Stéphanie De Coensel (1993) is a Master of Laws (Ghent University, 2016) and Doctor of Law (Ghent University, 2020). From October 2020, Stéphanie is appointed Faculty Doctor-Assistant at the Faculty of Law and Criminology (Ghent University) in the field of criminal law. She is affiliated with the Institute of International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP), a research group within the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law. In addition, Stéphanie is a member of the PIXLES-platform (i.e. a knowledge hub on Privacy, Information Exchange, Law Enforcement and Surveillance).
Her field of expertise concerns counter-terrorism and criminal law. Her doctoral research has focused on a normative legitimacy test of terrorism-related offences on expression, information and movement, in terms of subsidiarity, proportionality and legality. Stéphanie’s postdoctoral research builds upon the ideas developed in her PhD, but focuses on the phases of adjudication and sentence execution.
Alongside the role of postdoctoral researcher, Stéphanie also carries out supporting educational tasks and mentors several students. In addition, she is a member of multiple commissions within the Faculty of Law and Criminology.
Selected societal impact activities
- 2017 – Presentation at Update in de Criminologie VIII: “Legitimiteit van de strafbaarstelling van het aanzetten tot terrorisme : de uitbreiding van artikel 140bis Sw. vanuit een internationaalrechtelijk en mensenrechtelijk perspectief”
- 2017 – Presentation at the Conference on ’Human Dignity and Human Security in Times of Terrorism: International (Human Rights) Law Challenges and Opportunities: “EU Policy on Incitement to Terrorism: A Slippery Slope”
- 2018 – Presentation at the 18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology: Crimes Against Humans and Crimes Against Humanity – Implications for Modern Criminology: “Extending criminal liability throughout the phases of the radicalization process : Building bridges between the knowledge of criminological sciences and the counterterrorism legislation within the criminal law”