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Kelly Pitcher

Assistant professor

Dr. K.M. Pitcher
+31 71 527 7528

Kelly Pitcher is Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology.

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Kelly Pitcher joined the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology in February 2016. She holds an LL.B (English Law) from the University of Kent and an LL.M (Criminal Justice & Human Rights) from the University of Aberdeen.

Following her studies, Kelly Pitcher did an internship and worked with counsel representing accused at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Thereafter she studied Dutch law at the University of Amsterdam, during which time she worked at an international law firm. From 2009 to 2015 she worked at the University of Amsterdam, where, in addition to undertaking doctoral research, she taught subjects in Dutch criminal law and criminal procedure.


In September 2016 Kelly Pitcher defended her doctoral thesis titled ‘Judicial Responses to Pre-Trial Procedural Violations in International Criminal Proceedings’. As a fellow of the E.M. Meijers Institute, she conducts research within the ‘Criminal Justice: Legitimacy, Accountability and Effectivity’ research programme. Her research interests lie in the fields of criminal procedure and criminal evidence, with an emphasis on comparative, human rights and theoretical perspectives. 


Kelly Pitcher teaches various subjects in criminal law and criminal procedure at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and supervises both bachelor’s and master’s theses.

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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