data retention, data protection for law enforcement, corruption, money laundering, market abuse, cryptocrime, terrorist content and CSAM, corporate criminal liability and comparative state theory.

He holds a PhD and a bilingual LLM in European Economic and Financial Criminal Law from the University of Luxembourg, and an LLB from Edinburgh Law School. In Luxembourg, Gavin interned at the Court of Justice of the European Union and in the compliance and risk department of a fund services firm. He has intermediate Dutch and is fluent in Spanish and French.

Assistant professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Metajuridica
  • eLaw@Leiden

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden



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