Dr Mr Christina Peristeridou (C.)
European criminal law
European criminal law theory
European criminal procedural law
Criminal law theory and philosophy
Comparative criminal law and procedure
Professional career history
Christina Peristeridou is an assistant professor of European criminal law at Maastricht University. She studied law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Human Rights at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. She received her LLM in European and International Public Law from the University of Tilburg (cum laude).
In 2007, she joined the department of Criminal Law and Criminology of Maastricht University as a PhD researcher and lecturer and defended her PhD thesis in 2015. Her dissertation, which was financed by the NWO, develops a theory for the principle of legality in European criminal law. Dr Peristeridou is a qualified member of the Bar of Thessaloniki.
Dr. Peristeridou specialises in comparative and European criminal law and procedure. Her expertise is on the theoretical foundations of (EU) criminal law and criminal justice. She has published extensively on the role of legal principles in European criminal law. She coordinates the project Handbook of Comparative Criminal Procedure (2017-present) aiming at a
modern conceptual handbook of comparative criminal process. Dr. Peristeridou was the main
researcher in a WODC comparative project focusing on speedy procedures in criminal law. She also participated to the project Empathy & Compassion in Juvenile Criminal Proceedings (2017-2018) together with J. Claessen and D. de Vocht ), an interdisciplinary collaboration for combining law and developmental psychology. Dr. Peristeridou currently studies the theory and practice of pre-trial detention and she takes special interest in speedy proceedings and diversion in criminal procedure.
She is one of the founders and board member of Female Empowerment UM, a network aimed to improve gender equity in academia.