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Sabine Witting

Assistant Professor

Dr. S.K. Witting
+31 71 527 8838

Sabine Witting is an Assistant Professor at eLaw.

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Sabine Witting is an Assistant Professor at eLaw and is teaching courses in the Advanced LLM Programme Law and Digital Technologies, as well as in the Advanced LLM Programme International Children’s Rights. Her research and teaching focuses on: 1) Regulation, investigation and prosecution of online child sexual abuse, cyber trafficking and image-based sexual assault 2) Regulation and implementation of transnational law enforcement collaboration agreements in online violence cases; 3) Gender-sensitive and child friendly access to justice in (online) sexual violence cases 4) Balancing right to protection from sexual abuse and exploitation, rule of law and right to privacy in the digital space. 

Acknowledging the transnational and complex nature of online violence against women and children, her research and teaching is interdisciplinary and comparative in nature, with a strong focus on the Global South.


Sabine Witting studied Law at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and at China University for Political Science and Law, specialising in Internationalisation and Europeanisation of law. From September 2017 until June 2020, Sabine was an external PhD Candidate and Researcher at Leiden University and connected to the Department of Child Law and the Centre for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw). She successfully defended her PhD at Leiden University titled 'Child sexual abuse in the digital era - Rethinking legal frameworks and transnational law enforcement collaboration’ in June 2020. The PhD was supervised by Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen and Prof. Simone van der Hof. 

Since 2015, Sabine has been working for the United Nations and national NGOs in Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as the East Asia and Pacific region where she advises Government, civil society and other stakeholders on prevention and response to (online) violence against women and children, legal reform and international law.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Metajuridica
  • eLaw@Leiden


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