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.
- Witting S.K. (22 April 2023), Chatkontrolle verletzt sexuelle Selbstbestimmung von Jugendlichen. Netzpolitik. [blog entry].
- Crocker A., Leiser M.R. & Witting S.K. (2023), Outcome Report of 2nd Expert Workshop on EU proposed Regulation on preventing and combatting online child sexual abuse (. eLaw, Law, Leiden University), . Leiden: Leiden University.
- Witting S.K. & Leiser M.R. (2023), Outcome Report of 1st Expert Workshop on EU proposed Regulation on Preventing and Combatting Child Sexual Abuse . Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
- Witting S.K. (2 December 2022), Children's participation in digital policy making. Global Kids Online. [blog entry].
- Witting S.K. (2022), Optional Protocol 2: on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography A Commentary on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Leiden/Boston: Brill.
- Witting S.K. & Leiser M.R. (2022), An analysis and commentary on the European Union’s proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse (. Instituut voor Metajuridica, Law, Leiden University), . Leiden: Leiden University.
- Witting S.K. (2022), Addressing the vulnerabilities of children to sale and sexual exploitation in the framework of the sustainable development goals. Geneva: OHCHR.
- Witting S.K. (28 December 2021), Strengthening protection of women and children from online violence through the new Data Protection Act. UNICEF Zimbabwe. [blog entry].
- Witting S.K. (2021), Transnational by Default: Online Child Sexual Abuse Respects No Borders, The International Journal of Children's Rights 29(3): 731-764.
- Witting S.K. (2 April 2021), Walking a tightrope on an ethernet cable: The CRC Committee’s 25th General Comment Children’s Rights in relation to the digital environment. Leiden Law Blog. Leiden, Netherlands: Leiden University. [blog entry].
- Kardefelt-Winther D., Day E., Berman G., Witting S.K. & Bose A. (2020), Encryption, Privacy and Children’s Right to Protection from Harm. Innocenti Working Paper no. 2020-14. Florence: UNICEF Innocenti. [working paper].
- Witting S.K. (11 June 2020), Child sexual abuse in the digital era : Rethinking legal frameworks and transnational law enforcement collaboration (Dissertatie. Institute of Private Law, Faculty of Law, Leiden University). Supervisor(s): Sloth-Nielsen J.J. & Hof S. van der.
- Witting S.K. & Angula M. (2020), Leveraging international law to strengthen the national legal framework on child sexual abuse material in Namibia, Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa 53(1): 1-28.
- Witting S.K. (2019), Regulating bodies: the moral panic of child sexuality in the digital era, Kritische Vierteljahresschrift für Gesetzgebung und Rechtswissenschaft 102(1): 5-38.
- Witting S.K. (2018), Do ut des: Disseminating online child sexual abuse material for investigative purposes?, Proceedings of the Central European Cybersecurity Conference 2018 (CECC 2018), Ljubljana, Slovenia, November, 2018. CECC 2018: Proceedings of the Central European Cybersecurity Conference 2018 15 November 2018 - 16 November 2018. New York: Association for Computing Machinery. 1-6.
- Witting S.K. (15 June 2018), Leveraging technology to enhance access to justice for children in Africa. Leiden Law Blog. [blog entry].
- Witting S.K. (2018), The "Greyscale" of "Child Pornography": Of Mangas, Avatars and School Girls: Part 2, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review 2018(4): .
- Witting S.K. (2018), The "Greyscale" of "Child Pornography": Of Mangas, Avatars and School Girls: Part 1, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review 2018(3): .
- Witting S.K. (15 October 2017), Nach dem Fahndungserfolg ist vor der Rechtsverletzung: Öffentlichkeitsfahndung nach Opfern von Straftaten. Verfassungsblog. [blog entry].
- Witting S.K. (28 June 2017), 'Cyber’ Trafficking? An Interpretation of the Palermo Protocol in the Digital Era. Völkerrechtsblog. [blog entry].
- Witting S.K. (19 April 2017), 'Girls belong in school, and not in front of the altar’: Is the German Bill on Child Marriages violating International Law?. Verfassungsblog. [blog entry].
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