Elise Maes is reading for a DPhil in Law, in the field of Criminal Justice. Her thesis examines offender agency in sentencing, under the supervision of Professor Lucia Zedner. Her research is funded by a number of scholarships and awards, including a Modern Law Review Scholarship, Law Faculty Graduate Assistant Fund Scholarship, and Lincoln College Crewe Graduate Award.

Elise is currently a Stipendiary Lecturer in Law at St. Peter's College (University of Oxford), teaching Criminal Law on the BA in Jurisprudence. She was previously a Stipendiary Lecturer in Criminal Law at Pembroke College (University of Oxford, 2017-2018), a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Human Rights Law (University of Oxford, 2016-2017), and has taught Criminal Law at the University of Leuven (Belgium, 2014-2017). 

Elise completed the MPhil in Law and the Magister Juris with distinction at the University of Oxford. She also holds an LLM from the University of Leuven (Belgium). She previously worked as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, and as a criminal litigation lawyer as a member of the Brussels bar (Belgium).

Languages: English, Dutch, French, German




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  • E M Maes, A normative framework for offender agency in sentencing, paper presented at Gordon Seminar on Criminal Law, University of Glasgow, 7 June 2018
  • E M Maes, 'Legal implications of smoking (bans) in English prisons' (2018) Legal Studies (forthcoming)
  • E M Maes, A Retributive and Therapeutic Framework for Offender Agency in Sentencing, paper presented at Crime, Punishment and Society Conference (Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield, 10-11 April 2017)
  • E M Maes, 'Del Rio Prada v Spain and the Execution of a Penalty Under Article 7: A Shifting Conception of Punishment?' (2017) European Human Rights Law Review 443
  • E M Maes and F Verbruggen, ''Dan is het kot te klein...': roken in de gevangenis (Smoking in prison)' in I Samoy and E Coutteel (eds), Het rookverbod uitbreiden? Juridisch onderzoek, casussen & aanbevelingen (Acco 2016)
  • E M Maes, 'Is een effectieve straf altijd zwaarder dan een straf met uitstel? De invloed van bestraffingsmodaliteiten op de relatieve zwaarte van straffen (Suspended sentences and their influence on the relative severity of criminal sentences)' (2015) Tijdschrift voor Strafrecht 251
  • E M Maes, 'Onrechtmatig verkregen bewijs in civiele zaken in België en Duitsland (Illegally obtained evidence in civil law in Belgium and Germany)' (2015) Rechtskundig Weekblad 682


Research Interests

Criminal Law; Criminal Justice; Criminology; Human Rights

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Criminal Law (Mods)

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