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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 focusing on the intersection of fundamental rights and children’s rights with digital technologies. In this highly polarized area, various interest groups often pit rights against each other, making it challenging to reconcile competing fundamental rights interests. This complexity is further amplified when considering different rights holders, such as adults and children, and the diverse compelling interests involved, such as investigating online child sexual abuse offences while upholding privacy and data protection. In this context, Sabine is particularly interested in the development of regulatory measures within the EU, and how such measures impact law making and regulatory processes all over the world. Acknowledging the transnational and complex nature of fundamental rights/children’s rights and digital technologies, her research and teaching is interdisciplinary and comparative in nature.


Sabine is the course coordinator and main lecturer for the course ‘Human Rights in a Digital Age’ in the Advanced Master on European and International Human Rights Law. Further, she teaches courses on children’s rights and digital technologies as part of the Advanced Master on Law and Digital Technologies and Advanced Master International Children’s Rights.


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. In 2020, she successfully defended her PhD at Leiden University titled 'Child sexual abuse in the digital era - Rethinking legal frameworks and transnational law enforcement collaboration’. 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.

In 2022, she co-founded Tech Legality, a consulting firm founded to ensure that digital technologies are deployed and governed in a way that protects and respects human rights, centering the needs of children, and vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Metajuridica
  • eLaw@Leiden
  • Tech Legality Consultancy Services
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