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Judit Altena

Assistant Professor

Mr.dr. J.G.H. Altena
+31 71 527 5356

Judit Altena-Davidsen works as a PhD Candidate at the Leiden Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree at the Radboud University in Nijmegen in 2009, she came to Leiden to take a Master’s in Criminal Law. Since September 2010, she has worked on a PhD project on the Legality Principle in European Criminal Law.

Apart from researching and teaching, Judit is an editor at the Dutch journal for criminal law, Delikt & Delinkwent for which she writes a chronicle on European Criminal Law twice a year. She was a PhD-Member of the editorial board of Ars Aequi Law Review for two years.


Focus of Judits research is the functioning of the legality principle in European substantive criminal law. In her PhD project she focuses on three issues. The first is how the legality principle is conceived by the European Court of Justice, and whether it is considered to apply directly to EU institutions and legislation. The second is whether and what frictions and questions may arise for the application of the legality principle when courts are confronted with Europeanised criminal law. Lastly, the more theoretical question to the possible role of the legality principle in the field of European criminal law will be adressed.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Strafrecht & Criminologie
  • Straf- en Strafprocesrecht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 3.29



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