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Professor Estella Baker

Job: Professor of European Criminal Law and Justice

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7256




Personal profile

Professor of European Criminal Law and Justice.  Member of the European Commission's Expert Group on EU Criminal Policy.  Estella has previously held posts at the University of Sheffield and the University of Leicester, as well as visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Penal Law, Freiburg; the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia; and the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge.  She was a trustee of Fair Trials International from 2002-2008, and chaired the Board of Trustees from 2006-2008.

Estella's primary area of expertise is EU, transnational and comparative criminal law and justice, particularly the evolving penal competence of the EU and its role in governance and citizenship.  She also works in the field of punishment and sentencing.

Research interests/expertise

  • EU, transnational and comparative criminal law and justice (including the "Area of Freedom, Security and Justice");
  • Punishment, sentencing and penal policy;
  • Governance, legitimacy and citizenship in the context of the above areas;
  • Criminal law

Areas of teaching

Freedom, Security and Criminal Justice in the EU; Identities, Citizens and Cultures in the EU; Issues in Comparative Penology; Penology and Sentencing (postgraduate)

Criminal Law; Criminology; EU Law; Punishment and Penal Policy (undergraduate)


BA Law Hons (Nottingham); MPhil Criminology (Cantab)

Courses taught

Advanced Criminal Law; Criminal Law; EU Law

Membership of external committees

Committee Member, European Criminal Law Association (UK)ECLA;

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Society of Criminology;

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies;

European Criminal Law Association (UK)ECLA;

European Criminal Lawyers Academic Network;

European Society of Criminology;

Howard League for Penal Reform;

Society of Legal Scholars

Forthcoming events


Conference attendance

Recent invited papers include:

  • 'The European Criminal Justice Jigsaw and its Relevance to Scotland', keynote address, to the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (2011);
  • 'Opt Ins and the Transitional Period', Polish National School of the Judiciary and Public Prosecution, Krakow (2010);
  • 'The Emerging Role of the EU as a Penal Actor', workshop on European Penology? at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain (2010);
  • 'Without a Third Pillar: European Cooperation in Justice and Criminal Policy under Lisbon', keynote address, After Lisbon: The Future of European Law and Policy conference organised by the Institute of European Law, University of Birmingham (2010);
  • 'Challenges for the Court of Justice in Police and Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters', Swedish Ministry of Justice, Stockholm (2010);
  • 'Transitional Periods – How and When will the Third Pillar 'Dissolve'?', Academy of European Law, Trier, (2010)

Externally funded research grants information

'The EU as a Penal Actor: An Investigation of Policy-Making and Governance', Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2011-12

Professional esteem indicators

Reviewing: (grant proposals) the Belgian Science Policy Office; (book proposals/manuscripts) Oxford University Press, Sage; (journal articles) Criminology and Criminal Justice; the European Law Review, Evidence and Proof, Governance, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the International Journal of Risk, Security and Crime Prevention, the International Review of Victimology, the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, the Journal of Law and Society.