Denis Abels

Full Professor of Criminal Law, Prof. mr. Dr


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Denis Abels is a full professor of criminal law and head of the department of public law. Before, he was a full time judge at the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.

His fields of expertise are (substantive) criminal law and (international) prison law. His research interests include areas as organised crime, environmental crime, corruption and sentencing. 

Abels defended his PhD thesis 'Prisoners of the international community' (cum laude) in 2012 at the University of Amsterdam.


Abels is a honorary judge at the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.

He is also a member of the editorial board of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Strafrecht.


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- D. Abels, 'Europese detentierechtelijke standaarden', in: Sancties (April 2024)

- D. Abels, M. Buijssen, J.H.L.J. Janssen, S.D.P Kole & E. Kolthoff, 'Over de ondoorzichtige werking van sancties bij milieucriminaliteit', in: Proces (June 2024)

- D. Abels, 'Van de redactie. De strafrechtelijke immuniteit van ambtenaren in de Toeslagenaffaire', in: Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Strafrecht (June 2024)

- D. Abels, ‘Special Tribunal for Lebanon (nrs. Case No. CH/Pres/2009/01/rev and Case No. CH/PTJ/2009/06: Commentary on 'Order on Conditions of Detention, In the matter of El Sayed, Case No. CH/Pres/2009/01/rev, Before the President, 21 April 2009; and Order Regarding the Detention of persons Detained in Lebanon in Connection with the Case of the Attack against Prime Minister Hariri and others, In the matter of El Sayed, Case No. CH/PTJ/2009/06, Before the Pre-Trial Judge, 29 April 2009)’, in: Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals 49 (Special Tribunal for Lebanon), January 2017, p. 13-34 

Upcoming publications

- D. Abels, J.H.L.J. Janssen & S.D.P. Kole, 'Dump en dumper. Een strafrechtelijk en bestuursrechtelijk perspectief op handhavend optreden tegen en het sanctioneren van de dumping en lozing van drugsafval', in: D. Abels, K. Albers, W. Dreissen & S. Naber (red.), De Veilige Stad, BOOM (Fall 2024)

- D. Abels, K. Albers, W. Dreissen & S. Naber (red.), De Veilige Stad, BOOM (Fall 2024)


External positions

honorary judge Amsterdam Court of Appeal

2022 → …

full time judge Amsterdam Court of Appeal


full professor, University of Amsterdam



  • K Law (General)
  • criminal law
  • criminal procedure
  • prison law
  • international criminal justice


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